The South's Most Beautiful High Schools
The places where we did our reading, writing, and arithmetic are often prettier than any other building in town.
Our high schools will always hold special places in our hearts. Besides math and history, high schools are the places where we learned important lessons about respect, education, and open-mindedness. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the South is home to some of the most beautiful high schools in the county. The places where we did our reading, writing, and arithmetic are often more beautiful than any other building in town. Driving by, you may mistake a high school for a church or a historical site. But you’ll certainly be a little envious of the teenagers who get to learn in these buildings that make up the South’s most beautiful high schools. Some of these high schools have had multiple lives as government buildings or remnants of churches and cathedrals; others are brand new, state of the art masterpieces. No matter the style, these beautiful Southern high schools offer the landscape for the next generation of great thinkers, leaders, and dreamers.
Academy of the Sacred Heart
New Orleans, Louisiana
Founded in 1867, this all-girls Catholic school is set amidst the moss-covered oaks of St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans.
Founded in 1894, this all-girls school is nestled amid the rolling green hills of Virginia. Filled with century-old traditions and rigorous academics, it is a beautiful setting in which to live and learn.
El Paso High School
El Paso, Texas
Built in 1916, this high school is a wonderful example of Greco-Roman architecture, the style of which was influenced by the Portico of Octavia in Rome. Filled with intricate architectural touches, this high school invites students to appreciate the art around them, especially since the school is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Milton High School
Ranked seventh in the state by U.S. News and World Report, Milton High School is academically rigorous and architecturally lovely. This high school combines modern architectural flourishes with a classic entrance that is lined with bold columns.
The Bolles School
With four stellar schools on a combined 88 beautiful Florida acres, The Bolles School is one of the most beautiful of Southern educational institutions.
St. Andrew's-Sewanee School
Set atop the Cumberland Plateau, this picturesque school neighbors Sewanee: The University of the South and offers all manner of academics as well as outdoor activities. The school—in the Spanish Colonial architectural style—also includes an on-campus lake used as an outdoor biology lab and popular swimming hole.
Strawberry Crest High School
This public high school in East Hillsborough County, Florida, opened in 2009 and immediately received architectural awards celebrating its style, design, and functionality.
Little Rock Central High School
Little Rock, Arkansas
The American Institute of Architects named this high school “America’s Most Beautiful High School” once construction was completed in 1927. The school is also listed as a National Historic Site.