After two summers of construction, the new high school courtyard is finally finished and in use by students, faculty, and parents.
When school began in late August, students and faculty returned to find a revamped courtyard at the heart of campus. Remodeled over the course of the last two summers, the courtyard now features three canopies that provide additional covered seating for more than 200 people allowing students to eat outdoors and watch events on the main field in the shade. Other improvements include numerous power outlets, a designated area for grilling and a new drinking fountain. ASIJ’s iconic gate returns to its previous position, now flanked by class stones dating back to 1962.
On Friday, Sep 15 representatives from Tange and Associates and Koshin joined us for a formal ribbon cutting ceremony. Alumni parent Denise Tange, wife of architect and trustee Paul Tange, cut the ribbon along with head of school Jim Hardin and the president of Koshin construction Shigeto Ozawa. In a second ribbon cutting we invited the children of donors to the courtyard renewal and our high school student council president to do the honors. May Tokui, high school student council president; siblings Cameron (grade 2), Aidan (grade 4) and Emanuelle (grade 7); Yuki (grade 1); and Kazuma (grade 2) took part as a crowd of parents, students and faculty watched. Thanks to the generosity of our donors we have an enhanced community space to enjoy this fall.