Waxahachie Global High School, PHOTO © Paul Chaplo
TASA/TASB 2008 Outstanding School Renovation
TASA/TASB 2008 Design Award
TASA/TASB 2008 Innovation Award
TASA/TASB 2008 Value Award
TASA/TASB 2008 Sustainability Award
TASA/TASB 2008 Educational Appropriateness Award
Best of K-12 Design in Renovation/Restoration by Texas Construction magazine
Recognized in Texas Architect Magazine
Waxahachie ISD took a bold step when they teamed up with Huckabee to design Waxahachie Global High. The design team transformed the historic T.C. Wilemon building, built in 1917, into a state-of-the-art campus that allows the district to bridge the past with the future.
Global High serves the traditionally under-served students, engaging them in learning through an academically rigorous environment focused on community, communication and citizenry. Global High immerses students in a smaller, nontraditional learning community that captures their talents, building a lifetime of achievement through the integration of technology and academics in chosen career paths.
The facility renovations included classrooms for math, science, engineering, computer technology and foreign languages as well as a gymnasium, locker rooms, faculty lounge, studios, computer labs and a cafeteria. Since WGHS is a project team-based learning environment, student alcoves for studying and gathering, as well as a large lecture hall and a commons/forum area, were created to naturally allow opportunities for collaboration.
Global High features the original hard wood floors, exposed ceilings, and paint color of the T.C. Wilemon building. Huckabee even researched the historical architecture of the building and uncovered one remaining window in order to restore the building to its original style, while modernizing with the latest technology and program spaces.