If you never took much notice of an aging cottage that has been sitting vacant for decades on the Redondo Union High School campus, you will now.
With a fresh coat of deep red paint, full renovations inside and out, and the commitment of volunteers and donors, the small house and one-time janitorial space across from the school auditorium has been transformed into a charming new home for generations of Sea Hawks to gather and reminisce.
The Redondo Union High School Alumni House is just about complete, according to volunteers. It will be unveiled to the public with a grand opening bash appropriately scheduled for homecoming, Oct. 6.
The whole idea came about three years ago or so, said Carl Dreizler, a proud graduate of the class of 1972.
“We thought, we have all this memorabilia from 113 years of Redondo High, wouldn’t it be great if we could turn that vacant house into an alumni house?” said Dreizler, board president of the nonprofit later formed to maintain it.
The project stalled when an initial quote for repairs came in at $180,000, said Principal Jens Brandt.
But, seeing the enthusiasm among Redondo alumni, he decided to form a committee to jump-start the effort.
‘Long and unique history’
“I can’t imagine there are many public high school campuses that have an alumni house,” Brandt said. “Because we do have this long and unique history here at Redondo, we really want to celebrate it and create this connection with our alumni.”
Redondo Unified Superintendent Steven Keller contacted Sharefest, a San Pedro nonprofit that works on community projects, and the organization brought in The…
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