The additions and renovations to South High School represented the first major physical-education, athletic and community-use improvements since its construction in the early 1960s.
The building received a new four-station, 2,800-spectator fieldhouse, new cafeteria/commons with elevated performance platform, concession space, school store, serving kitchen and CAPACITY1,500COST PER SQ FT$126.65FEATURED IN2007 Architectural Portfolio area, and off-season coaches’ offices. The existing cafeteria was renovated into weight/cardio/aerobic rooms. Four new locker rooms were added—two team locker rooms and two that serve as community locker rooms.
South was one of the first schools in Wisconsin to enter into a public/private partnership with a local financial institution that operates a branch bank within the school. This was one piece of a focus on business education that aims to provide students with a better understanding of credit, and simple checking and savings accounts.
An emphasis on student and community health was a major component of this addition, which included a 160-meter indoor running/walking track, 7,500-square-foot community gymnasium, and 10,000-square-foot weight and cardio room with community-specific locker rooms.