Mountain View High’s tennis teams will be on the road for the foreseeable future.
The school’s seven tennis courts have been converted into a staging area for construction of the school’s new auxiliary gym, set to be finished by fall 2022, and district officials said teams won’t be able to use the courts until the spring of 2023.
In the meantime, the Spartans will play their home matches at Los Altos High, according to Mountain View athletic director Shelley Smith. The girls’ season starts this month and the boys play in the spring.
Prior to working out a schedule with Los Altos, the district looked into renting courts at Cooper, Cuesta and Rengstorff parks, according to Mike Mathiesen, associate superintendent of business services for the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District. He said the district will provide players with transportation to and from Los Altos.
Not everyone is pleased with the plan.
Sophomore tennis players Lara Fernando and Paulina Vvedenskaya started a petition with the goal of finding a better solution to the situation. The pair posted fliers around the Mountain View campus with QR codes linked to the petition.
When district officials announced the courts would not be available for a while, longtime Mountain View girls and boys tennis coach Frank Smyth – who recently retired – was taken by surprise.
“I had no idea that it was going to happen,” he said. “It really came as a huge shock to all of us.”
Mathiesen said the tennis courts were chosen as a staging area because they are adjacent to the construction site. Using the tennis courts also would leave the student parking lot, new science buildings and pool virtually unaffected.
The initial stages of construction began June 15. The staging area will house construction equipment, bulldozers, trailers and other necessary materials, according to Mathiesen.
After the auxiliary gym is completed, all seven courts will be completely redone and reconfigured, he said.