New High School Includes On-Campus Rifle Range

What has 11 floors, a 900-car parking deck, costs some $147 million, and on top of all that, a gun range?

This Atlanta high school.

North Atlanta High School looks nothing like your average high school. With a lobby that looks like it belongs to a 5-star hotel in swanky Manhattan, a food court that resembles something you might find at a shopping mall, and floor-specific elevators with individual standing pads, North Atlanta is the most expensive public high school ever built in Georgia, according to The New York Times, and it opened its doors for the first time this month.

The new structure, built from an old IBM office building, will provide an opportunity to showcase how a large, urban public school can be a “viable alternative” to the increasing number of charter schools, vouchers, and private education, Howard E. Taylor, the new principal, told The Times. <Read more.>

Via Gina Cairney, Education Week.