Replacing a high school campus that was widely published when it opened 50 years ago and still known for its strong academic program had its challenges. The multi-building complex was beloved for its informal and open campus, but crumbling structures, failing systems, and spaces ill-suited to 21st century learning required a new vision. An intensive pre-design process with community stakeholders resulted in that vision and a user-focused design solution that accommodates equally well the best of both its classical teaching traditions and innovative new learning models.
- Students 900
- Grades 9-12
- Size 200,000 ft2
Two multi-story buildings are anchored by an open courtyard that functions as an all-weather student commons. It also acts as a link between the academic classroom building and the commons building, which houses administration, fine and performing arts and athletic spaces. The two new buildings, plus the renovated field house, replace a collection of eight buildings that were considerably less efficient and created isolated learning experiences. In addition to general classrooms, the new school has a variety of learning environments including a library/media resource center, a seminar room with tiered seating, a music suite, art studios, a fabrication shop, a fitness studio and a field house. The commons building includes a 600-seat auditorium, the student dining commons that also serves as a lobby/reception hall, scene shop, art and music studios and a fitness center.