The in Santa Ana, California, has announced a $1.5 million gift from former U.S. ambassador to Spain George Argyros and his family in support of a science center at a new 60,000-square-foot facility on the school's midtown campus.
Made through the , the gift will support construction of the center, which will house eight science labs featuring smart boards and wi-fi connectivity, as well as built-in workstations equipped with fume hoods and able to accommodate both life science and physical science instruction. The 9,000-square-foot wing will be named the Argyros Science Center in recognition of the gift.
"Our family has been a major supporter of the Orange County School of the Arts since 2006 and we have watched the school grow and flourish over the years," said Lisa Argyros, on behalf of the foundation. "We have always been very impressed with their innovative curriculum, commitment to excellence, and dedication to the students in the classroom and beyond. We are also excited to be able to support a school that creates an environment where the connection between creativity and academics thrives."