Eastwood High School’s transformation begins in an aging area of El Paso where, despite declining population in residential areas, and aging facilities, this urban school was prospering. The 24.25 acres in which it stood, is small for the 2,500 student population that it served, the 600 seat auditorium, administration building, 2,000 seat gym, and three-story academic addition that was added. The phasing plans worked with demolition to form a void in the center of the campus that unified the buildings, flanked by new architecture that unites the campus aesthetically.
Revitalization infused the school with footholds for the campus’ identity that ignited renewed pride. At the main entrance, the Eastwood Trooper, inspired by Union Calvary soldiers, shows strength to those walking through the gates. The basketball team members who won the 1976 Class 4A State Championship gaze down from the 25’x170’ perforated metal screen gracing the façade of the gym. Once inside, the school’s interiors and graphics share the same blue and gold color scheme as the Calvary soldiers the Eastwood Troopers are inspired from. Eastwood High School continues, more strongly than ever, to be a place of reminiscence and inspiration, as the community asked of us. When we told the students, educators, and the community the design would be Their Vision. Delivered.
Ysleta Independent School District Eastwood High School Campus Transformation
El Paso, Texas, TX
MNK Architects, Inc.
El Paso, TX
Brian Wancho Photography