Design Tech High School started classes in its new campus at Oracle headquarters in Redwood City on Tuesday, Jan. 9, becoming the first public school to operate on a corporate campus.
The $43 million, 64,000 square-foot campus at 275 Oracle Parkway enjoyed a ribbon-cutting for the free public charter school with 550 students. The sleek building includes a woodshop, electronics lab and fabrication labs as part of the mission to incorporate a high degree of technology into the school’s curriculum.
The school, which launched in 2014, had previously operated out of temporary campuses in Burlingame and Millbrae.
CEO Safra Catz greeted the school community Tuesday by calling the campus’ creation “one of the highlights of my life.”
The LEED project also included improvements to the Bay Trail and levee updates.
Oracle announced plans to build the campus in 2015, with CEO Safra Catz telling the New York Times that co-founder Larry Ellison had expressed the need for a “school where students can think.”
“Our support of d.tech reflects Larry’s vision for a unique high school founded on principles we believe in: innovation, creativity, problem-solving and design-thinking,” Catz told the Times.
This week, Design Tech — known as d.tech — announced that lottery registration runs now through Feb. 28 for 9th grade enrollment in 2018-19. Current 9th and 10th graders can also apply. Click here and then click on the Enrollment tab for more information.