Exterior improvements to the historic school include new courtyards, plaza and dining area.
Large, day-lit spaces in the new music wing were designed specifically for orchestra, band (2), vocal (2) and steel drums.
Tucked into the campus, a new plaza area overlooks the athletic field, offering space for group events during games.

Walnut Hills High School

Cincinnati, OH

Project Description

SHP’s multi-phased renovation of and addition to this historic Cincinnati high school, recognized nationally for educational excellence, preserves the building’s historical, classic features while delivering an advanced, wireless environment. To keep the compact urban campus functioning and the facility in use, the project included two demolitions, three swing space changes and multiple bid packages, resulting in nine overlapping construction phases over four years of construction. Read more about the project in our case study, Reinventing a Neoclassic.

Year Completed


Project Features

  • New interior finishes lighten and complement the historic features while delivering a holistic feel to the building, which comprises the main 262,000-square-foot building (1931), a 59,000-square-foot addition (1999) and the new 77,000-square-foot addition (2013).
  • The new-1,200 seat, day-lit collegiate-sized gym offers a parquet floating sports floor system and a specially designed student section.
  • Water from the 750,000-gallon, six-lane competition pool, which serves the swim team as well as the 7th grade PE requirement, is used to heat and cool the building.
  • The orchestra room doubles as a Recital Hall with a gathering space and concessions.


LEED Silver Certified

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