Project Email:  FHSRenovation@fcps.org

Project Manager:
Brian Staiger
Facilities Planner:
Beth Pasierb

Project Overview

Frederick High School was initially constructed in 1939 with additions in 1955, 1967, 1977 and 1980. Approximately one third of the building was renovated in 1977. While a few systemic improvements have been made to the school such as roof repairs, no other significant renovations have occurred in this building in almost 35 years.


The Board of Education has identified the modernization of older schools as a priority in the capital improvement program. A recent facility assessment study evaluated the physical condition of our schools, as well as the ability to provide the current required curriculum. Frederick High was ranked highest in priority for high schools needing a complete renovation/modernization.

Phase I: Feasibility Study

The first step in the modernization of Frederick High was to perform a feasibility study. The purpose of the feasibility study was to identify school facility renovation/modernization needs and the cost of meeting those needs.  The study was completed in December 2012 and in February 2013, the Board of Education approved Option Number 5 to construct a new facility on the existing site that will be located on the existing parking lot to the west of the existing building.  Students will remain in the current building while the new building is constructed. Option 5 received approval from the Designees of the Interagency Committee on School Construction in February 2013.

Phase II: Design and Permitting
FCPS recommended and the Board of Education approved awarding the design contract to Baltimore-based architectural firm GWWO, Inc. at its July 10, 2013 meeting.  Design and permitting of the project will begin in FY14 and continue through FY15.
Phase III: Construction
Assuming that funding is available, it is anticipated that the project will go to bid in the spring of 2015 with construction starting in July 2015.  The new school is expected to open in the fall 2017.  Demolition of the old building and final site work will follow, with project completion by fall 2018.
Community Involvement
Throughout the entire project, FCPS will work closely with the community to not only provide detailed information and regular updates on the project, but also to gather input and ideas.