Kensington High School

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Kensington High School
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Address
319 Suffolk Street
Kensington
Buffalo, New York, Erie, 14215
United States United States
Information
Type Public
Opened 1937
Status Closed
Closed 2003
School district Buffalo Public Schools
School number 203
Grades 9-12
Color(s) Green and Gold          
Team name Knights
Yearbook The Compass

Kensington High School is a former high school located in Buffalo, New York. Named for the Kensington neighborhood it is located in, the building is located at 319 Suffolk Street in Buffalo. It currently serves as home to the Frederick Law Olmsted School at Kensington.[1]

History[edit]

Kensington High School is one of three Art Deco buildings in the City of Buffalo.[1] The building was constructed in the 1930s and opened in 1937, operating for 67 years. The school was closed in 2003 due to a myriad of reasons including poor academic performance, a high concentration of students in poverty, the threat of take over from New York State, increasing student violence, as well as the school district's financial crisis.[1][2][3]

In the years that followed, Kensington housed adult GED and vocational classes, and was one of the locations for Buffalo's Opportunity Program, an alternative school service for suspended students,[1] as well as the temporary home of Hutchinson Central Technical High School while it was renovated from 2005-2007. It was later announced that the building would be the home for Olmsted High School. Olmsted was operated at Kensington from 2007-2010 before the building was renovated by LPCiminelli from 2010-2012. In Fall 2012, Kensington reopened to Olmsted students.

Kensington was also home to the Buffalo Academy of Science and Math, a small magnet high school, from 1989-1993 when it was moved to Riverside High School.[4]

Former principals[edit]

Previous assignment and reason for departure denoted in parenthesis


Kensington Prep[edit]

Kensington Prep
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Address
1409 East Delavan Avenue
Schiller Park
Buffalo, New York, Erie, 14215
United States United States
Information
Type Public
Opened 1987
Closed 1993
Grades 9

From 1987-1993, Kensington High had a satellite school, "Kensington Prep" for its ninth graders, in an effort to provide a structured atmosphere for its freshmen and attract more Caucasian students.[12] The school was located at the former Archbishop Carroll High School at 1409 East Delavan Avenue, and offered enriched programs in mathematics, sciences, and computers.[13] The school was closed in 1993, and 9th graders returned to Kensington.[14]

Former principals[edit]

Previous assignment and reason for departure denoted in parentheses

  • Ms. Yvonne Hargrave–1987-1990 (Assistant Principal - Kensington High School, named Principal of Kensington High School)
  • Ms. Barbara A. Schnell–1990 (Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services - Buffalo Public Schools, named Interim Principal of Hutchinson Central Technical High School)
  • Mrs. Doris H. Erickson–1990-1991 (Principal - South Park Prep, reitred)
  • Mr. Gerald H. Hesson–1991-1992 (Principal - Buffalo Alternative High School, retired)
  • Mr. Gerald D. Pope [interim]–1992-1993 (Assistant Principal - Kensington High School, named Assistant Principal of Buffalo Traditional School)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Olmsted seniors' homecoming brief, bittersweet. (2012, June 22). The Buffalo News. Retrieved from http://www.buffalonews.com/city/communities/buffalo/article914899.ece
  2. ^ a b Simon, P. (2003, April 17). Kensington high will close after this year. The Buffalo News, p. A1.
  3. ^ Simon, P., & Warner, G. (2003, April 18). School's closing halts a proud legacy. The Buffalo News, p. A1.
  4. ^ Hammersley, M. (1993, September 6). Changes in store for Buffalo schools . The Buffalo News, p. TRK
  5. ^ McDonnell, P. (2012, November 1). The Frederick Law Olmsted school at Kensington-Buffalo's other art deco building. Retrieved from http://www.buffalorising.com/2012/11/the-frederick-law-olmsted-school-at-kensington-buffalos-other-art-deco-building.html
  6. ^ Angelo J. Gianturco , Ex-principal in Buffalo district - March 1, 1921 -- Aug. 28, 2009. (2009, August 29). The Buffalo News, p. D5.
  7. ^ Cardinale, A. (1997, August 31). Mark Balen's latest coup nets school board catbird seat. The Buffalo News, p. C1.
  8. ^ a b Hammersly, M. (1990, August 8). Fisher will head school board. The Buffalo News, p. TRK.
  9. ^ Racz, G. N. (1995, January 15). Great Expectations: Robert Barton's grand vision for Kensington High. The Buffalo News, p. E1.
  10. ^ a b c Sapong, E. D. (2001, November 23). Kensington High blames principal for woes. The Buffalo News, p. C2.
  11. ^ Simon, P. (2002, July 23). Charter school plan poses fiscal concern. The Buffalo News, p. B1.
  12. ^ Hammersley, M. (1992, July 31). Board member backs school consolidation. The Buffalo News
  13. ^ Hammersley, M. (1991, September 20). Slaying spurs search for answers at school. The Buffalo News, p. A9.
  14. ^ Hammersley, M. (1993, September 6). Changes in store for buffalo schools. The Buffalo News

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