A Different Kind of Education Reform: Reuse of Historic School Buildings

For better or worse, we all have strong memories of the school buildings where we spent much of our youth. Similar to municipal, ecclesiastical and institutional buildings, schools have traditionally been viewed as centerpieces of communities and neighborhoods. They are where kids gather for learning, adults gather to vote and everyone has a story. The response to “Where did you go to school?” can define a person and evoke a sense of pride and nostalgia. Schools, from tiny one-room schoolhouses to large high schools with thousands of students, create a sense of place, define a neighborhood and provide an identity for those who have attended over the years.