Historic Renovation

John Handley High School

Construction on John Handley High School, located in the city of Winchester, VA, started in 1922 and continues to the present day. An endowed public high school founded by a grant from Judge John Handley, Handley High School is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. And in 2017, Architectural Digest named Handley the most beautiful public high school in Virginia.

Winchester Public Schools renewed its commitment to the city’s only high school by accommodating new enrollment growth with a multi-phased addition and renovation project — all executed while school was in session. The design approach preserved all of the building’s remaining historic elements, carefully restoring them with the aid of tax credits.

A new Center for Science and Technology was carefully woven into the building’s historic grain. The original “Nature Study Court” became a student union/café, providing students with dining options. The gymnasium became a library and media center.

Besides the five-year, multi-million dollar historic rehabilitation and 40,000 SF addition, Shockey also completed accompanying site work.

Project Details

  • LOCATION Winchester, VA
  • OWNER Winchester City Schools
  • ARCHITECT VMDO Architects
  • SIZE 272,000 SF rehabilitation; 40,000 SF addition
  • OUR ROLE Construction Manager
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