Norfolk looks at possibilities for the future of Maury High School

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — They just don’t make them like Maury High School anymore, but if you look closely at the beautiful architecture you’ll see the old building is showing her age.

Braces hold up the cornices outside, and inside there’s peeling paint and crumbling plaster.

“So right now what we’re doing is we’re reimagining what Maury could look like,” Chief Academic Officer Kipp Rogers told 10 On Your Side.

But he said they’re not surveying buildings or blueprints to figure it out, they’re looking at learning.

“You build a school building around an instructional program and not vice-versa … you build the building and try to fit the instructional into it because the needs may not be the same.”

Through a series of school tours and meetings with teachers, students and the community, architects are developing a vision for what future learning will look like.

“And also to begin to describe in words and pictures how space should be designed to provide and support those desired types of learning activities,” said Mike Ross with HBA Architecture Interior Design.

Ross says schools he designs now have multipurpose rooms of varying sizes to accommodate more mobile learning and technology.

Once they figure out how Maury should look to support the kind of learning the community wants, the next phase would be to decide if this old building could support it, or if they would need to build from scratch.

“It depends on the bones of the building, and I think this building has pretty good bones,” he said.  But Ross is not ready to make a call either way, and Rogers says there are no plans to do anything in the immediate future.

The results of this first phase will go to the school board in June.  Then they’ll decide whether to move to phase two.

Here’s how you can get involved. 

There’s a community meeting Thursday night from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Maury High School.

You’ll hear from the folks who are developing the vision — and there’s time for your input, too.

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