Furness High School

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Horace Furness Junior High School
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Horace Furness Junior High School detail, May 2010
Furness High School is located in Pennsylvania
Furness High School
Location 1900 S. Third St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 39°55′26″N 75°09′03″W / 39.9238°N 75.1508°W / 39.9238; -75.1508Coordinates: 39°55′26″N 75°09′03″W / 39.9238°N 75.1508°W / 39.9238; -75.1508
Area 2 acres (0.81 ha)
Built 1914
Built by Cramp & Co.
Architect Richards, Henry deCourcy
Architectural style Late Gothic Revival, Other, Academic Gothic
Governing body Local
MPS Philadelphia Public Schools TR
NRHP Reference # 86003286[1]
Added to NRHP December 1, 1986

Horace Howard Furness High School is a secondary (9th-12th) school in South Philadelphia. It is part of the School District of Philadelphia.[2]

Portions of South Philadelphia (including Bella Vista) are zoned to Furness.[3] A section of Center City, including Society Hill and Old City, is zoned to Furness for high school.[4]


It was originally named Horace Furness Junior High School. It was designed by Henry deCourcy Richards and built by Cramp & Co. in 1914. It is a four-story, rectangular, reinforced concrete building clad in brick and terra cotta in the Late Gothic Revival-style. It features an oversized arched entryway, blind panels, terra cotta quoining, and a brick parapet.[5] It was named for Shakespearean scholar Horace Howard Furness (1833-1912).

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Horace Furness Junior High School in 1986.[1]


SEPTA routes 29, 57 and 79 serve Furness.[6]

School uniforms[edit]

Furness requires its students to wear school uniforms. Students may wear a gray shirt that must have a collar on it with black pants.[7]

Feeder patterns[edit]

K-8 schools feeding into Furness include Andrew Jackson School, Eliza Butler Kirkbride School, General George A. McCall School, William M. Meredith School, George W. Nebinger School, George Sharswood School, John H. Taggart School, Abigail Vare School, and George Washington School.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "SCHOOL'S FINALLY OUT FOR SUMMER STUDENTS." Philadelphia Inquirer. August 8, 1986. B01.
  3. ^ "Horace Furness High School Geographic Boundaries." School District of Philadelphia. Retrieved on October 4, 2011.
  4. ^ Where the Graduates Go." McCall School. Retrieved on November 9, 2008.
  5. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System.  Note: This includes unknown (n.d.). "Pennsylvania Historic Resource Survey Form: Horace Furness Junior High School" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-07-03. 
  6. ^ a b "A Directory of High Schools for 2009 Admissions." School District of Philadelphia. Accessed November 6, 2008.
  7. ^ "School Uniform Requirements." School District of Philadelphia.

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