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Secondary - The El Dorado School District

El Dorado High School

The design of the new El Dorado High School, 2000 Wildcat Drive, exceeds ADE Standards for 1,600 students with 314,972 sq. ft. of heated/cooled area (7.23 acres) (the former site designed in 1964 was165,038 sq. ft.) with overall layout determined to facilitate ease of circulation, interaction and staff monitoring.

Academic Overview

  • 95 academic instructional spaces
    • 19 Advanced Placement Courses
    • Pre-Advanced Placement Classes
    • Teachers College Board and Laying the Foundation trained
    • El Dorado High chosen in first 10 high schools to receive Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Math & Science (AAIMS) Advanced Placement grant sponsored by Exxon-Mobil
    • College Board Honor Roll of Outstanding AP Programs 2010-2011, one of only two in Arkansas
  • 7 Concurrent Credit Classes
  • Freshman Academy – Building Better Wildcats
  • Teams of core teachers working together supporting ninth-grade success at EHS
  • Located in one wing of EHS near Arena
  • Common planning time for teachers
  • iPads
  • Project Room
  • Summer Reading Program
  • AP Courses
  • iPads
  • Project Room
  • Classes in College Algebra and College Trig
  • AP Courses
  • Double classrooms with lab facilities
  • Lab facilities are specialized for the requirements of biological and physical sciences
  • Preparation rooms
  • Project Rooms
  • Dishwashers, refrigerators and freezers in storage areas
  • AP Courses
  • Close-Up program
  • AP Courses
  • Project Room
  • MacBook Labs
  • 6 Computer Labs
  • 16 Kitchens (including 4 kitchen Labs & an Industrial Kitchen)
  • English Area
  • Baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball
  • AAAAAA South Athletic Conference
  • State Champs 2010-2011 Football, Girls’ Basketball, Girls’ Golf and Weight Lifting
  • Math Area
  • Science Area
  • Social Studies Area
  • Career & Technical/FACS Area
  • Endowed Chairs in Math, Science and Literacy for K-12 curriculum alignment
  • P.E./Health/Athletics

Performing Arts Center

  • 6,400 sq. ft. Auditorium [1964 EHS=2,162 sq. ft.]
    • 450 seats [1964 EHS=280 seats]
    • Removable thrust stage
    • Full orchestra pit
    • 50 ft. proscenium
    • Acoustically tuned walls and ceiling
    • Catwalk system
    • Sound & light booth
  • 70-seat Black Box Theatre/Drama Classroom
  • Lobby & Concession area
  • Make-up/Dressing Rooms
  • Green Room
  • Thespian Troope regularly performs at American Theater Festival in Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland

Band/Orchestra Instrumental Area

  • 4,620 sq. ft. Rehearsal Room [1964 EHS=2,350 sq. ft.]
  • 6 individual and ensemble practice rooms
  • Acoustically tuned walls and ceiling
  • Self-contained for after hours use
  • Award winning Marching Band
  • Jazz Band

Choral Music Area

  • 1,618 sq. ft. [1964 EHS 1,446 sq. ft.]
  • Individual & ensemble practice rooms
  • Acoustically tuned walls and ceiling
  • Award winning vocal groups

Library /Media Center

  • 8,615 sq. ft. total area [1964 EHS =5,400 sq. ft.]
  • 4,225 sq. ft. Reading/Books, Circulation area
  • 2 Group Study/Conference Rooms
  • 28-student computer work area
  • Multi-Media Computer Lab

Highlights & Recognitions

  • El Dorado Promise: free college tuition for EHS grads who meet requirements
  •  El Dorado High "Academic Signing Day” featured in People Magazine
  • El Dorado High state finalist for Teacher of the year featured in Southern Living Magazine
  • Murphy Education Program
    • Cash Awards for student scores on Advanced Placement, ACT, SAT, and Benchmark Exams
    • Cash Awards for Advanced Placement teachers
    • Academic Letter Jackets
  • 2010 Pride Team of the Year
  • El Dorado High Southern Regional
  • Education Board (SREB) featured school in Rigor, Relevance & Relationships Improve Achievement

Dining & Kitchen Area

  • 17,720 sq. ft. total area
  • 8,500 sq. ft. Dining/Commons for 800 students per lunch shift [1964 EHS=4,600 sq. ft.]
  • 2,016 sq. ft. "Scramble” type Serving Area
  •  3,968 sq. ft. Kitchen, Food Storage, Dishwashing areas [1964 EHS=2,000 sq. ft.]


  • 35,424 sq. ft. [1964 EHS=20,600 sq. ft.]
  • 360o arena seating
  • 2,200 seats [1964 EHS=1,620]
  • Capacity to host state tournaments
  • State-of-the-Art Sound System

Special Features

  • Fiber-optic technology system throughout the building for data, telephone, closed circuit television security system, access control, Internet & energy management systems
  • Wireless Internet access throughout building
  • Smart Board technology in every classroom
  • Emergency power generator for life-safety systems (fire alarm, exit lights, emergency lights)
  • Entire building is handicapped accessible
  • Controlled-access elevator connects both floors
  • Hardened secondary corridors on 1st Floor serve as storm shelters

Site Features

  • Project site is 61.29 acres
  • 611 parking spaces for students and staff [1964 EHS=437 parking spaces]
  • Separate student and bus traffic entry/exit points
    • Students and staff from South Timberlane
    • Buses from Parnell Road
  • Football, Soccer and Band practice fields

Construction Facts

  • Structural steel, cast-in-place reinforced concrete, pre-cast concrete, glue-laminated wood and engineered wood products were integrated into the structural system
  • 598,000 bricks & 350,000 concrete blocks used

Wood Construction Facts

  • Approximately 60% of the building is wood construction
  • 16,305 sheets (12 acres) of plywood used in roof, floor and wall construction
  • 134,376 lineal feet (25.45 miles) of wood I-joist framing in roof and second floor construction