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Thomas Jefferson High School, Dallas ISD

Thomas Jefferson HS_exterior entry

Project Stats


Dallas ISD


330,000 SF




CMAA Project Achievement Awards North Texas — Education Achievement Award




Interior Design

A natural disaster prompts a new school model

When a tornado struck Thomas Jefferson High School and a nearby elementary school in 2018 leaving significant damage to both schools, Dallas ISD decided to rebuild and renovate both campuses. The district wanted to create the PreK-8th grade school on the same site as the high school to create a revitalized and unified campus that accommodated all grade levels. Corgan served as Associate Architect to HED, Architect of Record, to create the new school model for Dallas ISD to meet the progressive curriculum. The design team renovated the existing buildings while connecting the campus with building additions and amenities. New additions include a cafeteria and culinary arts, CTE and STEM learning, a competition gym and locker rooms, dance, theater, and art classrooms along with a new library and administration building. Focusing on improving parking and access, the design created a safe and secure infrastructure for traffic and pedestrians for both schools.

Thomas Jefferson HS_library

Revitalization and connection

The design seamlessly blends the new additions with the renovated academic wings, athletics, and fine arts buildings into a cohesive whole. A new media center and student commons addition acts as a central hub framed by three outdoor courtyards to bring nature and daylight into the space. The courtyards provide outdoor learning spaces and a place for students and visitors to socialize and connect while on campus for activities and events.


Stadium seating and collaborative lounge areas provide flexible areas for students and teachers to interact or recharge between classes. The repurposed space feels modern and spacious with reconfigured floor plans and refined finishes, bringing warm wood, sleek surfaces, and pops of colors to reflect the school's branding.

Thomas Jefferson HS_auditorium

Creating a unified campus

Tying the original high school to the newer additions gives students and teachers additional spaces to gather and quickly navigate the revitalized campus. The additions and renovations not only improve functionality, but also create a unified campus with a neighboring elementary that elevates the student experience and instills a sense of community, continuity, and school pride throughout all grade levels.


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