Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) and Santa Ana High School celebrated the groundbreaking of the high school’s modernization project in Santa Ana, California. HMC Architects, Ledesma & Meyer Construction Company, Inc, district representatives, high school faculty and staff, and community leaders gathered for a special ceremony to celebrate the milestone.

Built in 1935, Santa Ana High School is one of the oldest high schools in Orange County. The historical renovation of Building One’s Administration Offices transforms the existing dance studio interior into the period when the campus was first built, respecting the past and looking forward, with natural wood details, period lighting fixtures, and colors in the new Attendance Office, Wellness Center, and Health Services. A CTE Spyder Lab transforms a large classroom space into a vibrant hands-on experience in high-end 3D printing, laser engraving, custom apparel, and printing and cutting services.

With the modernization, the district aims to honor the high school’s rich history while transforming lives and providing opportunities for students and the community to continue to grow and thrive. “We are extremely excited with HMC’s design for the Administration Office Building. It really transports you back in time as if it has always been there.” Said Jeremy Cogan, director of facilities planning.

The $20 million, four-building project will accommodate 3,000 students and will be completed in May 2024.

“Thanks to HMC for making this space wonderful for a historical/architectural landmark such as Santa Ana High School.” Said Orin Williams, assistant superintendent facilities and governmental relations.