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New theater site dedicated at San Dieguito

ENCINITAS — Sept. 1 marked a special beginning for San Dieguito High School Academy students and faculty, with the site dedication for the brand new Performing Arts Center. The center marks a new era for the oldest high school in the San Dieguito Union High School District.
According to SDA Principal Michael Grove, “This center represents a giant step forward in reinforcing a San Dieguito tradition that fosters and develops students’ special talents. SDA offers an academically rigorous curriculum, unique class scheduling, and innovative classes while also encouraging and allowing our students to explore the arts and expand their potential. The addition of this new center further solidifies SDA as a premier public high school and will allow us to offer students even more rigorous and relevant learning opportunities in the performing arts.”
The 16,000-square-foot, single-story facility will reflect the architectural beauty of the original 1937 Lillian Rice campus design. In addition to a 225-seat flexible theater, it will also feature a scenery classroom, green room, dressing rooms, and prop and scenery storage space. The music wing will house a 3,700-square-foot music rehearsal hall, six soundproof practice rooms, instrument storage, a music library, and a recording studio. An integrated outdoor stage and amphitheater will accommodate up to 500 people.
The new state-of-the-art theater wing is named after the late drama teacher Clayton Liggett, who taught at San Dieguito from 1966 to 1985. The Clayton E. Liggett Theater will be an integral part of Career Technical Education, or CTE, at SDA. CTE programs prepare students for both college and careers by integrating industry specific knowledge and skills into coursework, and providing apprenticeships and business internships as part of a cohesive career pathway. A portion of the funding for the $9.7 million required to complete the center comes from a state grant that supports CTE program facilities.
In addition to the CTE Grant, funding for the center is provided by the San Dieguito Union High School District, California state new construction funds, and the San Dieguito Academy Foundation.
With a total of $9.2 million raised to date, the San Dieguito Academy Foundation is working to raise the remaining $490,000 to complete the funding. Leading with a $250,000 challenge grant from an SDA alumni family, matching gifts have been received from school families, teachers, administrators, private foundations, alumni and local businesses and community groups including the Encinitas Rotary Club. San Dieguito Academy Foundation is working to reach the funding final goal of $9.7 million and close out the capital campaign.
Construction is targeted to begin later this year and is expected to take 18 months. For information on how you can support the campaign, visit or call Sheila Durkin at (760) 753-1121, ext. 5152, or by e-mail at