The “character” of Barbers Hill High School (BHHS) is derived from several years of planning and preparation, and reflects an intricate collaboration among the school district, community, architect and contractor. From the beginning, the district wanted the school to serve as an icon for the community. It wanted the campus to serve as a central gathering place where CAPACITY1,800COST PER SQ FT$89.65CITATIONHigh School CitationFEATURED IN2002 Architectural Portfolio and visitors could congregate for community gatherings, athletic activities and theatrical presentations.
The unique facade of BHHS reveals three distinctive towering rotundas, each representing an entrance to three distinct functions of the campus: fine arts, administration/commons and athletics. The entire campus has four buildings: the main building containing classroom spaces, athletics and fine arts; three buildings support industrial technology, vocational/agriculture and outdoor arena/greenhouse. The campus also has athletic venues including practice fields, tennis courts and land for a future baseball/softball complex.
Originally budgeted at $92 per square foot, the final cost of the school came in at $89 per square foot, a cost significantly less than comparable high school facilities in Texas.
"A distinct icon to student learning."--2002 jury