Technical High School (Omaha, Nebraska)

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Technical High School
Address
3215 Cuming Street

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Information
TypePublic vocational education high school
Established1923
Closed1984
School districtOmaha Public Schools
Grades10, 11, 12
Enrollment3,684 (peak)
MascotTrojans
NicknameTech High
Website

Coordinates: 41°16′0.59″N 95°57′36.26″W / 41.2668306°N 95.9600722°W / 41.2668306; -95.9600722 Technical High School (Tech) was a public high school that was located at 3215 Cuming Street in Omaha, Nebraska, United States. Opened in 1923, the school was said to be the largest high school west of Chicago. It was the largest in the Omaha area before it was closed in 1984. Today the building serves as the headquarters of Omaha Public Schools.

About[edit]

The five-winged building and large athletic field occupied three city blocks between Burt and Cuming Streets, from 30th to 33rd Streets in North Omaha. The new school opened on October 15, 1923, with nearly 2,400 pupils. By 1940 enrollment had reached 3,684.[1]

As a high school focused on technical education, Tech had many amenities designed to teach students in specific areas. It had two large gymnasiums and a swimming pool, which was for many years the only pool in any Omaha public school. The roof of the building featured a deck with a canopy that housed an exercise area.

An entire floor was dedicated to classrooms for home economics. There were extensive wood and metal shops, as well as scientific laboratories and a greenhouse. The building had 124 rooms. As early as 1947, there were 2,700 students and 100 teachers. Developed with high academic standards, the school was a forerunner in vocational high schools by offering students who largely chose not to go to college the opportunity to learn a trade or profession.

There was a high school radio station at Tech in the 1920s, whose call letters were KFOX.

The auditorium at the school was built to accommodate 2600 people (legal seating capacity was listed at 2120). John Philip Sousa and his marching band appeared in October 1928. Cornelia Otis Skinner made her first high school appearance at Tech in January 1930. In November 1926 the Metropolitan Opera Company of New York gave a performance. Helen Hayes and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. also gave performances at Tech.[2]

In the 1960s the Black Association for Nationalism Through Unity was unsuccessful in starting a chapter at Tech, although one of its leaders became a student government official.[3]

Present[edit]

After the school closed in 1984, the building was completely renovated for use as the Omaha Public Schools' central office. It also serves as a home for the Career Center and Adult Education programs, serving over 700 students daily.[4]

Opera Omaha performed at Tech before they had facilities at the Orpheum Theater.[5]

Notable graduates[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (n.d.) History of Tech High. Gifford Park Neighborhood Association.
  2. ^ Gifford Park Neighborhood Ass't
  3. ^ United States Government Printing Office. (1971) United States Congressional Serial Set. p. 84.
  4. ^ (n.d.) About Technical High School
  5. ^ History of Opera Omaha. Archived 2007-07-03 at the Wayback Machine

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Related publications[edit]

  • Brookins, J. (1925) "Drama in a Technical High School," Peabody Journal of Education. 2(4) pp. 190–196