Pope John Paul II High School

The 155,000 sq. ft. high school serves a student body of 600. The core areas are designed to accommodate a future enrollment of 1,000 students with a simple pre-planned expansion to the classroom wing. Conceptually and functionally, the school revolves around the ellipse-shaped “piazza” or courtyard encircled by a loggia reminiscent of St. Peter’s Square in Rome.

While serving as the primary circulation space of the school, the loggia also provides a welcoming statement to the community at large with a high degree of visibility from the nearby Vietnam Veterans Parkway as well as an embracing feeling to the Chapel, which is in the center and focal point of the entire composition.


Diocese of Nashville


Hendersonville, Tennessee


155,000 SF



Tom Gatlin