“The architects guided us through a weeklong process that put our ideas on paper, and as the week went on, we began to see our high school evolving into something real. It was exciting.”—Debbie Trimble, principal at Birdville High School.
The school is divided into two main buildings connected by a Main Street corridor with 30-foot ceilings. Walls of windows bathe COST PER SQ FT$86.87CITATIONGold CitationFEATURED IN2000 Educational Interiors2000 Architectural PortfolioINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas commons area in natural light and provide a view of the large grove of oak trees behind the school. The library and dining area, anchored along Main Street, both open up to this pleasant wooded area.
Four grade-level neighborhood instructional areas anchor Main Street at one end of the school, and noisier activity areas anchor the other end. These spaces include two gymnasiums, an 850-seat auditorium, the drama departments, and the band, orchestra and choir halls.
Photographer: ©Michael French
"Good blending of light, color, angles and structure. Inviting...good spirit."—2000 jury