Henry W. Grady High School, Renovations and Additions

Atlanta, Georgia

  • FIRM

    Perkins and Will


    Atlanta Public School System

  • AREA

    225,946 sq.ft.





Henry W. Grady High School, situated in the heart of Atlanta, has enjoyed a rich history. The original building was designed in 1924. Since then, the high school has undergone numerous physical changes. Two gymnasiums, a dining hall, theater and a second classroom building have been added. A master plan preserves and enhances the original landmark classroom building and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,200COST PER SQ FT$110.00FEATURED IN2005 Architectural Portfolio the multiple additions with a consolidated wing that houses classrooms, the media center, cafeteria, expanded arts and music program, and the communications magnet program. The two gymnasiums were retained and renovated.

Key design elements were restored to the original structures. Old windows were replaced with ones that replicated the original design but used modern, more efficient materials. More daylight was brought into the classrooms by restoring the original ceiling heights to take advantage of tall windows.

An antiquated cafeteria was demolished to create a new central gathering space. Careful siting of the new wing reinforces this new space, which functions as a town square. The theaters, art rooms, media center and dining all front and use this courtyard. Large grade changes between various buildings on campus provided an opportunity for amphitheater-style seating and sidewalls. The town square design enables the community to participate in and enjoy shared public spaces with the school.