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Matilija Community Pavilion, completion slated for Fall of 2017!
2017 marks the Centennial celebration for the City of Ojai and the Matilija Jr. High School Auditorium holds a prominent place in that history. First built in 1929, as the “new” Nordhoff High School, today that original building serves as Matilija Jr. High. The majority of Ojai youth have attended Matilija before entering Nordhoff High or various private schools in the Valley, and this continued tradition make’s the Matilija experience a large part of our youth’s experience.
The Matilija Pavilion Project came from a joint desire of a number of community members to further enhance the auditorium for use by students and the community alike. With input from Matilija staff and Ojai Unified School Administrators and Board, the Pavilion Project was designed to accommodate outdoor classes, small assemblies and musical performances.
Currently benefitting from a number of ongoing theatrical, musical and civic events at the Auditorium, the Pavilion will serve as an enhanced space for these and other events, potentially adding revenue opportunity for the school though enhanced facility use fees.
Energy efficient lighting and sustainable low maintenance were all taken into careful consideration by architect Marc Whitman and fellow Rotarians who brought this project to reality. In addition, Matilija teacher Steve Gard will be developing hands-on teaching opportunities with the school’s Landscape Club using low maintenance landscape and water conservation techniques and education.
The overall goal is to provide a beautiful, inspirational & nurturing space for students, residents and visitors all to enjoy. We truly hope the community wide involvement planned for this project will also help foster a deeper interest and ongoing support of the needs of our public schools and stewardship of one of the City’s historical treasures.
Groups ongoing use of Matilija Junior High Auditorium includes: Food for Thought, Jeannie Carlson Dance, Montesorri School of Ojai, The Nomad Foundation, Ojai Chatauqua, Ojai Performing Arts Theater, Ojai Film Society, Ojai Playwrights, Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, Ojai Valley Youth Foundation, Nordhoff Music Department and Starlight Dance Academy.