Old High School, New Museum

SARASOTA -

It's been said that years ago, the reverence for public schools was so great, they were built to resemble churches. Few schools are left that evoke that feeling of a higher purpose. But take a few steps away from Tamiami Trail, and the soaring arches and gothic towers of Sarasota High School beckon.

An architectural father-and-son team has a unique assignment - resuscitating a building that hasn't seen a high school student for 11 years.

Alarm bells had been rung that the building could be demolished, so a plan was hatched by the Ringling School of Art and Design. If it works, Javier and Javi Suarez will transform it into a contemporary art museum, alongside art classrooms.

Now, it's up the public to contribute.

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