Seventh-graders were the tour guides Wednesday as about 1,000 people turned out for a back-to-school dinner and grand opening of a new, two-story classroom building at Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School.
Students presented musical performances on a new outdoor stage set in a plaza in front of the 9,300-square-foot building, which contains 10 classrooms for use by the seventh grade. Six portable classrooms were removed to make way for the new building, creating a net gain of four classrooms for the school.
Drainage improvements and classroom technology upgrades also were part of renovation of the campus, which was built in 1953 with additions in 1972 and new finishes, roofing, electrical and plumbing upgrades in 2001.
The school serves about 1,000 students in grades six through eight.
"This (new) building has brought so much to our campus," Principal Sharon Ofek said. "The combination of new classrooms and outside recreational space gives our students great places to learn and relax."