Glendale High School has a long history going back to September, 1901, when two teachers began holding classes for 29 students in the dining room of the Glendale Hotel. At the time, Glendale was still a small country village. Glendale High's most famous alumnus is Marion Morrison from the Class of 1925. He would become the legendary actor John Wayne. While at GHS, Morrison (who was nicknamed "Duke") was the senior class president, a star football player, and the sports editor of the school newspaper.
Today the school has over 100 teachers, an enrollment of 3,500, and occupies a modern campus with athletic fields, stadium, aquatic facilities, and a 1,500 seat auditorium with the capacity to mount touring Broadway shows, concerts, and dance performances.
MLA worked with GHS staff to control excess reverberation in the room and provide a design that was aesthetically pleasing. The project offered complex challenges due to the wide variety of performance types offered in the theater.