With the oldest sections of the school built in the late 1800s, Somerville High School is one of the oldest secondary schools in New England that has not undergone extensive renovation. In 2015, City and School officials determined there was a more urgent need for review and research on renovation or rebuilding needs due to several important factors, including the potential for the school to lose its accreditation, building and structural issues, and high energy consumption.
The Somerville High School Building Committee was convened in September 2015 to identify the educational plan and an associated facility that would meet the needs of the 21st century learning environment. The committee reviewed options for renovation or replacement of the current school that would support that proposed educational plan. Those options included: base repair, full renovation, addition/renovation, new construction at the existing site, or new construction at another site. Following discussion of nine proposed options, the SBC voted to submit one option for final review by the Massachusetts School Building Authority, which was ultimately approved by the Board, the Mayor, and the Somerville City Council.