Cupertino High School

New Student Union

Cupertino, CA

This project combined three elements of the school into one facility: the Administration & Guidance Student Services building, the library and the food service and café area.

The Student Union is a central gathering place used by the whole school population, similar to a junior college student union, as opposed to a dated and decentralized high school layout. Open to students all day, and used by the community during nights and summers, flexibility is a central programmatic theme. The building embraces the informal, collaborative and technology-based learning that is the core of Silicon Valley culture, creating a collegiate atmosphere and is the social and academic hub for the school.

Making a Difference
Similar to a collegiate Student Union Building, students at Cupertino High School enjoy a centralized gathering place that can be accessed all day and incorporates Administration, Guidance Student Services, Library and Cafeteria functions.
"The process of creating the Cupertino High School Student Union was as close to a perfect experience as I have had in my over 42 years as an educator. This building is Fremont Union High School District’s equivalent to the Statue of Liberty. It is what I wish all students could have when they come to school to learn."
- Polly Bove, Former Superintendent, Fremont UHSD

School District
Fremont Union High School District

32,976 sq.ft. (New Construction)

Completion Date
January 2014

Final Construction Cost


High School
New Construction
Student Union