The Shorewood High School site consisted of the 1914 historic Ronald School, a 1950s elementary school and junior high school, and several additions cobbled into a sprawling campus. Bassetti was brought on board to design a new, state of the art 21st century high school.
The District’s goals were to create a safe, secure environment with spaces that support a comprehensive learning program, while remaining flexible for future growth. A rigorous design process led to a final scheme utilizing the beloved Ronald School as part of the Performing Arts wing. The new Shorewood High School is organized around a central, south facing courtyard and commons, which connect to the historic school and provide protected gathering spaces. The commons serves as the cafeteria, lobby for the theater and gym, and social heart of the campus. The high profile Shorewood Culinary Arts program required a full commercial kitchen, teaching station, and residential quality student teaching kitchens. By locating the space near the commons, students are able to cater school events and host dinners using the gathering space as a dining room. Three academic wings to the west were planned as flexible learning communities supporting a variety of curricula. All have access to the visual arts classrooms on the first floor and science classrooms on the second and third floors.
“Wow – congratulations to the team! I continue to hear superlatives from staff, parents, and students and I see the difference it’s made in the Shorewood community. The staff still have to boot the kids out at night because they like hanging in the Commons and outside in the courtyard – to me that’s the true test of the design . . . the kids feel comfortable and don’t want to leave! Even some of the staff we heard from the most have made public comments about their beautiful new school. The Board is proud of the results of all of their work to garner community support and the fruits of your labor.”
Marla S. Miller, Deputy Superintendent, Shoreline School District