Emmett J. Conrad High School is a three-story comprehensive high school serving 2,000 students in grades 9 to 12. The design is arranged as four academic houses serving core curriculum. Elective subjects are contained within academies. Students enjoy various amenities, as well as on-site training, provided by national-brand companies, including baking, restaurant CAPACITY2,000COST PER SQ FT$122.37FEATURED IN2008 Architectural Portfolio and health services. Computer labs accommodate the school’s emphasis on technology-enriched career programs.
The school’s athletic fields are situated on city park land. As part of a cooperative effort, the architect and school district worked with the Dallas Parks and Recreation Department and the Army Corps of Engineers to remedy flooding problems on that portion of the site.
Site development for the project included parking for 483 cars; landscaping; irrigation; a competition softball field and baseball field (with lighting); a competition football field with a four-lane synthetic track (with lighting); two football practice fields; a bus loop; a service court; and all public and private sidewalks. Extra parking, floodway modifications, mass grading and wetlands mitigation in the adjoining park also were included.