Lake Elsinore (Calif.) school district’s newest high school, Lakeside High School, is based on a site-plan concept developed for Paradise Valley School District’s Pinnacle High School in Phoenix. Although the Pinnacle concept served as the starting point of the planning process, numerous exterior and interior modifications to the Pinnacle model were required CAPACITY2,000COST PER SQ FT$211.14FEATURED IN2006 Architectural Portfolio Lakeside, because of factors such as the 60-foot elevation drop across the site, conformity with seismic zone requirements, and adherence to California’s Education Board Standards.
The primary challenge for this project was the fact that the high school was built on a registered earthquake fault running directly through the site, necessitating strict compliance with the seismic requirements for the state of California.
At Lakeside, as at Pinnacle, each of the major components of a modern high school—administration/counseling, food service, media center, athletics/gymnasium, and arts/auditorium—is housed in a separate building. The campus-building complex is completed with two two-story classroom buildings, accommodating a student population of 2,000.