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Liberty High School: from a dream to a reality

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The Golden Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees and staff held its Liberty High School dedication ceremony and open house Aug. 17 between 9 a.m. and noon.

"Some people said we were building an airplane while it was flying. However that airplane will be flying high when we open the school Monday," said Edward W. Dorn who is Golden Valley Unified School District's superintendent.

The dedication ceremony commenced with an introduction from Dorn, who led the board of trustees and the crowd of community supporters in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of "God Bless America."

Dorn and other Golden Valley Unified School District Board members spoke and thanked the community for it's support.

"A lot of people didn't think it could be done," said Golden Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees Member Mark Huttleston.

"Several community members thought it would be great to have our own high school around 1996," said Huttleston.

"It took us three years to form the district. When Madera Unified District could not help us, because they service about 95 percent of their students from the city of Madera, we took it all the way to the state board in Sacramento," said Huttleston.

Future Liberty High School students stood together holding a yellow and green ceremonial ribbon while one student had the honor of cutting it for the dedication of the school.

A number of Golden Valley Unified School supporters accompanied different members of the board of trustees on guided tours of the new school.

As a part of the tour, supporters were able to see a red, white, and blue tile mosaic created by staff and students to represent their ideas of what Liberty High School stands for. The tile mosaic covered a wall in the entrance way to the gymnasium.

Cookies, doughnuts and punch were available to all during the tour.

The newly formed Liberty High School Football boosters were present in a booth raising money for bleachers during the dedication.

"This week we will be swearing in members of the boosters," said Debbie Romo, who is Liberty High School Football boosters president. "All of the moms volunteering today have children on the football team."

Liberty High School will began classes Monday, Aug. 19.


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