Miranda Junior High opened with ribbon-cutting ceremony

The Southern Humboldt Unified School District board of trustees officially opened Miranda Junior High School with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Shown from left to right are trustees Barbara Lindsay, Jeff Henderson, Shelby Messenger, Thomas Mulder, Blake Lehman and Dennis O'Sullivan, with district superintendent Catherine Scott at the microphone.

MIRANDA >> A crowd of about 100 people celebrated the grand opening of Miranda Junior High School on Wednesday, Aug. 27, along with Humboldt County supervisor Estelle Fennell, past and present school district administration and staff, students, parents and the Southern Humboldt Unified School District board of trustees.

South Fork High School and Miranda Junior High principal Lisa Gray began the festivities by acknowledging the teachers lined up for the junior high.

Susan Rios will teach 7th and 8th grade language arts; science by Jared Parks and Marianne Lancaster; Annamarie Ahmed will head up mathematics; special education will be with Joanne Hoffard, Bill Richards and James Seymour will be teaching social science.

In addition, Gray said that junior high school students will have an opportunity to take a variety of electives and physical education at the high school.

Choir and band will be taught by Paul Schmollinger, Jennifer McClure will teach art, Spanish by Justin Gyenis, computer technology and physical education by Aletta Sauer, Brice Gummersall will teach a section of physical education and Briar Parkinson, will head up the physical education department at Miranda Junior High.

Gray thanked the district supporting staff and the newly formed Miranda Junior High Booster Club.

Gray said that many teachers had been taking classes through the Humboldt County Office of Education to bring the latest technology and curriculum to the students.

She thanked the voters who made the entire project possible.

Supervisor Estelle Fennell said she was proud that the voters had put their faith in education.

"Now we have a place to learn and grow together," she said. District trustee Dennis O'Sullivan gave a brief history of the closure of the old Miranda Junior High, and the community's desire for a new one. He talked about bond measure that enabled the construction of the new school and listed other projects in the works for Casterlin and Agnes J. Johnson elementary schools.

School district superintendent Catherine Scott said that the day was the culmination of a lot of hard work, and thanked the community.

The event was followed by an ice cream social in the courtyard of the new school.