Liberty High School (Peoria, Ariz.)

Peoria, Arizona

  • FIRM

    NTDSTICHLER Architecture


    Peoria Unified School District

  • AREA

    237,000 sq.ft.





Liberty High School is the seventh high school built within Peoria Unified School District and serves one of the valley’s and nation’s fastest-growing cities.

This 237,000-square-foot campus is a comprehensive facility built to accommodate up to 1,800 students in grades 9 to 12. The buildings surrounding the central courtyard are single-story, with the exception of ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,800COST PER SQ FT$152.28FEATURED IN2008 Architectural Portfolio two-story academic building, which includes the media center and administration components.

Additional features include a gymnasium building, a performing-arts center/commons building, a career and technology building, and two concessions/restroom buildings.

The architectural style or image of the buildings is described as a modern/high-tech “academic village” or “learning community.” This is illustrated in the circular design of the central courtyard and its incorporation of an amphitheater. Students and faculty will use this space for outdoor instruction, forums and rallies, performances, as well as outdoor dining. In congruence with the campus’ site layout, the drainage pattern is respectful of the site’s natural topography and flows with its natural slope. School amenities were developed around this concept, with ball fields placed near water-retention areas, and building and student dropoff areas placed at higher elevations.