Lionakis Principals Laura Knauss and Brian Bell attended the official ribbon cutting for the new Earl Warren Middle School recently and were so excited to welcome back the students, teachers and Solana Beach community to their new space.

This project was in the planning stage four years ago and demolition and new construction took two years. The school was built 61 years ago, so this was a much needed total update. Principal Steven Kendrick in our Newport Beach office also played a significant role in the completion of this project and was always nearby to keep the quality and timeline of the project on schedule. The Del Mar Times released a story quoting San Dieguito Union High School District Superintendent, Eric Dill:

“The school is now technologically advanced, it’s highly efficient and it’s suited to the needs of our modern students. This school is symbolic of our school district, it’s always adapting, always evolving and always advancing, and on the leading edge without changing who we are and what we stand for. Our academics, our arts, athletic performance and student outcomes are the envy of school districts throughout this region and throughout the state and we get better every year. That’s our legacy.”

The Del Mar Times also spotlighted Principal Laura Knauss, who spoke at the ribbon cutting as well:

“Laura Knauss, an architect with Lionakis, said that in her 30-year career as a school architect, only a handful of these kinds of projects come around. She thanked the district for the opportunity to design a safe, sustainable school that spoke both the language of the educators and the spirit of the community.”
Congratulations to the Education Studio on a successful completion at Earl Warren Middle School!