The official inauguration of the James Cronin School took place the morning of November 16, 2006. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by many Auger collaborators, representatives from the Mendoza and Malargüe governments, and media representatives. A flag raising ceremony was followed by a number of speeches, including Jim Cronin, Malargüe mayor Raúl Rodriguez, and Mendoza governor Julio Cobos. The event received wide press coverage on television, radio, and newspapers. In the evening of the same day, the students and teachers from the school held a separate inaugural celebration that included student projects on display in the new school's classrooms, plus dance and theatrical performances by the students.
The residents named the school after the Nobel prize winning physicist because of his contributions to the local community. Cronin and other members of the collaboration have donated books and money to the schools in Malargüe, built a visitor center which has attracted around 12,000 visitors, and hope to build the only planetarium outside the country's capital, Buenos Aires. There is also a full scholarship program for a student of Malargüe to attend Michigan Technical University, which has been a huge success so far.