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Are lockers obsolete? John Dale comments in Minneapolis Star Tribune

February 2, 2016

Are lockers obsolete? John Dale comments in Minneapolis Star Tribune

With the advent of new technology like iPads and laptops, and with more and more high schoolers using backpacks, are lockers in high schools still necessary?

John Dale, Principal and Studio Leader, Pre K-12 + Community Education Studio and Chair of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education, comments in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Below is an excerpt. 

Lockers can be pricey investments. In a large installation, lockers could run from $50 for a basic one to $100 for a heavy-duty unit like an athletic locker, said John Dale, an architect at Harley Ellis Devereaux in Los Angeles and the chairman of the committee on architecture for education for the American Institute of Architects.

Inventive high school designs are starting to mirror college environments, which don’t feature lockers, architect Dale said.

“The differences are starting to be a little subtler where the districts are progressive and they’re prepared to say, ‘Yes, these should be inspiring environments for students to hang out and learn and socialize,’ ” he said.

Read the entire story on Minneapolis Star Tribune's website.