Memphis Jr./Sr. High School

Memphis, Michigan

  • FIRM

    French Associates


    Memphis Community Schools

  • AREA

    92,400 sq.ft.





This project is the first new construction in the district in more than 30 years. The aging facilities were functionally obsolete, and renovations no longer were cost-efficient. The district’s objective in building the junior/senior high school was to provide expanded areas for technology and science classrooms. The previous facility did not have adequate space for ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY637COST PER SQ FT$111.93FEATURED IN2002 Architectural Portfolio performances or assemblies.

The cafetorium concept in the new school provides a flexible space with a stage and folding partition wall that can separate the performance area from the food-service area. The band and choir rooms are adjacent to the stage for easy access. The new school services the academic needs of the students, as well as the community for after-hours activities.

Separate junior and senior high academic wings are anchored to a “main street” corridor that houses the shared media center, gymnasium, cafetorium, performing arts and vocational spaces.

Natural lighting has been emphasized throughout the building through the use of raised ceilings and clerestory windows.