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Dr. Joaquin Garcia High School

Located on a 46-acre site in western Lake Worth, Florida, the new high school campus - the first new high school in Palm Beach County in 20 years - currently has 1,600 students enrolled and is designed to accommodate the area’s rapid population growth.

The 281,000-square-foot high school includes two buildings and a secure courtyard for students and staff. The three-story academic building houses administration, a media center, classrooms, and lab spaces. An adjacent single-story performing arts center features an 855-seat auditorium and spaces to support music, dance, and visual arts programs. The south end of the arts building is anchored by the kitchen/dining facility with a food court and outdoor covered dining.

An onsite athletic complex features a 4,000-seat lighted football stadium with “Carolina blue” artificial turf, a press box, and fieldhouse/concessions building. Other athletic facilities include a lighted baseball and softball field, two practice fields, tennis and basketball courts, and the only sand volleyball court at a high school in Palm Beach County. A community entrance enables visitors to access the gymnasium, auditorium, and athletic fields without entering the main school facilities.
The school is named after Dr. Joaquín García, an LGBTQIA+ community leader, businessman, and educational advocate who died in 2021. It’s one of a handful of public schools nationwide named for LGBTQ+ people and the first school in Palm Beach County named after a Hispanic person.

The project was designed in collaboration with SchenkelShultz Architecture.

Features include:

  1. New 2,703-student high school campus

  2. Secure courtyard for students and faculty

  3. Onsite athletic campus

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