JROTC’s New Armory Is A Problem-Solver

A $4.5 million building has solved a lot of problems for JROTC.

After JROTC left the old armory, the program was in a tough situation; they needed more space to store their uniforms and their rifles. They moved into the old library (MPR2 building), which served as a good classroom for a while until they faced inconveniences with other events needing to use the same space, like GED classes, STAR makeup tests and school meetings.

“When the GED classes were going on, it was weird because we had to go in there to change out. It bothered them and ourselves when we interrupted them,”  Matthew Holder, JROTC cadet.

View of the new building from the West. By Alexis Perez

View of the new building from the West.
By Alexis Perez

Inside the girls' locker room.  By Alexis Perez

Inside the girls’ locker room. By Alexis Perez

The program needed a new facility all to themselves and the district responded with this 15,087 sq. foot building complete with outside practice pad.

Before, when the special teams wanted to work out they didn’t have a dedicated locker and shower room, instead what they did was change in the back room and wipe themselves down with baby wipes.

 

 

 

The new facility solves that problem and more. The new JROTC building has two classrooms; one for the lower and upperclassmen , one large meeting room for staff, 2 offices (one for the Senior Army Instructor and one for the Army Instructor), a 16 lane rifle range, and a laundry room.

 

The classroom will split into two with a folding wall. By Alexis Perez

The classroom will split into two with a folding wall. By Alexis Perez

Offices in the new JROTC building. By Alexis Perez

Offices in the new JROTC building. By Alexis Perez

A student practices in the shooting range. By Alexis Perez

A student practices in the shooting range. By Alexis Perez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bravo’s company commander John Gabriel is stoked about the new armory.

“I feel like so many people are going to join the program next year because of this new facility,” Gabriel said. “I feel so sad that I am graduating this year, I will enjoy it while it lasts.”

The armory’s official room number is Armory.

 

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