Thurgood Marshall High receives design award
The open vibe of Dayton Public Schools’ newest high school was designed to promote collaboration among students and teachers in instruction and study. That design has been formally recognized by a school planning trade group, which has awarded the high school and its designer top honors.
School Planning & Management magazine presented the school and architectural firm Fanning/Howey Associates, Inc. with a 2008 Impact on Learning Award. Thurgood Marshall was one of three schools selected from across the United States and Canada to win an award in the “non-traditional learning spaces” category. School Planning & Management noted a unique feature to the school is its Extended Learning Areas, which includes classrooms, a science lab and special needs classroom and supports lockers, restrooms, teacher prep, conference areas and storage spaces. In addition, the areas feature large, airy spaces with chairs and a communal table, similar to college lounges, for group study sessions.
“Students feel valued … and, as a result of the stimulating and exciting physical environment, have noticed increased safety as well as improvements in behavior, instruction and overall learning,” the magazine noted in its August 2008 issue.
For more information on the 2008 Impact on Learning Awards, visit www.peterli.com/spm.