Garfield High School is a public, comprehensive high school founded in 1925 in East Los Angeles. The classroom and administration buildings surround a circular quad and outdoor classroom, which serve as both the main entrance to the campus, and the forecourt to the new 1,300-seat auditorium theatre. Classrooms are accessed from an exterior communal learning area, designed with flexible configurations adaptable to a range of teaching styles. The classroom building is oriented to allow for diffused north-facing light in the interiors. Community involvement played a key role, with local artists involved in creating the murals, including a large mural paying homage to the late Jaime Escalante.
The original auditorium, constructed in 1924, was badly damaged by arson in 2007. The goal of the auditorium replacement was to combine the essence of the historic building with twenty-first century performing arts capability, while retaining its role as a center of activity for the East Los Angeles community. The team of gkkworks and John Sergio Fisher & Associates created the new auditorium, replicating the paneled ceiling, chandeliers, wood seating, and trim features. The result is an auditorium with a new acoustical system for music, theatre, and dance, and a space that is adaptable for a range of functions.