Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and for this week's Google Earth series, the beholder is Architectural Digest. In 2017, the publication chose the "most beautiful public school" in each state. MaxPreps has chosen 10 of those schools to feature.
Over the course of the past three months, MaxPreps has spanned the country looking for unique
campuses and extreme
locations. We've explored new
alma maters, schools involved in cinema
and even dived into the realm of make-believe with fictional campuses
Parkersburg (W. Va.)
Home to one of the winningest football programs in high school history. Parkersburg High School was reportedly built on a swamp, according to Architectural Digest.
John Handley (Winchester, Va.)
Named after the Judge who founded the school in 1922, John Handley is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
El Paso (Texas)
According to Architectural Digest, the school is built in a neoclassical style and is nicknamed the "Lady on the Hill." El Paso's football stadium was also one of the first concrete stadiums built in the United States.
Montgomery Central (Cunningham, Tenn.)
Built in 1968, Montgomery Central is built with the roof of several buildings touchdown down into a small lake that borders the school.
International Prep at Grover (Buffalo, N.Y.)
Originally part of the Grover Cleveland school that closed in 2011, International Prep School houses grades 5-12. The student body reportedly speaks over 40 languages.
City College (Baltimore)
Although it opened in 1839, the school did not adopt the gothic style until 1875, according to Architectural Digest. Known as the "Castle on the Hill," the tower constitutes the highest point in the Baltimore city limits.
This school is actually the newest on the list, built in 2004. The school chose Colonial Revival and Classical Revival design, according to the Architectural digest.
Hillsborough (Tampa, Fla.)
Originally established in the late 1880s, Hillsborough is one of the oldest high schools in the South. The current building, with its Gothic features, was built in 1928.
Central (Little Rock, Ark.)
One of the most famous schools in U.S. educational history, Central was the site of school integration in 1957 with the "Little Rock Nine." Originally established in 1869, the current facility was built in 1927.
Denver East (Denver)
The school was rebuilt in its current form in 1889 by a former student who was influenced by Philadelphia's Independence Hall, according to Architectural Digest.