850 Damon St.
Akron, OH 44310
330/761-3171; Fax 330/761-3175
Colors: Light Blue and Dark Blue
Average Class Size: 22
Average Enrollment: 324
Design Enrollment: 400
Principal: Danjile Henderson
The dedication ceremony took place on Tuesday, August 26, 2008, at 5 p.m. Students began attending school in the new building on Wednesday, August 27, 2008. Click on the link to the right to view highlights of the dedication
ceremony took place on Friday, February 9, 2007. Click on the link
to the right to view highlights.
Forest Hill's Master Facility Plan
The Forest Hill Community Learning Center was built north of the current school on the existing 3.9-acre site. Once the 400-student, 54,085-square-foot building is complete, the existing building will be demolished and the area converted to a playground. The site can be accessed from Damon Street and includes a large parent drop-off area, 66 off-street parking spaces and a separate delivery/building services area. Parking will be blocked off from the neighborhood with landscaping. The main building entrance faces Damon Street, and the playground will be fully fenced from adjacent streets. The exterior mechanical/electrical equipment and waste facilities will be screened with masonry walls. The two-story academic wing faces Glenwood Avenue; and a single-story wing of joint-use spaces like the gym, cafeteria, stage, art and music rooms, and offices are separated from the academic wing. Off the central lobby and facing the corner of Glenwood and Ranney Street is the media center, a building focal element with an octagonal-shaped reading room. Entrances are available from all directions. The academic wing is set back from the street to preserve several large trees and the character of the neighborhood. The gymnasium and building service areas are located internally to allow for smaller elevations and to minimize potential noise and odor issues. The exterior of the building is a traditional style reminiscent of many buildings in the school district, with red/brown masonry, projected masonry pilasters, cast stone accents, punched vertically oriented white windows and low-slope roofing with masonry parapets. Additionally, a series of low-arched openings for the cafeteria, gym and kindergarten classrooms provide additional character, reminiscent of a historical terminal building or area bridges. The media center boasts large windows and pilasters. The new Forest Hill Community Learning Center meets the needs of Akron Public Schools and the community at large, while being sensitive to the character of the neighborhood and its history.
All designs are the work of an
architectural firm from one of six firms, which comprise the Akron
Architectural Group. AAG architects work with Akron Public Schools
architects on each site. The architectural firm that designed the Forest
Hill Community Learning Center was GPD Group. Gerald Taylor was
the Akron Public Schools liaison.
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