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SHS Bahia Vista sign 6-2-17SHS Rudolph Building-Greg Wilson SAF

NEW VISTA: Top photo-The sign at the entrance to Sarasota High will soon include the school’s new address: 2155 Bahia St. Bottom photo-The iconic Paul Rudolph-designed building at Sarasota High now houses administrative offices and classrooms. The building is part of the “vista” from the school’s entrance on Bahia Vista Street. Photo by Greg Wilson, courtesy Sarasota Architectural Foundation.

SARASOTA, June 2, 2017 – Sarasota County’s oldest high school has a new address. Sarasota High School is now officially at 2155 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, FL, 34239. The change from the school’s previous School Avenue address was approved by the Sarasota County School Board at a regular meeting May 16. The Sarasota County School District received a letter of approval for the new address from the City of Sarasota Building & Zoning Department May 30. The address coordinator for Sarasota County Government also facilitated the change.

The address was revised as a result of the reconfiguration of the entrance to Sarasota High and the relocation of administrative offices to the iconic Paul Rudolph-designed building that faces Bahia Vista Street. Renovation of that building, which also houses classrooms, was completed in fall 2015. The building’s exterior now appears as it did when it first opened in 1960. There is an unobstructed view of the building from the entrance to the school and its main parking lot on Bahia Vista Street.

The new address is sequential with surrounding addresses on the north side of Bahia Vista to the east and west of the SHS entrance and is compatible with the Geographic Information System and the Global Positioning System. The address will improve ease of locating the school’s main entrance by emergency vehicles, parents and other visitors, and will clearly communicate to the public the location of the new entrance to the school.

“Our staff and our School Advisory Council, which includes parent and student representatives, is in full support of this address change,” said Principal David Jones. “They agree that it makes so much sense because of our new ‘front door’ on Bahia Vista Street.”

The previous address of 1000 S. School Ave. had only been used since 1995 when the administration building was moved from the historic 1927 building at 1001 S. Tamiami Trail. That building is being leased from the School Board by Ringling College of Art and Design and is being transformed into the Sarasota Museum of Art, which is not yet open to the public. The Circus Arts Conservatory/Sailor Circus “tent” building, just west of the SHS front parking lot, will continue to use the address 2075 Bahia Vista St.

Other additions to the Sarasota High campus include a new cafeteria and the Edward F. Howell Gymnasium. Both buildings opened in March 2016. When completed in August, the Sarasota High campus enhancements are projected to cost approximately $42 million. The design and construction team includes Harvard Jolly Architecture, Tandem Construction and Paul Pitcher, project manager for the school district. 

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