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Compton High School

Design Achievement - Compton is well known for producing music and athletic prodigies, and now this community has an opportunity to set the standard for educational excellence with a new high school. DLR Group’s design will transform the District’s oldest high school campus into a 21st Century learning environment that elevates education for all Compton students and staff. The design solution centers around keystone shaped learning suites that support project based learning, student exploration and general instruction. Designed specifically for Compton High School, the keystone learning suites will help advance interdepartmental collaboration and build stronger relationships between students, teachers, and administrators. These educational spaces are designed as separate suites that can be linked together with moveable walls that open and close. This function allows teachers and students to customize their spaces to easily support a variety of learning activities. The narrow area at the base of each keystone can be used for discussion, small group work, or presentation-style instruction. The widened area is where projects of all types are dreamed, designed, developed, and built. In addition, rooftop gardens accessible from the second floor provide opportunities for outdoor learning. 

Scope Summary - This project includes a brand new high school campus on the existing site to replace the District’s oldest campus. Two new pathways unite the site, honor the legacy of Compton High School, and welcome the community as one of its most important icons. The new Academic Boulevard defines the North/South Axis to create a learning community and organizes Career and Technical educational (CTE) spaces along its edges with classroom wings above. At the north end, the gymnasium and administration building anchors the north quad that in turn faces the community’s government center and Martin Luther King Memorial. At the south end, the performing arts center is a beacon to the community along a prominent city street previously hidden from campus. The East/ West Axis, or Memorial Parkway, reflects the importance of community and athletics. The new collegiate caliber sporting complex is home to indoor events in the Eddie Thomas Competition Gymnasium, and outdoor activities in the Ramseur Stadium and Athletic Field or courts. The Plinth, or ground floor buildings on both sides of the Academic Boulevard, forms the base of the core learning environments. Inside the Plinth, students will participate in programs such as Construction Manufacturing, Graphic Arts, A/V Technology, Communications, Robotics, and Culinary Arts. Each of these programs opens to common areas, gallery spaces, and to the Academic Boulevard. DLR Group is providing architecture, interior design and MEP engineering services.

Take a tour of the proposed design for this revitalized high school campus.

Compton High School

Client
Compton Unified School District (CA)