The new Gardendale High School was the first of three new state of the art high schools that the Jefferson County Board of Education selected Davis Architects to design. The community and school board wished to keep the new 1,200 student Gardendale High School in the existing location on Main Street in downtown Gardendale. This required creative phasing and planning to incorporate almost 300,000 square feet of new construction, as well as new athletic facilities, on the 40 acre site. The facility includes a 650 seat performing arts center, 50 classrooms and labs, a 100-seat lecture hall, 1,600 seat competition gymnasium, 300 seat practice gym and career technical labs. The design of the new campus gives the students a college campus setting, with a wireless network throughout the building and integrated smart board technology in every classroom. The new athletic facilities include a football field house, baseball stadium, softball stadium and practice fields.