South Philadelphia High School Cafeteria
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - In the mid-1990′s The Philadelphia School District selected KDA Architects (then, Kanalstein Danton Associates P.A.) to transform the South Philadelphia High School’s existing cafeteria into a food court-style dining facility. The district devised this project in order to review it as a prototype for the renovation of the cafeterias in each of the district’s high schools. The redesign was an attempt to address the problem of students leaving for lunch and not returning for the rest of the school day.
The existing cafeteria was demolished and the space was completely renovated with the serving, seating and finishes of a shopping mall food court. Another new feature of the dining was a closed circuit TV displaying menu selections and classroom scheduling for the students. Since the 1996 renovation of the cafeteria, we have been advised that 90% of students now stay for lunch as opposed to leaving for lunch and not returning to finish the school day.