Dover High School

Dover, OH

Project Description

The new 176,000sf Dover High School delivers modern, high-performance learning environments in a classically styled, community-landmark setting – the key design goal derived from the district’s extensive community engagement and educational visioning processes. The building was constructed on the occupied high school site, within 5 feet of the original 1915 building.

Year Completed


Project Features

  • A 3-story academic wing and similarly massed, full fly-space 1,000+ seat auditorium, is thoughtfully and creatively designed to mesh within the fabric of a tight, urban, residential neighborhood.
  • The site presented multiple challenges which the design team successfully navigated, most notably the 10-15 foot elevation change from the Walnut Street side to the Tuscarawas Avenue side. To account for elevation changes, guests enter the building’s main doors on the second floor above the sunken outdoor, community courtyard which doubles as an extended student dining and learning space with an indoor-outdoor learning stair.
  • An open media center, which doubles as the auditorium’s performance lobby, seemingly “floats” above the student dining space from below.
  • Academically, the 9-12 building is designed with modestly-sized extended learning areas in each academic wing and a blend of traditional classrooms, shared-wall, team teaching rooms, state-of-the-art science labs and project-learning spaces to support the district’s “Project Lead the Way” curriculum.

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