Background and history

  • District 113 began developing its long range master plan for Deerfield and Highland Park High Schools in May 2011. The goal was to create facilities that foster educational excellence while respecting the District's taxpayers. All community members were invited to be a part of the process, and 100+ residents dedicated a significant amount of their time. Priorities were developed as a result of this in-depth study. The Board adopted the master plan in December 2012, which outlined a lengthy list of needs at both schools. A Steering Committee, comprised of community members with extensive architecture, construction and finance experience, were tasked with deciding which projects to implement now. The Steering Committee oversaw the architect's entire design phase and made recommendations to the Board. 

    The District worked extremely hard to develop a plan in the best interest of students, staff, and the entire community. The investment in the Distirct now ensures future generations of students have access to the same superior academic programs and facilities that families and taxpayers have come to expect from District 113.

    Recommendations:

    The majority of mechanical equipment at DHS and HPHS has been well maintained and has significantly outlasted its life expectancy. Upgrading systems will drastically enhance our heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, improving air quality and addressing the severe temperature changes students’ face on a daily basis. The demolition and reconstruction of the century old C building at HPHS will help reorganize the HPHS campus and provide modern teaching spaces. Renovating the DHS library transforms the space into a new age media center making it ADA compliant complete with 21st century technologies. The addition of new pools and multi-purpose gyms at both high schools addresses a lack of space for physical education and allows us to fulfill programming needs unmet by our current pools that were built in the 1950s and 1960s.