Sauk Rapids-Rice High School

About this Project

Sauk Rapids is a small town located on the rapids of the Mississippi River near the confluence of the Sauk River.  The first settlers arrived in 1851 and by 1886 Sauk Rapids was one of the most important cities in Minnesota.  The town was on its way to greatness until it was leveled in 1886 when a cyclone swept through leveling all the businesses.

Cavalier Hotel Skylight
Skylight over pool Cavalier

While the damage was a setback, the city has flourished and with a population of over 13K, it’s a nice place to live, work and go to school.  The Sauk Rapids-Rice High School was newly built in 2003 and serves 1200 students.  As part of the high school, Crystal Structures built a lean-to greenhouse that looks out onto the Minnesota prairie. The greenhouse measures approximately 21′ x 15′.

In the greenhouse, students are able to grow plants despite the seasonal changes. They are able to create science projects to study how plants thrive. The greenhouse is an essential part of any STEM curriculum.