This school was named in honor of William A. O’Brien, III, MD, a prominent anesthesiologist in Reno, who served as a school trustee for twenty years from 1960 to 1980. He served two terms as president and two terms as vice president.


Washoe County School District Board of Trustees:
Lloyd Diedrichren Nancy Gomes
Ernest Johnson Elizabeth Lenz
Robert McQueen Donald Mustard
William A. O’Brien, III Edward L. Pine
Edward C. Reed, Jr. Jerry Carr Whitehead
Superintendent of Schools at time of construction:
Marvin Picollo
Opening Date: 1976 (January)
Architect: Raymond Hellman, AIA
Contractor: Johnson and Mape Construction Company
Construction Cost: $3,665,500
Square Footage: 104,963
Cornerstone Dates: AD 1975, AL 5975
First Principal: Doug Byington
Physical Building Description:
Two-story, precast concrete panel walls with interior circulation corridors, a gymnasium, a library, multipurpose room/cafeteria and lab rooms in addition to general classrooms.