Manhattan Trade School for Girls

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The Manhattan Trade School for Girls was a New York City public high school founded in 1902. At this time it was the only vocational school in the city for female students. It was originally established by philanthropic reformers whose intent was to find a means of providing training for young women to work in trades such as garment factory work. The school was originally located on West 14th Street, but moved to East 23rd Street in 1906-1907. To accommodate growing demand, a new building was constructed and designed by C. B. J. Snyder in 1915 at 127 East 22nd Street.[1] The building now houses The School of the Future, a New York City public middle school and high school.


The following photographs of activities at the Manhattan Trade School for Girls date to 1916:


A documentary film was made about the school in 1911.[2] The film is available on DVD from Image Entertainment as part of the box set Treasures III: Social Issues in American Film, 1900-1934


  1. ^ "Proposed Historic District Extension study". Gramercy Neighborhood Associates, Inc. August 31, 1998. Retrieved March 1, 2010. 
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Coordinates: 40°44′21″N 73°59′07″W / 40.7391°N 73.9853°W / 40.7391; -73.9853