R. L. Turner High School in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District is the district's oldest high school. Constructed in 1959, the school was home to many Carrollton and Famers Branch residents. With the 2018 bond passage, Turner is getting some major improvements. And one improvement might stand out above the rest with Turner alumni across the country.
The most popular improvement completed last month at the school is not noticeable when you first arrive at the building. Located at the heart of R. L. Turner, the big courtyard overlooking first and second-floor classrooms had major renovations done. Students and faculty will now be able to use the courtyard as a getaway from the school's hustle and bustle.
The courtyard renovations at R. L. Turner High School are remarkable. The main courtyard was laid with synthetic, durable turf to allow students and staff to use the space during all seasons throughout the school year. Other landscaping improvements include trees and rock gardens to add to the aesthetic.
Another major improvement to the area is the covered perimeter that wraps around the entire courtyard. A collaboration space was also constructed at the north end of the courtyard for classes for projects and collaboration spaces. The collaboration space has windows that overlook the renovated courtyard.
Many clubs and student organizations have adopted the courtyard in the past to keep it clean. The large square footage made it difficult to care for the landscaping and common areas. With the improvements, the courtyard space will be easier to maintain and can be enjoyed by all.
Students at R. L. Turner got their first glance at the newly renovated courtyard when they returned from their winter break on January 5, 2021. Dr. Adam Grinage, Principal at R. L. Turner, has stated that the courtyard will be open for students and staff for the remainder of the school year and beyond.
You can learn more about the exciting renovations at R.L. Turner and other bond campus construction at www.cfbbond.com.