Built as the largest part of a $108 million bond program, Lorenzo de Zavala Middle School was the first middle school built in Amarillo in 40 years.
This middle school is different from the others because it includes fifth grade, as well as grades 6 to 8. With the difference in ages, separation of the age groups was a main concern to both administrators CAPACITY800COST PER SQ FT$106.00FEATURED IN2006 Architectural Portfolio parents. Consequently, the facility is divided into two distinct wings with common spaces in the center. Separate entrances for fifth- and sixth-graders and seventh- and eighth-graders bring the students past their assistant principal’s office into their own commons area.
The facility was designed for 800 students at maximum capacity. Features include a large music suite with separate classrooms for band, choir and orchestra, a cafetorium with full stage and a large gymnasium capable of seating the entire student body. Careful consideration was given to the design of the site to keep bus traffic separate from cars.
One significant feature of the school is the clock tower that was designed as a tribute to the school’s namesake, Lorenzo de Zavala. The school opened in fall 2005.