The Alhambra school board, which has decided to expand its three high schools rather than build a new school to alleviate overcrowding, was told this week to begin redrawing school boundaries as a first step in undertaking the expansion.
Representatives of HMC Architects Inc. of Ontario told the board and an audience of 75 residents and parents Tuesday night that major expansion is more feasible at San Gabriel High School, which has the largest campus, than at Mark Keppel or Alhambra, although all three high schools will be renovated.
Alhambra High School, with 22 acres, is the smallest campus but has the most students, 3,500. Mark Keppel, with 30 acres, has 2,700 students, and San Gabriel, with 54 acres, has 3,500.
Under a redistribution plan recommended by HMC, San Gabriel High would serve 3,800 students, Mark Keppel 3,000 and Alhambra 2,900.
The firm recommended that the district add two multistory buildings at San Gabriel High School, but otherwise delayed outlining specific plans until the board has adopted a redistribution scheme.