Gallery: Next-Generation High School Built in an Abandoned Mall 55 Days...

There are likely many high school students who would rather be at the mall than sitting in class, but the students of Joplin High School actually go to school in a mall - well, an abandoned one. After an EF5 tornado destroyed the city of Joplin, Missouri in May of 2011, the superintendent insisted that school would begin on time the next fall - but with less than 3 months to go, they had to think of a clever solution. DLR Group and Corner Green & Associates selected an abandoned mall nearby and retrofitted a department store into a school for 1,200 11th and 12th grade students. Not only did school start on time 55 days later, but it is a completely digital school, occupied 100% of the time with next-generation educational tools that make other brand new facilities look positively old school.

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