OC Supervisor Katrina Foley Applauds NMUSD Board Vote on Costa Mesa High School Sport Complex Schematic Plans

ORANGE COUNTY, CA – Today, Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley released a statement following the Newport-Mesa Unified School Board unanimously approving the schematic design plan for the Mustang athletic facilities at Costa Mesa High School (CMHS) at last week’s school board meeting.  

“As the former Costa Mesa High School Foundation President & Football Booster President for the Mustangs, I applaud the Newport-Mesa Unified School Board for continuing progress for the facility improvements needed to modernize our school campuses in Costa Mesa,” said Supervisor Foley. “I especially thank CMHS Zone Trustee Michelle Murphy for carrying the torch that began nearly 20 years ago by a group of us parents advocating for these and many other improvements. Some completed, others delayed until now. After waiting years for facilities that address the changing needs of the community, the Facilities Master Plan proves a promising step in the right direction. With this Board’s promising leadership, I look forward to seeing the vision for these projects turn into a reality in the near future. Our community deserves quality school facilities, programs, and strong educational supports so our children develop solid educational foundations to help them pursue successful careers and stable lives.” 

The Mustang facilities schematic design plan focuses on three major areas of campus improvement: Mustang Field, featuring a new field house building, expanded bleachers, relocated shotput and discus, and relocated scoreboard; volleyball, baseball and softball updates, including sand volleyball courts, new netting and dugouts; and tennis courts with lighting and spectator seating. 

“Parents have lots of educational options these days. Modern relevant facilities where students can train, compete at CIF level at home, and grow are necessary to continue to attract involved families to attend our local public schools.  This preliminary schematic design plan for the Mustangs Athletic Facilities is a welcomed first step. As the board sequences the projects within the Facilities Master Plan (FMP), we look forward to improvements at Costa Mesa High School and throughout the district,” said Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Trustees President Carol Crane. 

“I appreciate all the hard work staff has put into the preliminary and aspirational plans for Costa Mesa and Mustang Fields. Please check out the Facilities Master Plan for more information on the exciting ideas and possibilities for the future of NMUSD schools,” said Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board Trustee Michelle Murphy. 

Supervisor Foley continues her long-time support of completion of the Mustang Field and sports complex. As a CMHS Booster mom and CMHS Foundation President, Supervisor Foley advocated for this project as an important investment in our students and their extracurricular activities like band tournaments, field and track sports, and experiences that build lifelong values of teamwork and self-confidence. Later, in her time as Newport Mesa School Board Trustee and Costa Mesa City Councilmember, Supervisor Foley championed this facility as a crucial hub of community engagement and enjoyment for generations to follow.  


Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2022 to represent the newly established District 5, which includes the cities of Aliso Viejo, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, a large portion of Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Newport Beach, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, as well as the unincorporated areas of Coto de Caza, Emerald Bay, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores, Rancho Mission Viejo, Stonecliffe and Wagon Wheel. This is her second term on the Board of Supervisors, where she previously served District 2.

Supervisor Foley’s Board appointments include the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), Chair – OCFA Legislation & Public Affairs Committee, Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), Vice Chair – OCTA Legislative and Communications Committee, Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor Agency, Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA), TCA Joint Capital Improvements and Projects Committee, Coastal Greenbelt Authority, Newport Bay and South Orange County Watershed Executive Committees, Ocean Institute, San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) Community Engagement Panel, Co-Chair – Spent Fuel Solutions Coalition, Chair – Orange County Housing Finance Trust, and the Orange County Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council.