Dimond High School was originally constructed in 1967 as a
combination high school and junior high. According to a District condition
audit and a cost-benefit analysis of renovation versus replacement done by USKH
for the District, the old building should be replaced with a new, modern one
located on the same site.
During the summer of 1998 architects from the local firm USKH and
the national school design specialists Fanning/Howey met with faculty, staff,
students, and parents of Dimond High School to develop a schematic design for
the new building. In April 1999, voters approved funding to construct a
replacement school building for Dimond. The construction contract was awarded
to Alcan General, Inc. in February 2001, with onsite construction beginning in
April 2001 and the school opening in August 2003.
Proposition 1 - Funds improvements to 40 schools plus districtwide relocatable upgrades
- Dimond auxiliary gym bleachers
Replace existing telescopic bleachers system in auxiliary gym. Bleacher system is original equipment installed in 1972 and was refurbished in 1988. System components are wearing out. $275,000
Proposition 3 passed
- Dimond - Convert Room C109 into Fabrication Lab. Increase storage in all rooms. Install window into Room C104 to permit supervision. Update C110 & 104 to accommodate "rapid prototype lab". Install dust collector and exhaust ventilation. * Master Plan: CTE Engineering Academy that would be a classroom annex to the High School. Convert space not used for the Gym or the MOA Pool. $625,000
Bond holiday - no school bonds went before voters in 2010
The April 2009 bonds did not include funds for any projects at Dimond High School.
The April 2008 bonds did not include funds for any projects at Dimond High School.
passed April 3, 2007
Proposition 5 funded building systems renewal projects across the district. At Dimond High School, it funded the following improvements:
- Emergency communication systems
Proposition 9 included major maintenance repair projects across the district and site acquisition for future schools (Proposition 9 failed April 2006):
- Security System & CCTV
- Emergency Communications Systems: Phase 2 - Radio repeater systems for police, SRO & security specialists
- Auxiliary Gym/Pool code upgrades and overall renewal
The November 2004 bond did not include funds for any projects at Dimond High School.
The April 2004 bond does not include funds for any projects at Dimond High School.
Propositions 9, 10 and 11 were developed with the support of the Capital Request
Advisory Committee (made up of parents, students and a good cross section of
community members), the Anchorage School Board and the Anchorage Assembly.
Proposition 9 funds repair and major maintenance projects at most schools districtwide.
Proposition 9 passed April 1, 2003.
Propositions 5 and 6 were developed
with the support of the Capital Request Advisory Committee (which represents
parents, students and a good cross
section of community members), the Anchorage
School Board and the Anchorage Assembly. This rigorous public process
helps ensure that the most critical
needs throughout the municipality are addressed
and that the community's investment in school facilities is protected. Propositions
5 and 6 passed April 2, 2002.
Proposition 12 on the April 2001 ballot included
our most critical needs. Those needs didn't go away once the votes were
counted. The district
will continue to do everything they can to improve
our aging crowded facilities because all students deserve to be in an
environment that is conducive to
learning. Below is a description of what was
on the bond for this school. Proposition 12 failed.
- Upgrade of electrical systems to support computer technology and
improve interior and exterior lighting.
This funded the replacement of Dimond High with
a new 1,600 student school on the same site as the current school. Dimond
is more than 30 years old
and requires such extensive renovation to meet
current codes and program requirements that it is more cost effective
to replace than to renovate. The
majority of the current school can remain open
until the new school is finished. This project should be complete for
school year 2003-2004.
Replacement of school, design and demolition.
Proposition 11 passed.