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October 26, 2017
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Patrick Henry Arts, Media and Entertainment Center & Production Studios

The Patrick Henry High School Arts, Media & Entertainment Center and Production Studios (PHAME) is a comprehensive revitalization project seeking to transform the community through collaborative use. The scope includes the addition of a 509-seat Performing Arts Theater and California Career Technical Education funded learning spaces. With plans to provide joint usage with local, private and community college theater and orchestra groups, the Center grants students direct access to professional practice, sparking a much needed district desire for applied learning in the arts. The theater holds full capability to house both musical and theatrical venues. Another major component of PHAME, the Production Studios, are equipped with traditional and digital design and fabrication facilities allowing students and local groups alike to utilize the most current performing arts technology, and provides useful infrastructure for future growth in the arts.


High performance has played a major role in the design of PHAME, both in the technology it houses and in the centers building design as well. The building design currently exceeds qualification of CHPS, California’s high performance school initiative. LED lighting throughout the entire complex, and the use of local and recycled materials clearly makes it the most efficient building on campus, and has helped to set the standard for future expansion.


As an expression of PHAME’s digital fabrication capabilites, the proscenium wall/stage opening has incorporated contemporary technology with an historical twist. The Pantages Theater, a local, and since demolished historical theater from the late ‘20’s, has served as the inspiration for this important theater element. Its rich embellishment, so crucial to the architectural language of the day,  is reinterpretated through digital means into the front face of the stage, and allows a bit of history to relive through the filter of today.


This project has been developed along with a whole site modernization and new athletic facilities. Funded by Prop S, Prop Z and love from local community, the Patrick Henry High School Arts, Media & Entertainment Center and Production Studios will become the gateway not only to the campus, but to the growth of dramatic arts in this community.

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  • Project Address:

    Patrick Henry High School, 6702 Wandermere Drive, San Diego, CA 92120

    Project Owner/Developer:

    San Diego Unified School District

    Owner Contact Name/Email:

    Lee Dulgeroff at ldulgeroff@sandi.net

    Project Architect/Designer:

    PJHM Architects


  • Estefany

    Beautiful building!
    The canopy looks great, and at night when most of the performances happen it looks fantastic.
    Great for students’ motivation!

  • drew

    Wonderful center & teaching opportunity!

  • jlm

    Wow – this building is not only stunning in its own right, but it thoroughly transforms the whole school campus. Not to mention it creates a space that allows students to pursue their passions in a meaningful way. Beauty and function.

  • Jaime Christopher

    This area definitely needed this regional resource! My favorite part is the ability for students to have access to professional practice and real world skills.

  • Karen S. Kostelnik

    Lovely building!

  • Selina Cook Kostelnik

    This structure is very appealing to my sense of feeling, my sense of vision, my sense of touch, and my sense of hearing within it!

  • Mason McCarthy

    Great work!

  • Chenoa Turner

    Not many high schools are lucky to have such resources at their disposal…this will be great for the kids and the community!

  • Ahmad Mohseni

    Very attractive, dramatic and functional building. Love it.

  • paulwblanchard

    Referencing the old Pantages Theater around the stage is one of my favorite parts.

  • Anas Anas

    Such an amazing form reflecting the function successfully … Love it!

  • Ofelia Soriano

    Love it!

  • Bonnie Benton

    Inspired! By the history, but also by the unlimited possibilities for expression! Exactly what students need. It’s Great!

  • khn

    Landmark architectiure! What an extraordinary project! This is a game changer for the community!

  • Ruben Alejandre

    Love that front entrance!!

  • randy long

    Beautiful theatre! I can only imagine how inspiring this structure is to the students.

  • Thom Cummins

    Decades late, but worth it!

  • legolas666

    This beautiful building will easily become the heart of this campus and the community. It easily rivals professional theater venues throughout San Diego County. The exterior architecture/glass gives a professional air to all performances, exciting the senses and creating a feeling of positive anticipation to all performances. The seats are very comfortable, and a good view of the stage is available from all sections. The drought tolerant landscaping integrates well with the building, with plenty of outdoor pre-show seating areas. The plentiful use of glass amplifies the expansive feeling of the venue, and brings the outdoors inside. The nighttime lighting accentuates the building/landscape, and creates a beckoning festiveness to those who pass by. The integrated production facilities and meeting rooms, including computer and multi-media design labs, costume department, set creation facilities, a green screen broadcast studio, a green room, and other supportive rooms and offices make this a first-class project which will motivate generations of students to possibly pursue careers in the performing and theater production arts. I’m looking forward to attending future performances both from Patrick Henry students, and other community groups.

  • Nancy Prat

    Beautiful inside and out and amazing work from all those involved in getting this accomplished! So glad I had the opportunity to see my son perform here for his last year at PHHS.

  • Paulina Saucedo

    Stunning! Very warm and inviting!

  • Randall Carter

    Great design. Love the theater!

  • lookingforhonesty

    Beautiful addition to the Patrick Henry High School!

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  • Becky Ryan

    Such a gorgeous and impressive venue!

  • Kristina Pinto

    The Best!!

  • Lisa

    It’s such a beautiful venue. I watched as it was built little by little and couldn’t wait to see it completed. I sure wasn’t disappointed! Sound quality inside is amazing as well!

  • San Diego Dreamin’

    Hard to believe this is a high school! The exterior architecture is jaw-dropping, particularly at night and the interior lobby is down right ethereal. The acoustics in the concert hall? You could hear a pin drop and then tell which way it bounced. PHAME! is a gift not just to the school, but to the entire surrounding community. PJHM Architects and San Diego Unified outdid themselves!

  • Ant Bonilla

    Beautiful from outside to stunning sound inside. Holistic design!

  • S.Bucknam

    Awesome design, cantilever entry especially unique; creates and inviting entrance to the venue!

  • Ivonne Soto

    outstanding venue for PHHS and community!

  • Erin Smith Frye

    Beautiful and provides much needed artisic program to our youth!

  • Crystal Carter

    Great addition to the campus, I like the high ceilings in the lobby – Good job!

  • anonymus

    Not enough money for textbooks and student supplies, this is absurd.

  • Gladys Roby

    Dramatic and compelling inside and out! No detail has been spared to give the students a stunning and professional stage to display their talents This is a heart warming example of how a community pitched in wholeheartedly to produce a lasting gift for their students.

  • Drew Hubbell

    wonderful space & great learning opportunity!

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