- Worcester’s largest public high school, Doherty is being designed for a potential enrollment of 1,670 students in grades 9-12
- A Massachusetts School Building Authority feasibility study determined that a replacement school for the 1960’s-era, 168,126 square foot building was needed
- After a thorough process of identifying potential sites within the Doherty Quadrant of the City, the decision was made to build the new school on the site of the current school
- Under the guidance of the City’s “Green Worcester Plan,” the school will be the most sustainable municipal building in Worcester.
- LEED certification, net zero readiness, and the significant reduction of fossil fuels has a major impact on the design of Doherty’s building systems
- Several Chapter 74 vocational technical programs will be offered at the school including the current Engineering and Technology program and three new programs: Programming and Web Development, Marketing, Management and Finance, and Construction Craft Laborer
- A “Living Lab” program in partnership with the City of Worcester, Fontaine Brothers Construction, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and others, is providing site tours, programming, and internships to engage students who might not otherwise have exposure to the array of careers across the industry.
- A District-wide Biotechnology Advanced Academy will also be incorporated
- The school is slated to open in 2024 with sitework to be complete in 2024
To explore the building design, you can take a virtual walkthrough of some of the spaces here: lpaa.com/doherty-virtual-walk-through