The school takes a place next to the country's other so-called "Taj Mahal" schools, which all came at a cost of more than $100 million. (The real Taj Mahal, by comparison, cost an estimated 62 million Indian rupees to build at the time, which comes to about $687,286 American, not adjusted for inflation.) Below, Surge Desk takes a look at these costly centers of learning.
1. Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, Los Angeles
- Price: $578 million
- Students: 4,200
- Size: 452,000 square feet
- Amenities: Fine art murals, marble memorial, swimming pool, 19,000-square-foot public park
2. Edward R. Roybal Learning Center, Los Angeles
- Price: $377 million
- Students: 2,500
- Size: 310,000 square feet
- Amenities: Dance studio with cushioned floor, triple gym, 418 underground parking spaces
3. Central No. 9 Visual and Performing Arts High School, Los Angeles
- Price: $232 million
- Students: 1,700
- Size: 238,000 square feet
- Amenities: 950-seat performing arts center, three dance studios, 300-car garage, ceiling-mounted projectors in each classroom, outdoor atrium for Japanese raku pottery.
4. Newtown North High School, Newtonville, Mass.
- Price: $200 million
- Students: 1,865
- Size: 413,000 square feet
- Amenities: Swimming pool, climbing wall, television studio
5. New Brunswick High School, New Brunswick, N.J.
- Price: $185 million
- Students: 1,300
- Size: 400,000 square feet
- Amenities: Rooftop solar panels, state-of-the-art lighting for four athletic fields, Internet-connected "Smart boards" instead of blackboards.