The community of Imperial Beach is excited and grateful to the Sweetwater Union School District for getting the New Mar Vista High School (MVH) Pool Project rolling. Although the project has been moving forward with full steam since June, dignitaries from the school board, district, school and community were brought together in ceremony on Friday Aug. 13, to officially recognize the project’s initiation. The list of special guests included Superintendent Dr. Moises Aguirre, board member Paula Hall, MVH Principal Bettina Batista, Project Manager Armando Murrillo, Vice Principal Chris Miller, retired MVH teacher and water polo coach Mark Wraight, and current swim and water polo coach Chad Kavanagh. To add to the significance of the ceremony, the 2019 Girl’s State Champion Water Polo Team and the Boy’s CIF Division One Semi-Finalist Water Polo Team were present.
The old Mar Vista Pool retires from a steadfast tradition of producing high-level athletes that continue on into aquatic fields such as SEAL Team, Coast Guard, Ocean Lifeguarding and coaching. Ask around to most long-time residents in IB and they will tell you they learned to swim in the Mar Vista Pool. Being the only school in the district fortunate enough to have a pool on campus, Mar Vista Water Polo and Swim and Dive teams are known for being a powerhouse in aquatics throughout San Diego County.
The school and community look forward to the continued success the new facility will provide. The new pool will be olympic sized, measuring 50 meters by 25 yards with new locker rooms, concessions, bleachers, and a digital scoreboard. The bigger aquatic space will allow for two water polo games to be run simultaneously and host up to three swim teams at a time for practices. Students and teachers alike eagerly await the return of fun poolside events like the Aloha Dance, teachers vs. students belly flop contest, and swimming for PE. Mar Vista shares its facility with Southwest and San Ysidro High Schools allowing their aquatics teams to flourish, too. Talks are still being held to see how the community may be able to have access to aquatic programs when school is not in session.
Whether new or old, the Mar Vista Mariners take great pride in their aquatic facility. Water sports are an integral part of the community fabric which bestows a unique character upon the citizenry of Imperial Beach. The legacy of the Mar Vista Pool will continue as a pillar to the community helping to create strong water people in America’s Most Southwesterly City.