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Wichita, KS

Safety, security and student development are at the center of Northwest High School’s phased renovation and addition now underway. The project is a recommitment to the school’s student-focused mission, its emphasis on career and technology education (CTE), and its dedication to preparing students for a future in business.

The 65,000-square-foot addition and 44,000-square-foot renovation includes transforming the existing business classrooms from one large open classroom to five dedicated classrooms, plus the addition of two more. The additions will include space for Northwest’s yearbook and journalism programs. Students will also benefit from an upgrade of the athletic facility, including a new state-of-the-art running track and a gymnasium accommodating 2,300. One of the school’s three basketball courts will be renovated to create a wrestling room.

On par with its preparatory mission is the school’s devotion to safety, with the gymnasium and band room dually designed to serve as storm shelters; a new secure entrance will ensure that all guests check in at the office.