DPS Construction History

With the grand opening of Wright Brothers PreK-8 School in January 2012, Dayton Public Schools completed its $627-million school construction program, in partnership with the Ohio School Facilities Commission. In total, 26 new school buildings were built and occupied, bringing unprecedented district renewal and community revival. Thanks to citizen support of a 2002 bond issue, our local share of 39 percent was made possible, while 61 percent of the cost was provided by the state through the Ohio School Facilities Commission. (The bond issue provides funds for new and renovated facilities and cannot, by law, be used for textbooks, salaries or other general fund expenditures.)

With these new buildings, Dayton Public Schools students have state-of-the-art schools with safe, technology-rich environments, preparing them for success in the 21st century.

Beginnings

Dayton Public Schools opened its first public school in December 1831, although the first buildings specifically constructed for the district didn’t open until 1838. Early schools included Clark School for girls (which taught cooking and sewing) and the McKinley School for boys (which taught factory job skills). Clark was closed in 1961, while McKinley burned in the winter of 1958 and was not rebuilt.

The concept of “junior high schools” and “middle schools” were popular throughout the 1920s and 1970s-early 1980s. Currently, the district primarily has schools designated for preK-eighth grade and 9-12 (high school) populations, although some schools serve different grade arrangements.

* Information included from Dayton Public Schools entry in “School Days: An Informational History of Education in Montgomery County, Ohio from 1926 to 1990” by Virginia and Bruce Ronald.
 

New Schools

Belle Haven PK-6 School

4401 Free Pike

  • Design Firm: Moody Nolan
  • Design Start: 2004
  • Grand Opening: Oct. 22, 2006  
  • Acreage: 10.5
  • Building Sq. Footage: 71,980  
  • Student Capacity: 473
  • Recreation Sports: 450-seat gymnasium, two playgrounds, basketball courts, baseball diamond, and multipurpose field
  • Design Highlights:
    • The three academic wings are comprised of age-appropriate grades combined together to further enhance the academic learning environment. Similar age students have the opportunity to interact and learn together.
    • The main corridors of these three wings have their own door and color scheme to promote a way of finding scheme for the building layout. The main color scheme for the sixth- and eighth-grade corridor are the school colors. The lower level grades have bright and vibrant color schemes.
    • Geometric patterns of these colors were used throughout the school.
    • High-volume spaces (gymnasium, auditorium, and student dining) are opposite the classroom wings’ main corridor, to limit noise levels. 
  • Technology/ Security: State-of-the-art computer lab, audio enhancement, document cameras, video surveillance, electronic card access
  • History
 

Charity Adams Earley Girls Academy
444 Shoup Mill Road

Cleveland PK-6 School
1102 Pursell Ave.

  • Design Firm: Moody-Nolan, Inc.
  • Architect of Record: Moody-Nolan, Inc.
  • Design Start: 2004
  • Grand Opening: Jan. 20, 2007
  • Acreage: 5.133                    
  • Building Sq. Footage: 71,979
  • Student Capacity: 473
  • Recreation/Sports: 100 bleacher seating gymnasium
  • Design Highlights: Two-story building zoned into three academic wings. The wings surround a central location for administration, gymnasium, auditeria and kitchen.
  • Technology/Security: Passive security built into the design of the entrances, coupled with state-of-the-art closed circuit cameras and video surveillance equipment provide for a safe learning environment.
  • Architectural elements of original school: Original plaster relief columns from main entrance
  • History

Dayton Boys Preparatory Academy
1923 W. Third Street

  • Design Firm:  Lorenz Williams, Inc.
  • Architect of Record: Lorenz Williams, Inc.
  • Design Start: 2009
  • Grand Opening:  December 5, 2010
  • Acreage:
  • Building Sq. Footage: 73,153
  • Student Capacity: 473
  • Recreation Sports:
  • Design Highlights:
    • Each learning community is housed on a separate floor.
    • There is 7000 square feet of maple flooring in the gym
    • The new building will feature artwork from well known Dayton artist, Bing Davis
    • The new structure was built using 98,000 concrete blocks and 34,000 bricks
    • Approximately 2,500 cubic yards of concrete was used on the project. That’s enough to fill almost 23,000 wheelbarrows!
    • The building is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Architectural Elements of Original School: Artifacts showcased from the former RooseveltHigh School include the famous seal, bell, fountains, and limestone carvings.
  • History

Dunbar early college High School
1400 Albritton Drive

  • Design Firm: DNK Architects
  • Architect of Record: DNK Architects
  • Design Start: 2005
  • Grand Opening: Feb. 22, 2009
  • Acreage: 55
  • Building Sq. Footage: 117.763
  • Student Capacity: 645
  • Recreation/Sports: 2,000-seat gymnasium, several ball fields, tennis courts, gym near track and field
  • Design Highlights: Two-story rotunda entrance with curved stair, two-story academic wings with four academic pods, large sports facilities
  • Technology/Security: Modern amenities, current technologies, security entrance, audio enhancement, videosurveillance, electric card access
  • Architectural Elements of Original School:  Relocation from old school to new school: cornerstone, artwork, sculpture and mascot signage.
  • History

Eastmont PK-6 School
1480 Edendale Road

  • Design Firm: Moody-Nolan, Inc
  • Architect of Record: Moody-Nolan, Inc
  • Design Start: 2008
  • Grand Opening: January 9, 2011
  • Acreage:
  • Building Sq. Footage: 73,154
  • Student Capacity: 473
  • Recreation Sports:
  • Design Highlights:
    • 52 parking spaces are available for staff and visitors.
    • The community main corridor is 250 feet long.
    • The gym is covered with nearly 7,000 square feet of maple flooring.
    • The new asphalt pavement covers 8,200 square yards – enough for about 140 residential driveways.
    • The structure consists of reinforced concrete, reinforced masonry, structural steel and bar joists, and light gage metal roof trusses.
    • The exterior wall veneer consists of three different masonry products in three colors and textures.
    • The roof is composed of over 65,000 spare feet of rubber membrane and was used on multiple levels.
    • More than 1,800 gallons of paint were used inside the building.
    • This building is two-levels with one elevator and is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
    • The entrances for school buses and automobiles are separated for safe and efficient drop-off and pick-up of the children.
  • History

Edison PK-6 School
228 N. Broadway Street

  • Design Firm: Fanning/Howey Associates, Inc.
  • Architect of Record: Fanning/Howey Associates, Inc.
  • Design Start:2008
  • Grand Opening:  August 15, 2010
  • Acreage of Land: 6.94
  • Building Sq. Footage: 75,264
  • Student Capacity: 473
  • Recreation Sports:
  • Design Highlights:
    • Each learning community is housed on a separate floor.
    • The wood flooring in the gym covers about 7,000 square feet.
    • The roof is white in color to reflect approximately 80% of the sun’s heat during the day and save on cooling costs.
    • More than 1000 gallons of paint were used inside the building.
    • The building has three levels and is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
    • The parking lot has 64 spaces for staff and visitors
    • This building is designed to manufacture ice at night to use for cooling during the day.
  • History

EJ Brown middle School
31 Willowwood Drive

  • Design Firm: Ruetschle Architects
  • Design Start: 2004
  • Grand Opening: Dec. 13, 2008
  • Acreage: 6.8
  • Building Sq. Footage: 73,460
  • Student Capacity: 473
  • Recreation/Sports: Gymnasium equipped for basketball, volleyball and wrestling. Space provided for a variety of athletic functions. Exterior amenities include an outdoor basketball court available for community use, two playgrounds with jungle gyms and a soccer field.
  • Design Highlights: The building was designed to mimic the original structure and is a contemporary interpretation of an historic design that relates to the vernacular architecture of the community.
  • Technology/Security: State-of-the-art computer lab, audio enhancement, document cameras, video surveillance, electronic card access
  • Architectural Elements of Original School: Original limestone elements were recreated in pre-cast stone and used as the main entrance feature. Original salvaged limestone was incorporated into the monument sign located at the corner of Willowwood and Fairview avenues.
  • History

Fairview PreK-6 School
2314 Elsmere Ave.

  • Design Firm: Robert P. Madison International, Inc.   
  • Architect of Record: Robert P. Madison International, Inc.   
  • Design Start: 2008
  • Grand Opening: August 28, 2011
  • Building Sq. Footage: 74,200
  • Student Capacity: 473
  • Recreation Sports:
  • Design Highlights:
    • The gym is covered with nearly 7,000 square feet of maple flooring.
    • The new asphalt pavement covers 8,200 square yards – enough for about 140 residential driveways.
    • The structure consists of reinforced concrete, reinforced masonry, and structural steel
    • The Auditeria includes a dual-sided stage for flexibility
    • More than 1,800 gallons of paint were used inside the building.
    • The site has two separate play areas designated for different age groups
    • This building is two-levels with one elevator and is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
    • The entrances for school buses and automobiles are separated for safe and efficient drop-off and pick-up of the children.
  • History

Horace Mann PreK-6 School
715 Krebs Ave.

  • Design Firm: Edge & Tinney Architects
  • Architect of Record: Edge & Tinney Architects
  • Design Start: 2004
  • Grand Opening: Nov. 16, 2008 
  • Acreage: 9.47
  • Building Sq. Footage: 73,146
  • Student Capacity: 473
  • Recreation/Sports: 351-seat gymnasium
  • Design Highlights: Partial two-story building zoned into three academic areas and central shared administration, gymnasium, cafetorium and kitchen.
  • Technology/Security: State-of-the-art classroom technology, audio enhancement, document cameras, video surveillance 
  • History

Kemp PreK-6 School
1923 Gondert Ave. 

  • Design Firm: Lorenz Williams, Inc.
  • Design Start: 2006
  • Grand Opening: Nov. 8, 2008
  • Acreage: 9.08
  • Building Sq. Footage: 73,713
  • Student Capacity: 473
  • Recreation/Sports: Gymnasium, multipurpose and softball fields
  • Design Highlights: The building is developed around three age-specific learning communities on an upper level, and the gym, cafetorium, music and related spaces on a lower level, following the contour of the site.
  • Technology/Security: State-of-the-art computer network, audio enhancement, document cameras, video surveillance, electronic card access.
  • History

Kiser PreK-6 School
1401 Leo St.

  • Design Firm: DSDA
  • Architect of Record: Levin Porter Associates Inc.
  • Design Start: 2003
  • Grand Opening: July 30, 2006
  • Acreage: 10+ 
  • Building Sq. Footage: 71,981 SF Kiser/ 10,765 SF Challenge center.
  • Student Capacity: 473
  • Recreation/Sports: PK-K playground, grades 1-5 playground, high school size court in gymnasium.                                 
  • Design Highlights: “Panther Den” entry pavilion, Challenger Center, two-story day-lit curving main “street” connecting to three neighborhood communities (PK- 2, 3-5, 6-8), centralized media center, a gymnasium dedicated by basketball great Ron Harper, stage opening up to the student dining and gymnasium spaces
  • Technology/Security: State-of-the-art computer lab, audio enhancement, document cameras, video surveillance, electronic card access
  • Architectural Elements of Original School: Limestone panels, cornerstone, panther sculpture, entry pavilion designed as reference to the one-room schoolhouse that was the first on the site in the early 1900s
  • History

Louise Troy PreK-5 School
1630 Miami Chapel Road

  • Design Firm: DNK Architects, Inc.
  • Architect of Record: DNK Architects, Inc.
  • Design Start: 2005
  • Grand Opening: Aug. 16, 2008
  • Acreage: 19
  • Building Sq. Footage: 72,000
  • Student Capacity: 473
  • Recreation/Sports: Gymnasium, athletic fields, preK/kindergarten playground
  • Design Highlights:  L-shaped classrooms, color bands unify the different academic wings of the school and serve dual function as wayfinding, elliptical entry lobby, three academic zones defined by color.
  • Technology/Security: State-of- the-art computer lab, audio enhancement, document cameras, video surveillance, electronic card access.
  • History

Meadowdale High School
3873 Whitestone Court

  • Design Firm: Fanning/Howey Associates, Inc.
  • Architect of Record: Fanning/Howey Associates, Inc.
  • Design Start: 2008
  • Grand Opening: August 29, 2010
  • Acreage: 50
  • Building Sq. Footage: 120,000
  • Student Capacity: 645
  • Recreation Sports:
  • Design Highlights:
    • The wood flooring in the gym covers almost 15,000 square feet.
    • The roof is white in color to reflect approximately 80% of the sun’s heat during the day and save on cooling costs.
    • The structure consists of reinforced concrete, reinforced masonry, structural steel and steel bar joists.
    • The building is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
    • This building is designed to manufacture ice at night to use for cooling during the day.
  • Architectural Elements of OriginalSchool: The new construction sits on the same site as the existing building which was built in 1960 and the existing elementary built in 1957.
  • History

Meadowdale PreK-6 School
3871 Yellowstone Avenue

  • Design Firm: DNK Architects, Inc.
  • Architect of Record: DNK Architects, Inc.
  • Design Start: 2008
  • Grand Opening: January 23, 2011
  • Building Sq. Footage: 81,000
  • Student Capacity: 550
  • Recreation Sports:
  • Design Highlights:
  • The new school provides state of the art educational facilities, modern amenities, current technologies, secure entrances and exits, naturally lit spaces, combination dining area and stage, separate gymnasium, developed site features for the neighbors, and all while seeking LEED certification.
  • A “green” building uses materials and processes throughout the course of its life that promote environmental health and have a reduced impact on natural resources.  Installed low flow urinals and toilet fixtures will conserve water. A school recycling program for plastic, metal, paper, cardboard, and glass will keep reusable materials from ending up in a landfill. Lights that shut off in empty rooms will conserve energy.
  • Roughly 1500 boxes of vinyl flooring tiles with recycled content were installed in Meadowdale PK-8.  The tiles alone diverted about 13,125 pounds (6 ½ tons) of waste from a landfill.
  • The gym is covered with nearly 7,000 square feet of maple flooring.
  • This building is two-levels with one elevator and is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Architectural Elements of Original School: The new constructed school occupies the same site and is adjacent to the old school, which was built in the 1950’s.
  • History

David H. Ponitz Career Technology Center
741 Washington St.

  • Design Firm: Lorenz Williams, Inc.
  • Design Start: 2005
  • Grand Opening: Sept. 13, 2009 
  • Acreage: 15.54
  • Building Sq. Footage: 199,443
  • Student Capacity: 800
  • Recreation/Sports: 2,048-seat gymnasium, auxiliary gym, mezzanine, multipurpose and softball fields
  • Design Highlights: This school is specifically designed to help young people develop technical skills that will lead to related study at Sinclair Community College and technical employment. The building is organized into four career pathways: Arts and Communication, Business, Health and Technology. WDPS FM radio and DPS TV stations also are housed in the new facility. All major parts of the building are organized along a dynamic common space that serves as the cafeteria, major meeting space and circulation space.
  • Technology/Security: State-of-the-art computer network, audio enhancement, document cameras, video surveillance, electronic card access  
  • History

River's Edge PreK-6 Montessori School
108 Linwood St.

  • Design Firm: SFA
  • Architect of Record: SFA
  • Design Start: 2009
  • Grand Opening: August 21, 2011
  • Building Sq. Footage: 84,181
  • Student Capacity: 550
  • Recreation Sports:
  • Design Highlights:  Located on just four acres, the new River’s Edge Montessori building is situated along the Little Miami River with a spectacular view of the city.  Due to the small site, the building was designed on three-stories and is nestled against the existing levee, providing a protected playground area for the youngest grades and allowing direct access to the levee from the second floor MediaCenter.  Two separate wings – one academic and one specialty - converge to create a lobby of centralized circulation space.  The unique window pattern was informed by the Montessori curriculum, allowing views for students completing work on the floor, seated at their desks and standing.  The building is divided into distinct learning communities by age group with each community opening up to an Extended Learning Area.  
  • Technology/ Security: The school is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and security
  • Architectural Elements of Original School: Stained glass windows from the existing Franklin Montessori building were salvaged, restored and reinstalled in the new building’s lobby. The existing building’s bell is also slated to be restored and relocated into the new lobby. 

Rosa Parks ELC
3705 Lori Sue Ave.

  • Design Firm: Moody-Nolan, Inc .
  • Architect of Record: Moody-Nolan, Inc.
  • Design Start: 2005
  • Grand Opening: Nov. 4, 2007
  • Acreage: 31.39
  • Building Sq. Footage: 72,103 SF
  • Student Capacity: 473
  • Recreation/ Sports: Football field, soccer field, running track, baseball field, two outdoor basketball courts, three tennis courts and 500 bleacher seating gymnasium.
  • Design Highlights:
    • A very colorful and articulate vocabulary of materials was implemented for the exterior facades of the building
    • Single-level floor plan meeting full accessibility for ADA compliance
    • Separate bus and car drop off and pick up on site
    • 7,200 square foot maple wood floor gymnasium
    • The two academic wings meet in the common areas of the school (student dining, kitchen, gymnasium and stage spaces)  
  • Technology/ Security: Passive security built into the design of the entrances, coupled with state-of-the-art closed circuit cameras and video surveillance equipment provide for a safe learning environment.
  • History

Ruskin PreK-6 School
407 Ambrose Court

  • Design Firm: Robert P. Madison International, Inc.    
  • Architect of Record: Robert P. Madison International, Inc. and Pinnacle     
  • Design Partners: Architects give special thanks to the University of Dayton Fitz Center, East End Community Services Corp and the City of Dayton Department of Planning and Community Development for active participation in creating this neighborhood school.
  • Design Start: 2005
  • Grand Opening: Aug. 17, 2008
  • Acreage: 5.4
  • Building Sq. Footage: 73,461
  • Student Capacity: 473
  • Recreation/Sports: 471 seat gymnasium
  • Design Highlights: Two-story building zoned into three academic wings, gymnasium, auditeria, and kitchen to serve for community use
  • Technology/Security: State-of-the-art computer lab, audio enhancement, document cameras, video surveillance, electronic card access
  • Architectural Elements of Original School: Original 1884 Ruskin School bell on display in front entryway. Cupola tower at entry reminiscent of original Ruskin school. The American flag that was taken down with great care and ceremony on the closing day of the original Ruskin now flies in front of the new school.
  • History

Stivers School for the Arts
1313 E. Fifth St.

  • Design Firm: Jeff Wray Architects
  • Architect of Record: Jeff Wray
  • Design Start: 2001
  • Grand Opening: Feb. 10, 2008 
  • Acreage: 9.5 acres
  • Building Sq. Footage: 215,483
  • Student Capacity: 998
  • Recreation/Sports: A 1,354-seat gymnasium, auxiliary gym, lighted regulation soccer field, one-fifth mile walking track.
  • Design Highlights: Existing four-story building restored and an 115,098 square foot addition was created. The existing building contains classrooms, conference rooms and faculty offices. The existing boiler room and gym were combined to create the new centrally located media center. The addition consists of a new 600-seat auditorium, two gyms, dance studios, administration area, cafeteria, art studios, prominently featured gallery for student work, studios for the performing arts and sound isolation practice rooms.
  • Technology/Security: Three computer labs, audio enhancement, video surveillance, electronic card access
  • Architectural Elements of Original School: The existing marble stair and wainscot at the main entrance was restored. Mosaic tile floors and existing woodwork were maintained throughout the building. Original chalkboards were resurfaced with wipe board surface.
  • History

Thurgood Marshall stem High School
4447 Hoover Ave.

  • Design Firm: DSDA Fanning/Howey Associates, Inc.
  • Architect of Record: Fanning/Howey Associates, Inc.
  • Design Start: 2005
  • Grand Opening: Jan. 27, 2008
  • Acreage: 49 Acres
  • Building Sq. Footage: 129, 517
  • Student Capacity: 645
  • Recreation/Sports: Gymnasium with seating for 2,000, multipurpose field and track, tennis courts, baseball and softball fields
  • Design Highlights: Two-story building with four learning communities, each oriented ruskinround an extended learning area. Media center, administration and a multipurpose room are located near the main entrance. Gym and auditeria/student dining with stage are located near an “events” entrance.
  • Technology/Security: State-of-the-art computer lab, audio enhancement, document cameras, video surveillance, electronic card access.
  • History

Westwood PreK-6 School
2805 Oakridge Drive

  • Design Firm: Moody-Nolan, Inc.
  • Architect of Record: Moody-Nolan, Inc.
  • Design Start: 2006
  • Grand Opening: Aug. 23, 2008
  • Acreage: 11.89
  • Building Sq. Footage: 71,010
  • Student Capacity: 473
  • Recreation/Sports: 500 bleacher seating gymnasium
  • Design Highlights:
    • The site for the project is an urban park on Dayton’s West side. The park, created as a center of the post-WWII working class neighborhood, contains a recreation center earmarked for demolition. Site studies revealed a proportional similarity to Central Park of Manhattan. The placement of the new school in the southwest quadrant of the site allowed the half mall scheme to be realized.
    • The Extended Learning Area (ELA) concept provides for three distinct learning communities and relies on town square planning, thus permitting the placement of classroom spaces along the edge of the ELAs. By minimizing corridors and distributing additional circulation space to the dining room the school capitalizes on opportunities for dynamic sectional qualities throughout the two-story structure. Thus, the plan is revealed in section and vice versa. The signature roof element is geometrically a continuously flat plane with a truncated fascia thus providing a natural slope above the school’s main entrance.  
  • Technology/Security: Passive security built into the design of the entrances; coupled with state of the art closed circuit cameras and video surveillance equipment provided for a safe environment
  • History

Wogaman mIDDLE School
920 McArthur Ave.

  • Design Firm: DNK Architechs, Inc.
  • Design Start:
  • Grand Opening: Oct. 29, 2006
  • Building Sq. Footage: 72,000
  • Student Capacity: 473
  • History

World of Wonder PreK-6 at Residence Park
4411 Oakridge Drive

  • Design Firm: Levin-Porter Associates, Inc.
  • Architect of Record: Levin-Porter Associates, Inc.
  • Design Start: 2008
  • Grand Opening: September 12, 2010
  • Building Sq. Footage: 72,000
  • Student Capacity: 473
  • Design Highlights:
  • The two (2) large aluminum-jacketed tanks outside of the gym store ice manufactured by the HVAC system during off-peak hours.  This stored ice is used to help cool the building during the day.
  • The wood flooring in the gym covers 6,900 square feet.
  • There is almost 5,000 square feet of glass in the school.
  • There is 1,500 lineal feet of gutters and 500 lineal feet of downspouts on the school.
  • Approximately 1,100 gallons of paint were used on the inside of the building.
  • The roof is white in color to reflect approximately 80% of the sun’s heat during the day and save cooling costs.
  • 70 new trees were planted on site.
  • Architectural Elements of OriginalSchool: The building uses reclaimed limestone from the old Residence Park Elementary and Hickorydale Elementary for benches at the two main entrances.
  • History

Wright Brothers mIDDLE SCHOOL
1361 Huffman Ave.

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