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William J Brennan High School

Marmon Mok

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Project Name

William J Brennan High School

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Year Completed



467,000 sq. feet

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San Antonio Northside ISD

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Project Description

Marmon Mok designed this comprehensive high school to serve northwest San Antonio’s growing student population. The new school has more than 70 classrooms, 16 science labs, 15 computer labs, auto and building trade shops, cafeteria with outdoor dining, library, two gymnasiums and locker rooms, band, choral and orchestra rehearsal spaces, and a state-of-the-art theater and black box theater.

The primary organizing element of the building’s plan is the two-level east/west circulation corridor that links all of the major program areas: administration, fine arts, theater, gyms, locker rooms, cafeteria, and classroom wings. “Public” areas including the theatre, gyms, and administration are concentrated at the front of the school.

With 1,200 seats, the Brennan HS Theatre is a flagship feature of the school campus and the community. It is the first in the area to have a fly loft, which will allow NISD students to do massive scene changes. The theater has 30-40 rigging line sets, a 1,300 SF orchestra pit, a separate black box theater, a costume shop and incorporates many state-of-the-art theater technology elements. The orchestra pit underneath the stage is an electronically powered lift floor which can be raised and lowered during the performance.
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