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High School for the Practical Arts, Winthrop St., corner of Greenville St., Roxbury, Mass.

PC001.02.01.USMA.2540.0100.006 (RS318)


A view of the side and front façades of the High School of Practical Arts at 35 Greenville Street in Roxbury, Massachusetts. The school opened on December 1, 1913. It was designed by Julius Adolph Schweinfurth in the form of a central division with two side wings. The pediment of the entrance way is supported by two caryatids. Above the entrance are two Doric columns upholding a sculptural frieze of winged figures. A car is parked at the side of the building, and several people lean out of open windows. The school closed in 1954, at which point the building became the Girls' High School through 1974. From 1974 to 1981 it was the Roxbury High School, and from 1981 until 2013 it was the Henry Dearborn Middle School. More recently, the Middle School became the Dearborn STEM Early College Academy, although the STEM school has since moved out of the building.

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Collection Name
General photographic collection
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Physical Description
1 photograph
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Additional Identification Number
DigitalID: 000318
AccessID: 495
Other identifier: HNEDID-000318
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Record details

Clark, William T. (photographer)
Other People
Schweinfurth, Julius, 1858-1931
Other Organizations
Boston Public Schools
Descriptive Terms
Classical Revival (European revival style)
Doric (architectural style)
columns (architectural elements)
exterior views
friezes (ornamental areas)
high schools (buildings)
home economics
public buildings
Material Type
black-and-white prints (photographs)
Architectural photography
Greenville Street (Roxbury, Boston, Mass.)
Winthrop Street (Roxbury, Boston, Mass.)
teenage girls
Roxbury (Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts) [neighborhood]
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Location Note
Geo.: Large: Mass.: Roxbury: Modern: Public and Commercial Buildings: Unmounted


The High School of Practical Arts #

AvatarPosted by Elaine M on September 7, 2014
The school closed in 1954, not 1945. In 1954 it became the home of Girls' High School until 1974. Then it became Roxbury High School until 1981. From then until 2013 it housed the Henry Dearborn Middle School. In 2013 the school's reconfiguration into the Dearborn 6-12 STEM Early College Academy was approved and grade 9 was added. In 2014, adding grade 10, the school was temporarily moved to the 4th floor of Burke High School, until construction of the new STEM building is completed.

RE: The High School of Practical Arts #

AvatarPosted by Abigail Cramer on September 12, 2014
Hello Elaine,

Thank you for providing us with this additional information about the school building. I have updated the record, as you can now see, to reflect that information.

Again, many thanks,
Abigail Cramer
Historic New England

High School of Practical Arts Roxbury #

AvatarPosted by Lorraine Wheeler, J. D., M.U.A. Resident Moreland St. Historic District on February 28, 2015
To the great dismay of Roxbury residents, 1,100 + have signed a preservation petition, the City of Boston unilaterally slated the High School of Practical Arts building for demolition. Known as the Dearborn, the school building borders two Federal Register Historic Districts. Community residents made a commitment to saving the building. In Jan. 2015, the Mass. Historic Commission directed the City of Boston, demolition proponents, to prepare an analysis of alternatives to demolition and reuse of the building as part of the legal requirements of the Mass. School Building Authority (MSBA) and Mass. Historic Commission (MHC) . See the 02/09/ Boston Globe .

Dearborn School #

AvatarPosted by David on August 29, 2015
Thank you so much for posting this article about this school. My father graduated from a school called "Dearborn" in Roxbury in 1946. It turns out that there are two historic school buildings within blocks of each other that bear the same name. Until I came to your article I couldn't figure out which one he attended. Now I know that while he was at the one on 25 Ambrose St. The one in this article was a girl's high school.

High School for the Practical Arts #

AvatarPosted by Andrea Taylor-Blenis on December 19, 2016
I am looking for more information. My aunt graduated from the school in 1933. They continued having reunions into the 80's and I have material from many of the reunions. Where do I bring the material and what has happened to the planning of the building?