East St. Louis School District is an inner-city public school district serving more than 7,000 students. The revitalization of the high school required in-depth planning and design in order to meet the changing needs of the urban students. The CTE, Career Technical Education Center, located on the high school campus was designed to help all young people make a CAPACITY2,000COST PER SQ FT$171.50FEATURED IN2014 Architectural Portfolio transition from school to the workplace. In the planning process the team elected not to transition the 9th graders into the high school, giving them room to mature in their own center before entering high school. With athletics being a major component of the school, the design reflects both past, current and future athletes, with a walk of fame and prominent trophy case with words of inspiration and encouragement. The design responds to an aggressive new curriculum and teaching philosophy by creating grade-level academies. The new spaces give students a taste of higher education, with the open, lofty spaces, to enhance learning and increase student achievement. The revitalization has given the community a renewed sense of pride and spirit.