The Sac Press reports that Country Day School is close to signing a lease for the old Newton Booth school building. I had not followed this story so I had no idea, but as a former Newton Booth resident I am glad the school will be getting some use. Country Day’s student newspaper The Octagon reported in March (in a very well written article! Kudos, Page Editor Calvin Fernandez) that the school “hasn’t historically gotten along with its Sierra Oaks neighbors,” another fact of which I was not aware. I wonder why, and I wonder how they will get along with the Newton Booth folks.
On a side note, the Sac Press reports this will make it the only high school on the grid, but while it is clear that tattoo shops far outnumber schools on the grid, surely there are other high schools on the grid. Namely, the Capital City Independent Study School at 7222 24th Street, Hiram Johnson on 14th Ave and 65th, The Met at 810 V St, West Campus at 25th Ave and 58th Street, and American Legion on Broadway at MLK. And there is a new addition: Heritage Peak Charter School, a non-profit independent study charter school opening on Broadway in Tahoe Park. Heritage Peak is going to occupy a new building that it appears is going to open — despite the recent economic downturn — with full occupancy, including an unnamed “bakery/coffee shop” and an express Chinese take-out joint.
Sure, not all of the high schools I mentioned are traditional campuses, but they are all accredited public schools. As a Tahoe Park resident I prefer an expansive definition of “The Grid.” But do most people who care about what defines the Grid only include Midtown and Downtown?