Impromptu Christening At Malibu High’s New Building – Nearly Finished But No Opening Date Possible

Written by on November 19, 2020

It may be a long time before people can actually use it … but the new centerpiece at Malibu High School was unofficially christened yesterday.

A handful of parents … teachers and staff gathered at the new classroom and office and library building … on Morning View Drive.

It was a meeting of the Facilities Advisory Board … the volunteers overseeing the construction.

Longtime school volunteer Karen Farrer .. a Malibu city council member … broke a bottle of wine on the prow of the building … the sharp corner at its eastern end.

Others applauded.

Malibu High’s new building was supposed to be ready this fall … but with the fall semester a stay at home affair … and with the Covid crisis delaying construction … that did not come together.

The three-story building has a main entrance to greet students and visitors on the ground level … when students can return.

It will have a a parent center, and health, technology and security offices.

The courtyard level has offices for the principal, assistant principal and counselor, other admin offices, computer labs, a multimedia center and the library.

The upper level has three science labs and four classrooms.

That library will be shared by the  high school and middle school initially … but will become the middle school library in a future phase of the Malibu campus plan.

Architects are now working on plans for the new Malibu High School building.

Notably … yesterday’s christening event at the school was not widely publicized.

Local news media were not notified.

Video of the event showed that just a handful of people were there. 

The school superintendent … Ben Drati … was not there.

Drati has been refusing requests to be interviewed by Malibu news media… over his siding against Malibu and with Santa Monica interests … in the now-bitter school district divorce issue.


CORRECTED AT 6:43 PM to reflect that Drati was not in attendance.

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