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Campus Master Plan

In 2018, the University High School Board of Trustees completed an 18-month process of examining the needs of our campus over the next few decades, as our school grows to its end-state size. This process was comprehensive, taking into account the goals of incorporating our land into the school’s educational vision and making our campus a community asset for our neighbors, all while holding true to the mission and values that have grounded our school for nearly 20 years.

The Trustees partnered with Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf, a respected Indianapolis-based architecture firm, to develop a Campus Master Plan. This plan captures what our campus can look like for decades to come. It is meant to be a starting point – future school leaders may modify and adapt it – but it allows us to visualize the components of our campus so that we may begin to implement them as funding and interest allows.

Key Elements of the Campus Master Plan

The Campus Master Plan includes the following elements:

  • Expanded Fairbanks Hall and The U Center (including a second gymnasium)
  • New arts building (including a 500 person auditorium and additional classroom space)
  • Reconfigured west entrance to campus
  • Additional athletics fields, including relocated tennis courts, baseball field, softball field, track, a game soccer and lacrosse field, practice field, and dedicated athletics parking, and concession/restroom facilities
  • Connectivity through all parts of campus and to neighboring assets like West Park
  • 12-acre environmental complex (see details below)

Town Hall Meetings

In May 2018, we hosted a Town Hall Meeting on our campus for parents, alumni, alumni families, and other friends of the school to provide an update on our work and to share the details of this plan.

We anticipate scheduling additional Town Hall Meetings in the 2018-19 school year to get more feedback on the initial stages of implementation for this project.

Here is a video excerpt of the May 2018 Town Hall Meeting in which Stacey Summitt-Mann, Director of Campus & Community, discusses phase one implementation:

Phase One — Environmental

The Board of Trustees has directed that the 12-acre environmental complex will be the first phase of this project. University High School faculty and staff have already begun brainstorming ideas, and Director of Campus & Community Stacey Summitt-Mann is working to identify community partners and consider costs for this phase.

Highlights of Phase One – Environmental include:

  • 3 acres of wetland habitat with integrated green infrastructure
  • Outdoor amphitheater built on a relocated (moved slightly east) Mount University
  • 2 miles of multi-purpose trail that will connect with West Park and other neighboring paths
  • Prairie and woodland edge habitat
  • Additional spaces for outdoor learning and community building

Stay Informed About Campus Master Plan Progress

Contact Stacey Summitt-Mann, Director of Campus & Community, at ssummittmann@universityhighschool.org or Adrianne Glidewell Smith, Director of Annual Fund & Alumni Relations, at aglidewell@universityhighschool.org with questions about this plan or to stay informed about its progress.