Mills High School

Mills High School

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Gymnasium and Theater Renovation

San Mateo Union High School District
San Mateo, Calif.

  • Completion Date: September 2013
  • Square Footage: 48,838 (Modernization)
  • Final Project Cost: $20.3M

Built in 1958, Mills High School is an early modernist campus expressed with windowless single-story buildings. The district recognized the need to greatly improve and expand the school’s Theater and Gymnasium Complex. The new work transformed the 32,000 square foot gym/theater facility into a new and significantly renovated 48,800 square foot complex that includes a 750-seat theater, basketball and volleyball court, and a large glass-wall lobby to both facilities. A new student quad provides student gathering space and outdoor learning areas.


2014 Award of Excellence, Leroy F. Greene Design + Planning Award | Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) & American Institute of Architects/California Council (AIACC)


  • High School
  • Modernization
  • Gymnasium
  • Theater
  • Lobby
  • Quad


With state-of-the-art lighting, excellent acoustics and comfortable seating, the District’s art programs have strong community support and have grown by leaps and bounds. Elizabeth McManus, Associate Superintendent of Business Services, SMUHSD