LBHS Grads Gift a Wall of Fresh Water, Cool Beauty
The Class of 2019 and their families have funded a legacy gift, which will support a reduced use of plastic on campus and promote the health and wellbeing of students. They also hoped to add some beauty with a commissioned art installation. The installations of both are underway at the high school and will be completed this month along with an upgrade of the entry patio in front of the Artist’s Theater.
“We wanted a water dispenser for students to be able to refill containers more quickly than the current dispensers on campus so more people would be motivated to use them between classes,” explained graduate Sam Reynolds.
“The dispenser we paid for has better tasting, healthier super purified water and it flows very quickly for students to easily fill their bottles. The water even comes out cold and fast which is a bonus,” added Kyle Shaw, LBHS grad.
Local artist Marlo Bartels will create a tile mosaic backdrop at the filtration station.
A circle of earth in tile tops Bartels’ spirals in varying colors of blues and greens, representing drops in a pool of fresh still water. “The very top of the art installation recognizes the Class of 2019 for its gift. I call it, informally, ‘Big World, Small Planet,’” said Bartels.
“Marlo Bartels’ tile work is in some of our favorite places in town. We knew he would do an excellent job getting our message across about how important reducing plastic is to our oceans and our environment,” said graduate Trey Lockhart.
LBUSD Ranked No. 1 in Orange County by Niche
Laguna Beach Unified School District has been ranked number one in Best School Districts in Orange County by data compiler Niche, which looked at school districts across the country leading in to the 2019-2020 school year.
To arrive at the rankings, Niche looked at data from the U.S. Department of Education as well as test scores, college data, and ratings collected from Niche users.
Each school district received a letter grade in the following categories: Academics; Diversity; Teachers; College Prep; Clubs & Activities; Health & Safety; Administration; Sports; Food; and Resources & Facilities. Laguna Beach Unified School District received an A+ overall rating.
Laguna Beach Unified School District currently serves 2,855 students in grades K-12 and has an average student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1 with a 97 percent graduation rate.