Bend-La Pine Schools’ newest high school in southeast Bend will be named Caldera High School, as selected unanimously by Bend-La Pine Schools’ Board of Directors during a recent board meeting. The name was one of three options considered by the board for the new high school, slated to open in the fall of 2021.
“Naming this new school is an important step as we continue to build the school’s identity and culture,” said Chris Boyd, principal for the new school. “Our school will become a hub for the southeast Bend community and will be a welcoming place for each student.”
Caldera is a reference to the Newberry National Volcanic Monument and the geologic past and present of Central Oregon. Boyd points out that “caldera” is a Spanish word meaning “caldron”; a caldera is the remnant of volcanic events and great transformations.
The new high school, which will be the first large high school to open in Bend in two decades, will include nearly 60 new classrooms, including several Career and Technical Education classrooms, a 600-seat auditorium, a library as the central focal point of the school, a football stadium and other sports fields, two secure main entries and more.
In the coming weeks and months, a small group of staff will work alongside Boyd to develop the instructional design, create programs and think about how students and families will transition to the new school.