Stratford’s new high school auditorium is going to be a hot ticket


Stratford High School’s new auditorium looks set to be a busy place this upcoming school year.

“Since this is a high school auditorium, it will be used not only for performances such as dance, orchestra, band and theater, but also for debates, high school staff meetings of Stratford, student body reunions, awards ceremonies, and other high school activities are all other district needs,” said Travis Stanford, Spring Branch ISD associate superintendent for operations.

The auditorium was part of a massive $898.4 million bond package that Spring Branch ISD voters approved in 2017.

“The construction of the new auditorium was part of the larger overall project at Stratford High School, which included major renovations to the common area, resurfacing of the gymnasium floors, major upgrades to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, new roof installations. and life safety improvements as well as a redesign of the front entrance vestibule. said Stanford.

Overall, Stratford saw about $40.7 million in improvements, with the auditorium costing about $19 million.

The large 2017 bond package also included funds to build nine elementary schools, a middle school, upgrade sports fields and improve security.

The auditorium actually opened in the spring towards the end of the school year. An April staging of “Peter Pan” was her first major production, and she took full advantage of the auditorium’s rigging, which allowed the actors to fly.

The auditorium is a two-storey type and can accommodate approximately 750 people on the ground floor and another 250 on the balcony. This means around half of Stratford High School’s 2,250 pupils can be seated at the same time.

Two new classrooms of approximately 750 square feet each and a 1,200 square foot multipurpose room were also built as part of the auditorium.

“The new classrooms and the multipurpose room can serve as classroom space and (also be used) for meetings and testing,” Stanford said. “The multi-purpose hall can also house the orchestra and is equipped with the infrastructure required to connect and support live performances in the auditorium.”

Stratford’s old auditorium was demolished to make way for the new one, which not only takes up the entire footprint of the original, but also claims part of a car park.

John DeLapp is a freelance writer. He can be contacted at [email protected]


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