Memorial Prep for Scholars and Athletes is a middle school in Logan Heights. The school has low test scores and has been structurally deteriorating for years.

Last year, data released by San Diego Unified revealed that Memorial Prep is the school in San Diego parents avoid the most. But city and school officials want to change that. They’ve pitched a $100 million plan to tear down the school and rebuild the campus with both middle and high schools.

Not everyone’s on board with the idea, though.

On this week’s San Diego Explained, VOSD’s Mario Koran and NBC 7 San Diego’s Monica Dean detail the proposal, its cost and why some folks support it while others don’t.

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    Written by Lina Chankar

    Monta Briant
    Monta Briant

    If the school really is that badly deteriorated, then of course the students deserve an updated facility. However, changing the building, does not change what's going on inside, necessarily. In South Park they used eminent domain to  tear down blocks of homes to build Golden Hill Elementary, as a replacement for Brooklyn Elementary, which was the oldest continuously running elementary in San Diego, and at the time was the very lowest scoring one as well. When they moved the Brooklyn staff and students into the brand-new state-of-the-art campus a few blocks away, a small charter school, Albert Einstein, moved onto the old Brooklyn campus. Once Einstein moved in, the old dilapidated Brooklyn campus then became the HIGHEST scoring school in Metro San Diego, and even won a California Distinguished School Award. The brand new school stayed basically the same, because all that changed was the building-- not the staff or culture of the school. 

    It's what's inside the school that counts-- throwing millions at a new building won't change much if that's all that changes.

    EducatedMom subscribermember

    @Monta Briant You said it.  Look at Lincoln High, probably the nicest campus in all of SDUSD. Tearing it down and building a state-of-the-art campus didn't turn it around, either.  

    bgetzel subscriber

    It's not the building that conveys learning, it's the people in it!