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Tallest school (NOT college or univ.) building in US?

As the title suggests, where/what is the tallest school building in the United States? Specifically where the building was purpose built for education purposes and the school takes up most of or almost the ENTIRE building. I want people to post examples that show how a vertical school building is a viable concept, because its easy to think of reasons why it wouldn't. I think this will be a fun thread if it doesn't go off topic.

Do NOT post mixed use developments where a school only exists as part of a ground floor podium of a bigger tower, or a non-conventional private montessori or something like that which only occupies one floor of a tower. That doesn't really go with what I am looking for/discuss.

Please do NOT post buildings which are or part of university or college campuses or any vocational schools that serve Adults. Only schools which serve kids/teens/youth. There are already ample resources on the internet for high rise university buildings including a list on wikipedia.
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Jones Prep in downtown Chicago is the tallest school I know at 7 stories.
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There are a ton of NYC public and private schools in the 10-15 floor range.

Brooklyn Tech, Stuyvesant, Collegiate would be good examples. Really most schools in Manhattan and close-in parts of the Outer Boroughs are at least 7-8 floors.

Many others are built as the base of mixed-use highrises, but those wouldn't count. The public school system has a whole department dedicated to partnering with developers to build schools at the base of new towers.
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The Atlanta Public Schools opened North Atlanta High School in an 11 story former IBM office building in 2013.

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My high school on PHILLY - Dobbins Tech was 8 floors and we use to have basketball courts on the roof .There were a few other highschools that were similar to my high school in PHILLY too. My junior high school was 6 floors and basketball courts on the roof also.
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If you go to a school that tall, do you take elevators to and from your classes?
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I'm pretty sure the tallest in Cleveland is the Main Building of St. Ignatius High School. The original design for the building included an additional 6-story wing (would have been in the far right of this photo):

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Newark's Arts High School is nice but I don't think its the tallest.


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If you go to a school that tall, do you take elevators to and from your classes?
I'm wondering this too. How do you manage a bunch of rowdy 14 year olds riding in an elevator up several stories?

My high school was only 2 floors. There was one elevator which was off-limits and required a key card to operate.
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If you go to a school that tall, do you take elevators to and from your classes?
Photos and descriptions from myajc.com in 2013


The new North Atlanta High School has floor specific elevators. Students would enter their floor number on an electronic pad stand. There are no buttons in the elevators.


The lobby of North Atlanta High School which opened in 2013.
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Not that I have any idea what the real answer is, but I couldn't help but think of the fictional example, Wayside.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waysid..._(book_series))
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Wilmington has a 7-story elementary school that is being deconstructed.


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I'm wondering this too. How do you manage a bunch of rowdy 14 year olds riding in an elevator up several stories?

My high school was only 2 floors. There was one elevator which was off-limits and required a key card to operate.
Older NYC high schools generally have elevators, and newer NYC high schools generally have escalators and elevators. I'm not sure why these would be "rowdier" than stairs or other common areas, but they probably add considerable maintenance costs.

Keep in mind that many (most?) of these students live in buildings with elevators, and occassionally escalators, so they might be less of a "novelty".

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Older NYC high schools generally have elevators, and newer NYC high schools generally have escalators and elevators. I'm not sure why these would be "rowdier" than stairs or other common areas, but they probably add considerable maintenance costs.

Keep in mind that many (most?) of these students live in buildings with elevators, and occassionally escalators, so they might be less of a "novelty".
Brings back memories of UW Madison - in the freshman dorms - the derision we heaped on the few yokels that felt compelled to press every button in the elevator. Thankfully the novelty of that wore off after a few weeks.
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My guess is HSPVA is the tallest high school in Houston...though it's not all that tall, actually. And it's beige and brown...


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idk but Horizonte, an alternative high school in Salt Lake is probably the city's tallest:

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If you go to a school that tall, do you take elevators to and from your classes?
I went to a 11 story HS, and we weren't allowed to take the elevators unless we had a special pass. Elevators were reserved for faculty, staff, and visitors. We did have escalators that traversed 2 floors at a time, but they were broken much of the time. It was pretty terrible to have such unreliable escalators in a building that wasn't even 10 years old when I started to attend.

So to answer your question:
- escalators if they were working
- but, stairs most of the time because they were so much faster. It took quite a while to walk the long hallway to get from one side of the escalator to the next. Plus, it was good exercise.
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My high school on PHILLY - Dobbins Tech was 8 floors and we use to have basketball courts on the roof .There were a few other highschools that were similar to my high school in PHILLY too. My junior high school was 6 floors and basketball courts on the roof also.
Very beautiful buildings, I didn’t even see them and didn’t know them. I know a couple of buildings, but they've already been listed. I also studied at the university, which is also high, but as it was said - do not indicate them. And thank God, it's good that I graduated from the university. I was looking for a very long time where to buy college research paper, eventually found https://paperell.com/buy-college-research-paper and was very happy. In general, this stage is passed and I am very happy. Now I'll try to find more tall buildings and later I'll throw them here. It's just that basically it gives me famous buildings and universities in the search.
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