The layout of McKinney North High School moves away from the philosophy of separating quiet learning spaces from the noisier activity spaces along one central corridor. In this case, the academic area is the central hub of the school, and the activity spaces anchor each corner of the building. This breaks up the flow of foot traffic by sending students in FEATURED IN2002 Educational Interiors2002 Architectural PortfolioINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas directions, rather than sending them all through one corridor.
For safety and security, the district chose to omit lockers and instead provide two sets of textbooks.
The main entry is defined clearly by a three-story clock tower complemented by three decorative steel tubes. This tower also doubles as roof access for maintenance workers.
Dark, split-faced masonry units at the building’s lower exterior reduce maintenance needs by keeping students from leaning on the walls. This material is rough in nature and is not comfortable for leaning.
The walkway canopy along the south side of the building provides a nice architectural accent to the combination brick-and-block exterior. This canopy serves multiple purposes, including cover from the elements for students outside the building, as well as a screen from the sun for the large windows along this side of the building.