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Ribbon cutting celebrates high school’s new gymnasium 

Paso Robles High School, new gym, Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce, Meagan Friberg

The new Paso Robles High School gymnasium was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony by the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. Photo by Meagan Friberg

– A crowd of well-wishers helped celebrate the completion of the new Paso Robles High School gymnasium on Wednesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The project is the final phase of buildings at the high school made possible by Measure T.

Paso Robles High School, new gym, Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce, Greg Wangard, Meagan Friberg

Culinary Arts Director Gregg Wangard prepared gourmet food and beverages for the crowd. Photo by Meagan Friberg

The host site of the August mixer by the Chamber of Commerce, the new gymnasium received rave reviews by those in attendance including school board trustees, district administrators, teachers, staff, students, and local business owners. Culinary Arts Director Gregg Wangard prepared gourmet food and beverages, including fresh-squeezed juices, and the Bearcat cheerleaders and the marching band ignited the crowd’s Bearcat spirit.

Speaking on the steps of the new building, PRHS Principal Randy Nelson thanked the community as a whole, on behalf of the high school’s students, teachers, and staff members, for making the new gymnasium and other buildings on campus a reality.

“The commitment and the vision that the community had to all of these five building and classrooms for our students, epitomized by this last opening of this new gymnasium, speaks volumes to the class and quality of this community,” said Nelson.

In addition to the completion of the new gymnasium, the Gil Asa gymnasium underwent a slew of renovations over the summer months including new paint, refinished floors and more. This gymnasium will continue to hold Bearcat sports events such as basketball, volleyball, and wrestling.

The new gymnasium will be used primarily as space for physical education classes during the school day and, after school, for team sports practices. The building also houses a weight room and life fitness room.

Paso Robles High School, new gym, Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce, Tom Harrington, Chris Wiliams,Meagan Friberg

Superintendent Chris Williams, with the assistance of the Bearcat cheerleaders, encourages Athletic Director Tom Harrington to give the hoops in the new gymnasium a try. Photo by Meagan Friberg

Paso Robles High School, new gym, Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce, Meagan Friberg

The new gymnasium on the campus of Paso Robles High School received rave reviews by those in attendance at Wednesday’s Chamber mixer and ribbon cutting ceremony.  Photo by Meagan Friberg

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About the author: Reporter Meagan Friberg

Meagan Friberg is a reporter for the Paso Robles Daily News and A-Town Daily News.