A New Name for Our New Digs

In a public meeting of the Board of Trustees of Eanes Independent School District, the board voted unanimously to rename the Westlake High School Fine Arts Facility (FAF) to the Westlake Community Performing Arts Center (PAC). The building, which has just undergone its most significant renovation since opening twenty-five years ago, is a cornerstone of the Westlake Community.

David Poole, Managing Director of the Westlake Community Performing Arts Center at Westlake High School, had this to say:

"The Eanes ISD administration and Board of Trustees, as well as the many patrons who supported the 2006 bond program, have shown an incredible commitment to this project. When the fine arts facility was originally opened in 1984, it was the first stand-alone performing arts center on a high school campus in Austin. The changes, upgrades and technical sophistication included in the current renovation will once again, make this facility the leader in the Greater Austin area."

"Since that opening day in 1984, the facility has been used by a broader group than the high school. Some of these groups include: Eanes fall choir festivals, middle school band, orchestra and choir concerts, Baccalaureate, school board forums, dance recitals, cultural programming, professional concerts, as well as countless others. As the building is used by the community it is appropriate that the Eanes Board of Trustees have renamed the facility the Westlake Community Performing Arts Center."

The PAC is home to Westlake High School's Technical Entertainment Crew (TEC), a full-time student organization that supports the technical production requirements of every show on the stage and handles the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the building's performance and 'backstage' areas.

The members of TEC are extremely excited about the imminent re-opening of the PAC. We are extremely appreciative of the constant support that has been given to the program by the School Board and Superintendent and strive every day to make this program and this facility an example of the great things the community of Westlake has to offer.

Phil Gilbert, Jr.
TEC Alumnus ('99)