Built in 2009, Hector P. Garcia Middle School is named after a courageous civil rights pioneer who changed social and political barriers for Mexican Americans. This 1,500 student/130 faculty middle school facility involved a seventy (70) foot drop in elevation across the site. The significant slope of the site greatly impacted the design of the new campus. By incorporating multiple levels in the cafetorium, every area was assured good viewing of the auditorium style stage. Furthermore, the outside courtyard was designed utilizing multilevel terracing creating easy line-of-sight for outdoor programs. The KNRG Architects’ design team took advantage of the opportunity that the natural slope offered.