Jefferson High School

Festus, Missouri

  • FIRM

    Dickinson Hussman Architects


    Jefferson County R-VIII School District

  • AREA

    92,100 sq.ft.





After years of serving the community as the state of Missouri’s largest K-8 school district, the Jefferson County R-VII School District decided it would become a K-12 district and establish its first high school.

The design of the new facility, master-planned for 600 students, began with conceptual development of a ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY400COST PER SQ FT$159.50FEATURED IN2010 Architectural Portfolio 110-acre site. Dedicated efforts of a parent, student and educator steering committee yielded a 92,000-square-foot high school that was ready for the first incoming freshman class in less than 18 months. The two-story structure was planned for expansion in order to meet the needs of academic offerings and a growing student body.

The initial phase of the project included classrooms for all core subjects, as well as specialized classrooms for the instruction of music, art, family and consumer science, foreign language and special education. Signature features of the building, such as the two-story cafeteria/commons and student-centered library/media facility, transform the building from a typical school to an enriched learning environment that is steeped in technology.