First day of classes goes smoothly at long-awaited Somerton High School
After years of construction and decades of community dreams and school district requests for funding, Somerton High School held its first day of classes last week.
Thursday went off without any real hiccups. What helped, besides well-prepared faculty and staff members, was that Somerton High opened with only 350 first year (freshmen) students.
Another grade level of students will be added in each school year until 2026 when all four grade levels (9-12) will be offered.
Somerton HS students, principal Lucky Arvizo and staff members all say they are glad the south Yuma County city finally has its own high school.
"I feel happy with the opportunity that we have a high school in the city we grew up in," said freshman student Alberto Gonzalez.
Most Somerton students in grade levels 10-12 attend Kofa High School.
Somerton HS principal Lucky Arvizo said he arrived at about 6 a.m. on the first day.
"Well, it's our first day opening a new school so you want to be sure everything works like it's supposed to," Arvizo said. "So far, everything has been going well."
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