Douglass School Renovations

Douglass School
  • Design Team

    Rinker Design Associates PC -  Civil Engineer  https://www.rdacivil.com/
    Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, LLP - Architect  https://www.beyerblinderbelle.com/
    Moya Design Partnership - Interiors  https://moyadesignpartners.com/
    LGS Landscape Architecture - Landscape Architecture  http://www.lsginc.com/
    1200 Architectural Engineers PLLC - Structural Engineer  http://www.1200ae.com/
    Simpson Gumpertz & Heger - Building Enclosure Consultant  https://www.sgh.com/
    Global Engineering Solutions  Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing Engineer  https://www.theges.com/
    Convergent Technology Design Group - Telecomm, Low Voltage, Security, A/V Consultant http://www.ctdginc.com/
    Hanscomb Cost Estimating - Cost Management Consultant  https://www.hanscombconsult.com/
    Jensen Hughes  - Life Safety Consultant https://www.jensenhughes.com/
    McKeever - Permit Consultant  http://www.mckeever-services.com/
    Direct Dimensions - Digital Engineering  http://www.dirdim.com/
     

  • Planned Programs

    English Learners (EL) Welcome Center The EL program provides EL students with instruction in the English language by emphasizing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through the use of a structured English language approach. 

    Head Start Head Start is a federally funded preschool program for low income families who have a child who will be 4-years-old by September 30th of the school year, or, a child in the Sterling area who will be 3-years-old by September 30th of the school year.

    Step (Starting Towards Excellence in Preschool) Starting Towards Excellence in Pre-School (STEP) is a state (Virginia Preschool Initiative Grant - VPI) and locally funded program that serves children who are four by September 30.  The curriculum is aligned with Virginia's Foundation Blocks for Early Learning and focuses on early literacy and early math instruction, as well as developmentally appropriate social and behavioral expectations. 

    Child Find The Child Find Center provides free developmental screenings for preschool children ages 2 (by September 30) to 5 (not age-eligible for kindergarten). 

    Loudoun County Parks and Recreation 

  • Community Meetings

    The Douglass High School Renovation has continued to progress in design since the last public meeting held in February 2020, pre-COVID.  We continue to consider the input received to inform the design.  Based on initial input, LCPS offers a presentation on Commemorative Concepts.  In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are sharing this presentation electronically.

    Please see our presentation Douglass High School Renovation Commemorative Concepts  Click here to watch the presentation!

    February 12, 2020
    On Wednesday, February 12, 2020, LCPS held a meeting to discuss what was heard at the last meeting and to go over the design concept input topics and hold table discussions on those topics.  Check out the February Douglass Community Presentation.

    December 5, 2019
    On Thursday, December 5, 2019, LCPS held a community outreach and engagement workshop at 7 PM in the Douglass School Cafeteria.  LCPS consulting architect, Beyer Blinder Belle (BBB), presented current project information regarding LCPS programs onsite following the relocation of the Alternative Education Program to The North Star School in School Year 2021 – 2022 and also shared an overview of the historical significance of the Douglass School.  Attendees were asked to provide their comments and input surrounding four (4) questions as follows: 
     
    1. What are the moments in history that should be commemorated at this site?
    2. What resources and amenities has this facility provided to the community that are valuable to you?
    3. What do you think the primary focus for this site should be today?  And in 20 years?
    4. I would like to see Douglass School and site as a place to… 
     
    Members of the community were present and shared comments.  Attendees were encouraged to contact LCPS with any additional comments via the project email address at DouglassRenovation@lcps.org or via phone at (571) 252-1161.  
     
     
     
     
     

  • Current Design

    The Douglass High School Renovation has continued to progress in design since the last public meeting held in February 2020, pre-COVID.  We continue to consider the input received to inform the design.  Based on initial input, LCPS offers a presentation on Commemorative Concepts.  In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are sharing this presentation electronically. 

    Please see our presentation Douglass High School Renovation Commemorative Concepts  Click here to watch the presentation!

    The purpose of the Commemorative Concepts Presentation is to collect additional input focusing on ways in which the important history of the Douglass High School could be shared within the building and the site.  The concepts and images shared in the presentation are examples intended to generate initial feedback.   No decisions have been made; the presentation includes formats from a variety of places to illustrate the various forms/media that could be utilized. 

    LCPS is seeking public input and comments on these concepts and formats of interest for interpretative display or commemorative strategies by early January 2021.  Development of the content of potential displays will follow.  This process will continue to run concurrent to the project’s design development and construction initiation.

    Input and feedback can be provided to LCPS staff via email at DouglassRenovation@lcps.org or by calling the Construction Services Division at (571) 252-1161. 

  • Construction Progress

    Coming Soon!

  • Douglass High School Commemorative Committee

    The Douglass High School Commemorative Committee was appointed by the Loudoun County School Board on May 11, 2021.

    The charge of the Committee is to develop options, both permanent and temporary, to be incorporated in the renovation of the Douglass High School building.  The Committee will consider relevant historic artifacts, memorabilia, and other possible interpretive building displays to tell the story of Douglass High School.  The Committee’s mission will be to determine how the history and importance of Douglass High School should be shared and to recommend commemorative components for School Board action and funding, as necessary.

    The Douglass High School Commemorative Committee is  comprised of a variety of community stakeholders.  The Committee will meet on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, continuing through the end of 2021.  The meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. and be held at Frederick Douglass Elementary School (510 Principal Drummond Way SE, Leesburg).   All Committee meetings will be open to the public and allow time for interested persons to share ideas and comments for Committee consideration.  Ideas may also be submitted to the Committee at DouglassRenovation@lcps.org.

    The first Douglass High School Commemorative Committee meeting is planned for Monday, May 24, in the library at Frederick Douglass Elementary School; the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. 

  • Commemorative Committee Meeting Documents

    May 24, 2021 Commemorative Committee Meeting Packet Documents:

    Welcome Memo

    Roster of Committee Members

    Meeting Schedule 2021

    Concept Chart for Tracking and Discussion

    Interior Commemorative Opportunities

    Exterior Commemorative Opportunities

    Exterior Hardscape Opportunities

    Use Zones

    FOIA Guide for Members Public Bodies

    Loudoun Magazine 2004 Feb

  • Agendas and Meeting Minutes

    Coming Soon!


Time Table
  • Project Updates & Commemorative Concepts Presentation

    The Douglass High School Renovation has continued to progress in design since the last public meeting held in February 2020, pre-COVID.  We continue to consider the input received to inform the design.  Based on initial input, LCPS offers a presentation on Commemorative Concepts.  In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are sharing this presentation electronically. 

    Please see our presentation Douglass High School Renovation Commemorative Concepts  Click here to watch the presentation!

    The purpose of the Commemorative Concepts Presentation is to collect additional input focusing on ways in which the important history of the Douglass High School could be shared within the building and the site.  The concepts and images shared in the presentation are examples intended to generate initial feedback.   No decisions have been made; the presentation includes formats from a variety of places to illustrate the various forms/media that could be utilized. 

    LCPS is seeking public input and comments on these concepts and formats of interest for interpretative display or commemorative strategies by early January 2021.  Development of the content of potential displays will follow.  This process will continue to run concurrent to the project’s design development and construction initiation.  

    Input and feedback can be provided to LCPS staff via email at DouglassRenovation@lcps.org or by calling the Construction Services Division at (571) 252-1161. 

    Douglass High School is located at 407 E. Market Street in Leesburg.   

    Directions to Douglass Community Center  

  • The Douglass School was constructed in 1941 on land that was purchased by the African-American community and transferred to the School Board to secure a facility for the secondary education of their children.  The Douglass School was the only African-American high school in Loudoun County until the end of segregation in 1968. The building is listed in the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. 

    The Douglass School, which currently houses the LCPS Alternative Education program and Loudoun County Parks and Recreation programs, is scheduled to be renovated, beginning in the summer of 2021, when the Alternative Education Program moves to The North Star School in Leesburg.  The renovated Douglass School is scheduled to reopen in 2022.

    LCPS plans to locate its English Learners (EL) Welcome Center, Head Start, STEP (Starting Towards Excellence in Preschool) and Child Find programs into the renovated Douglass School, as well as limited administrative office space and Loudoun County Parks and Recreation programs. 

    Beyond these plans, no commitments have been made for future community uses of the Douglass School.  

     

Last Modified on May 18, 2021