Thursday, May 5, 2011

Celebrating Clifton Park High

Image Number PP30.152 [now part of PP8] Hughes Studio Photograph Collection, 
This image of the cornerstone laying at Clifton High School in 1924 is more interesting when one considers the events preceding this ceremony, including a scandal about the substitution of sub-standard construction materials and public outcry over the school's location close to a busy traffic corridor on Harford Road at 25th Street.

Architect's Rendering

Accession Number P75-54-1481g, Hughes Company Glass Negatives Collection,
Courtesy of the Photography Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
An architect's wash drawing shows plans for Forest Park School #69 in the West Arlington area of the city.  On January 18, 1922, the Baltimore Sun reported that 14.5 acres had been purchased between West Forest Park and Arlington for the new school, designed to accommodate 2,000 pupils and to relieve overcrowding at nearby school #64.  This  location actually straddled the boundary between the old city and newly annexed areas.  The building's cornerstone was laid by Mayor Broening at a ceremony on May 7, 1923.