The Cherokee High School South Project embraces the school-within-a-school concept, in which the student body is divided into two smaller, more manageable groups: an intermediate high school for grades 9 to 10, and a senior high school for grades 11 to 12. Each group has a separate media center, gymnasium and administrative offices with separate identities. The CAPACITY2,600COST PER SQ FT$114.43FEATURED IN2003 Architectural Portfolio project was driven by enrollment increases and educational program needs, and essentially doubles the facility’s size.
The school’s centerpiece is the 1,600-seat performing-arts center and enhanced auditorium, which serves both sections of the school. Sophisticated theater design principles were incorporated into the plan, along with many extras such as an orchestra pit.
A 7,200-square-foot gymnasium with two teaching stations and spectator seating was added to the existing gym to support the educational program. At the core of the school is a 5,000-square-foot technology-driven media center, which features daylighting and clerestory windows.
The new school has technology and science labs, flexible classroom space, energy-efficient boilers and climate control. It features a distinct signature entrance, and is designed to be fully accessible and ADA-compliant.