A star architect's vision
Pete Flintoff, whose father, Howard Flintoff, was secretary of the school board, recalls hearing that they felt lucky to get Yamasaki. Alyce Riemenschneider remembers that her parents and their friends were also excited to have someone so famous design their school.
People raised questions about the campus layout, but according to the Standard, school board members argued that the design would "provide the best building program at the most economical cost." Outside walkways would be cheaper than inside hallways; it was easier to meet fire codes in one-story buildings; and it would be simple to add on to as the school grew. A $2.3 million bond issue passed easily.
On February 2, 1959, "we packed up our books and literally walked to the new school," recalls Ed Brown, president of the class of 1961. Students started their day at the Locker Building. "With floor-to-ceiling windows [it] was much nicer than the traditional string of hallway lockers," recalls Carol Cameron Lauhon, who also graduated in 1961. Covered walkways with brightly colored bubbles at building entrances served to unify the campus and afford some shelter as students passed between classes.