In one of the early phases of the Commons Project
students work to pry up the asphalt of the old space.
Students at Mendocino High School and members of the local community are working
together to transform a bleak area of the high school campus into a student
commons. The project began in 1998 and will be completed in 2002. A planning
committee composed of students, administrators, teachers, and a local architect
and designer spent two years designing the area, setting a construction schedule,
and drafting a marketing and fundraising strategy. Students in grades 9 through
12 are involved in all aspects of the Commons Project. The last time the commons
area was modified was in 1968, when students made and arranged planters to beautify
the area. This time students, teachers, administrators, and community volunteers
have taken on a far more ambitious task--to completely redesign, reconstruct,
and landscape the area.