Oglala Community High School

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Oglala Community High School

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Site Plan (No. SK-3B)
Site Plan
Site Plan Showing Proposed Housing

In 1973, The Bureau of Indian Affairs hired Breuer’s firm to design the Oglala Community High School, also known as Pine Ridge High School, as part of a federal program to improve life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota. Breuer and his partner, Herbert Beckhard, designed a complex of buildings loosely inspired by traditional pueblo architecture with precast concrete window panels set in sloping walls supporting flat roofs. A covered walkway connected the taller gymnasium building to structures containing classrooms. The classroom buildings consisted of open plans that allowed for flexible use of the space and could accommodate contemporary pedagogical methods. Students were to taught according to ability, regardless of age, and the classrooms allowed smaller groups of student to congregate around “learning resource centers” containing books and audiovisual materials. Breuer’s firm submitted drawings, specifications and a final cost estimate in September of 1975 but the project was never built.