City of Attleboro

Attleboro High School

Project at a Glance

Attleboro, MA


Kaestle Boos Associates, Inc.

Project Type

New Construction

Project Overview

  • Construction of a new high school 30 feet from the existing school while it remains fully occupied
  • Combination of traditional high school program areas and vocational/technical school requirements
  • A new rotary requires relocation of utilities serving the existing high school and adjacent residences

Attleboro High School is one of 14 “comprehensive” high schools in Massachusetts that is home to both a regular grade 9-12 high school as well as a chapter 74-approved vocational/technical high school. It serves students with both college preparatory and Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum. The current high school building was built in 1961 and can no longer keep pace with the instructional and program needs for a 21st-century education.

Construction of a new four-story school for 1,725 students will be conducted directly adjacent to the existing high school and football stadium, surrounded by a residential neighborhood, elementary school and middle school. The existing high school will remain open and occupied during construction and ultimately demolished upon completion. The site of the existing school will provide space for new parking lots and athletic fields. Major reconfiguration to vehicular and pedestrian infrastructure includes the construction of a new rotary, which will require the relocation of utilities that serve the existing high school and adjacent residences. Complex site and foundation work will require dewatering and support of excavation with piles and lagging.

The new school building will offer 16 CTE programs, including robotics, culinary arts, cosmetology, horticultural studies and visual arts. Shared spaces, such as the cafeteria, gymnasium and auditorium, will link the building together in the center to provide a commons space for student and public gatherings. The main lobby connects the front public entrance to the rear student entrance with a 40-foot curtain wall system.