The Denton Independent School District will host a formal dedication of Dr. Ray Braswell High School, 26750 E. University, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8. At 6:30 p.m., architects and students will begin leading tours of the facility.
Dr. Ray Braswell High School, the district’s fourth comprehensive high school, is located on approximately 108 acres on the southeast corner of Navo Road and U.S. 380 in the Town of Little Elm. The school’s namesake served Denton ISD as a teacher, coach and administrator for his entire career, and ultimately led the district as superintendent of schools for 14 years. Under his leadership, the district experienced rapid student growth and major successes – both academically and athletically.
“We want students who attend this school to experience great accomplishment, be prepared for life,” said Dr. Braswell. “The relationships we’ve built through our years in this community that have continued during the building of this facility have been the ‘icing on the cake’ of my career.”
Braswell High, with a main building of 452,868 square feet, was designed by VLK Architects and was built by Balfour-Beatty Construction. The facility, which was approved for construction by voters as part of a bond package in 2013, has the initial capacity for 2,600 students with the option to add instructional space to reach a capacity of 3,000.
“The campus is the anchor and hub of this section of our community. We are thrilled to bring such an innovative and expansive complex to the area that serves as the cornerstone,” said Dr. Jamie Wilson, superintendent of schools.
Recognizing that all students learning differently, furniture and equipment throughout the building are non-fixed and flexible. Staff and students own their learning by determining use and function of key academic areas. Knowledge nooks and adaptable set-ups are sprinkled through the facility.
“This is an incredible honor, one for which we will be forever grateful, and we will never take for granted,” said Dr. Braswell.