Marina High celebrates new pool

MARINA HIGH principal Dr. Morgan Smith was the first one in the pool (HBUHSD photo).

Marina High School  of Huntington Beach officially opened its new pool facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday.

Principal Dr. Morgan Smith was joined by school administration and staff, Huntington Beach Union High School District Superintendent Dr. Clint Harwick, district office administration, and members of the Board of Trustees, including President Diana Carey, Dr. Bonnie Castrey, and Susan Henry. Marina Aquatics teams, cheer, band, and ASB were also in attendance.

The new pool at Marina was completed in March 2023. Construction of the pool began in April 2022 and cost a total of $5,753,823. This new larger pool replaces two older smaller pools that have served the school since its opening. At 25 yards wide and 35 meters long, this facility allows for up to 10 lanes of competitive swimming, regulation water polo, and a shallow area for beginners and athletes to stay warmed up during events.

While looking out to the new pool, Dr. Smith explained, “Twenty years ago I stood on this pool deck as a first-year teacher and water polo coach. Coming back as its principal to witness its transformation is surreal. I could not be more grateful and proud of the work it took to accomplish this long process. We’re looking forward to the continued evolution of our aquatics programs and the memories we’ll share in this next stage of our exciting journey.”

In honor of opening the new pool, MHS students and Dr. Smith pulled a prank on the audience as Dr. Smith was “pushed” into the pool in full business attire. After he showed off his backstroke, other members of the aquatics teams jumped in with him to celebrate.

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