Mountain Ridge High School


Frostburg, MD Completed 2007
Project Highlights
  • Allegany County Public Schools
  • 165,000 sf, 1,000 students
  • New Construction

A new face for an historic community.

Critical to the vitality of Frostburg’s Main Street, Mountain Ridge serves as a gateway at the east end of town, enlivening the streetscape while reflecting the rhythmic facades and industrial craftsmanship of the street’s older buildings. The school’s identity reflects pride of place and the heart of industry that has served as the foundation of the town for decades.

The first new high school in Allegany County in decades, Mountain Ridge High School had a lot to live up to. Designed to serve as home base for the consolidation of Frostburg’s two former high schools, Mountain Ridge must honor the legacy of its place while reframing the character of each school into a new identity.

Constructed on a phased occupied site, Mountain Ridge nestles into the surrounding mountainous topography. The school is organized around a 3-story skylit central core, from which the gym, auditorium, cafeteria and media center radiate on various levels. This central core serves as the bridge between the school’s public and private spaces. The academic cluster includes light-filled classrooms with views to the surrounding mountainous landscape.