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A group of men – small in number, but large in
                                                                                          stature – stood upon a landlocked mountaintop
                                                                                          and envisioned lowering the hillside to build
                                                                                          a panoramic high school site while raising the
                                                                                          ravine to construct a vital transportation link.
                                                                                          This is the tale of Golden Valley.

        Inspired Vision:

        Building a Monument to the Community

                      H      ow do you even begin to tell the Golden Valley story? Certainly hundreds of roads and dozens of schools have been

                             built in the Santa Clarita Valley with little to no fanfare until, of course, the day pavement meets traffic or doors open
                             to students. Most assuredly there have been negotiations, complications, time restraints, and endless bureaucracy in
                       other projects in the history of mankind, so what could possibly make the Golden Valley story so unique and worthy of such a
                       celebrated epic tale?

                               Simply, all was not golden in the beginning. Unlike other projects, Golden Valley began as a vision – a dream really,
                       an impossible dream at that – one that was seemingly unachievable for a number of reasons. The most notable being a
                       mountaintop without access and a school district without funding.
                               You see, the William S. Hart Union High School District desperately needed a new high school to relieve severe
                       overcrowding. The number of students significantly exceeded the designed capacity of school facilities. Forty-five percent of
                       the then-17,000 students in the Hart District were considered “unhoused,” with most occupying temporary facilities. Valencia
                       High School, which opened in 1994 and built for 1,900 students, witnessed its walls strain as attendance topped 3,000 just a

                       few years later. Hart, Saugus and Canyon high schools struggled with their own record attendance numbers. The District was
                       operating in school facility crisis mode.
                               Relief was not in sight as voters failed to pass two school bond measures that would have provided the Hart District
                       financial means to move forward on a fifth high school. Since the California Department of Education’s school facility program
                       required the District to fund half the cost of new construction, options were limited without local bond  money.
                               School overcrowding wasn’t the only woe resulting from the explosive growth happening in and around the City of Santa
                       Clarita during the 1990s. New families moving into the area outpaced any reasonable attempt to keep up with infrastructure,
                       including roads. With congested roads and a limited number of main arteries, the City needed to construct a cross-valley
                       connector roadway traversing the valley floor. Golden Valley Road was no more than a line drawing on a circulation map for

                       future development and not on the top of the list of possibilities.

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