Walnut Valley Unified School District in Walnut, California, celebrated its new high school gymnasium, designed by HMC Architects, with a groundbreaking ceremony on January 18. HMC’s project team, parents, staff, students, community members, and local officials attended the event for the $7.7 million project. The new gymnasium will feature full-size basketball, badminton, and volleyball practice courts, a scoreboard, bleachers, and a weight room.

“We cannot express our appreciation enough to our community, our school district, and all those behind the scenes making this project a reality,” said Principal Dr. Ryan Maine. “This multi-use facility will accommodate not only athletics, but activities, performing arts, showcase nights, community events, and much more,” he said.

Walnut High School Blue Thunder Band and Pep Squad led the “Mustang Fight Song” after the program. Construction began on October 10, 2022, and is slated for completion in January 2024.