Olathe Mill Creek Learning Campus

USD 233 Olathe Public Schools

As an historic educational cornerstone in downtown Olathe, Kansas, McCownGordon transformed the Olathe Public School’s Mill Creek Learning Campus from three separate dilapidated buildings into a thriving educational campus. The new Learning Campus houses several of the district’s programs including: Assisted Transportation, Choices, Community Development, Extended Absences Learning, Health services, Hope, Off Campus Learning, Olathe Public Schools, Foundation, Parents as Teachers, Soar, Step Up and Stride. The consolidation of these educational programs in the same facility with support services, provides the district with untapped synergies that provide significant positive collaboration.

Stone (Rock) School was first opened on the site in 1868, followed by the Red Brick School, which opened in 1898. John P. St. John Memorial High School was built in 1927 and served as a high school until 1958. Then the facility was repurposed and renamed Olathe Junior High School and Millbrooke Junior High School to serve middle school aged students. More recently the building served as the Johnson County Vocational School.

McCownGordon’s renovation included a complete overhaul of the existing John P. St. John High School classrooms, auditorium, kitchen and support spaces. The auditorium incorporates new terraced seating and the classrooms feature the latest in technology to promote 21st-century learning, while still maintaining the essence of the 1920s facility.

The team also fully renovated the Annex, built in 1961, to house the commons and health, foundation and community development spaces. The existing 1968 gymnasium has been transformed into classroom, storage, locker room and transportation spaces.

The new three-story building addition serves as the main vertical circulation between the high school and the annex and provides the connectivity that brings the campus to life. It includes the main administration suite, restrooms and kitchen space. The building was designed by Hollis + Miller Architects and includes an exterior of terracotta and metal panel rain screen system, structural steel interior framing, and a combination of VRF and RTU mechanical system.

News: Historic Olathe school building getting $16 million upgrade

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It has not only created new opportunities and synergies, but has also breathed new life into the buildings that are a cherished part of our past. This is an exciting time for the life of downtown Olathe. The Mill Creek campus is a unique and special synergy for downtown and our community. Preserving our rich history and preparing new generations of students for the future. Its presence will bring new opportunities and help spur additional growth ensuring downtown remains among Olathe’s most treasured places now and the years to come. And now it has been reborn and will continue to contribute to the health and legacy of our community as well as the vibrancy of our downtown.

Project Type


  • Safety
  • Collaborative Delivery
  • Building Information Modeling
  • Preconstruction


Olathe, KS

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