Staplin Performing Arts Center


Home is where the art is! The Staplin Performing Arts Center celebrated its grand opening on Nov. 16, 2014, and its dedication on Nov. 12, 2015, It is quickly becoming a centerpiece of the WDMCS community. Conceived as a home for arts in the community, the facility was designed and built with audiences in mind, using state-of-the art equipment and acoustics to keep audiences comfortable and draw them into performances.

The Staplin Center’s impressive offerings include:

  • 1,136 fixed audience seats
  • 42-foot by 100-foot stage area
  • 50-foot by 24-foot proscenium opening
  • Motorized orchestra pit lift
  • 74 linear feet of makeup room counter/mirror space

“This facility will be home to many, first and foremost our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Lisa Remy at the grand opening. “We want it to be a place for (all our students) to see as home, a space they can utilize for performances. We also know it is a space for our community, a location for use by community groups who need a venue for their activities. I can see a great partnership between our schools and the community.”

The $15 million Staplin Performing Arts Center is the culmination of a $66 million three-phase construction project at Valley High School that began in 2011. The key components of the project are the Staplin Performing Arts Center; a three-story addition with new science labs, a FEMA-standard storm shelter, family consumer science classrooms and the cafeteria; and updated special education, multimedia, journalism, and radio classrooms.

The Weitz Company was the Project Manager for the Staplin Center. Eric Simon, and then Dan Solem, led the construction.

The Staplin Performing Arts Center was dedicated to Dr. Phyllis Staplin on Nov. 12, 2015. She served as an educator in the West Des Moines Community Schools for 33 years, and she continues to be a driving force for the arts and education. She retired as a Director of Curriculum in 2012.