White Station High School Community Courtyard
White Station High School offers a unique, outstanding education for over 2,000 students per year in Memphis. A public school that serves the needs of such a large and diverse student population deserves facilities that meet the needs of these inquiring students. Academically, White Station is unsurpassed; physically, it faces many challenges. Various efforts are underway by the administration to address the deferred maintenance shortcomings in the facilities. But with your help, we can do even more.
In 2014, we began a process to improve the buildings and grounds of White Station. The University of Memphis Architecture Department created a Master Plan based on input from our community- students, parents, faculty, administrators, and alumni- to upgrade the campus. We hope for this process to spread to other Shelby County Schools. You can see an overview of the Master Plan here; and the entire Master Plan here.
To begin our upgrades, we identified three "first" projects from our Master Plan: a community courtyard; a library expansion; and a three story STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) building. Upon completion of our Community Courtyard, we will proceed with our library expansion and the three-story STEM building. You can read the more detailed Case for Support here.
Our Master Plan reorients the campus "hub" from Perkins Road to the campus core. Creating a "pocket park" there will beautify an unused space, allow for social and educational gatherings and activities, and enliven this crossroads for movement through the campus. To see the detailed plan of the courtyard, please click here.
The space offers multi-leveled seating for outdoor classroom teaching and interaction, outdoor dining, shaded gathering spaces, sustainable landscaping, artistic irrigation, student art displays, and a pedestrian walkway.
Our cost is $175,000, which includes $20,000 to a maintenance fund. Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. Donations are held and administered by SchoolSeed. Click here to view the agreement.
To make a credit card donation, click the Pledge Support button above. Please indicate your year of graduation from White Station, if applicable, on the donation page, under "In Honor of".
If you would like to mail a check to support the project, please make check payable to: SchoolSeed Foundation. And mail to: SchoolSeed Foundation, Attention: White Station Community Courtyard, PO Box 111169, Memphis, TN 38111. Please indicate on the memo line your year of graduation from White Station, if applicable.
Several structural features of the Community Courtyard are available for gift recognition opportunities for those interested in making large donations of $25,000 or more. Donations of $10,000 or more are considered sponsors, and will be memorialized by a prominent “thank you” in the courtyard. Sponsors may be an individual or group. Please contact the Project Owner listed above, for more information.