September 18, 2017
By Kelli Gile, WVUSD Office of Community Resources
WALNUT, CA— Walnut High students, teachers, staff, and district officials recently gathered during a tennis court grand reopening celebration.
Over the summer, the courts were resurfaced, and playing areas painted a blue hue - the signature color of the U.S. Open - with grey around the outside.
The project also included installation of new fencing with wind screens, nets, sound system, and lighting.
Players and coaches said they were ready to kick off the new season in the upgraded facility at the August 29 ceremony.
“This is going to get my kids fired up to play some even better tennis!” said head coach Lee Shiomoto, who has been a part of the program for 15 years.
“It’s been exciting to see the courts get resurfaced,” said senior Lauren Ao, who said her team members now feel proud to host other schools during tournaments.
“It was really run-down, and now the courts are nice and clean!” added senior Sara Santos.
The boys and girls tennis programs have a winning tradition, clinching numerous all-league awards, league championships, and an undefeated season last fall.
Last year, the girls team competed in the CIF finals, and doubles players Santos and Vivian Lee earned their second consecutive Hacienda League MVP honor.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony! Walnut High officially kicked off the 2017 season during a grand reopening of the tennis courts. (0174, 5881)
Big Scissors! Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor, Board Members Layla Abou-Taleb, Cindy Ruiz, Dr. Tony Torng, and Principal Brandon Dade get ready for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. (0183)