Serra expansion plan looks to make a splash

A Catholic high school in San Mateo plans to more than double the size of one of its buildings and build an outdoor pool.

The all-male Junipero Serra High School, located off 20th Avenue in San Mateo, submitted an application to the city’s planning division to demolish an existing single-story, 9,782-square-foot building and replace it with a two-story, 23,285-square foot building.

Construction plans also include an outdoor pool and a 1,605-square-foot building for the school’s swim team.

The project is the second phase of a three-part master plan, which was approved by the city in June 2003.

The first floor of the enlarged building will include art and music classrooms, private music practice rooms and rehearsal space, according to city documents. The second floor will include science labs and classrooms.

“The Serra High School community is very excited about the proposed Center for the Arts and Sciences, and we can’t wait to get started,” school President Lars Lund said. “Our programs in both the arts and sciences have grown to meet the needs and talents of our students. We look forward to providing facilities that support this growth.”

According to a preapplication submitted by the school, the existing pool is in poor condition and does not meet California Interscholastic Federation requirements for high school water polo dimensions.

Phase one of the project, completed in October 2004, included a new parking structure and new or improved facilities for baseball, football, soccer, and track and field programs.

Junipero Serra was founded in 1944, according to the school’s Web site. Nearly 1,000 students are enrolled at the school, and tuition is approximately $14,800.

According to city documents, the school’s new building will reach a maximum height of 24 feet. A total of 276 parking spaces are required, which includes parking for students,  staff and priests, who live in on-site housing.

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Junipero Serra High School

Location: 451 W. 20th Ave., San Mateo
Founded: 1944
Student body: Male
Academic program: Catholic college preparatory
Enrollment: Nearly 1,000 students
Tuition: $14,800 per year
Financial aid: Approximately 20 percent of students
Proposed project:  23,285-square-foot building and outdoor pool

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