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Huntington High School

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1915–1916, Verus T. Ritter. East side of 8th St. between 9th and 10th aves.
  • (West Virginia Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)
  • Huntington High School (Ed Wright)

This buff brick building with limestone and terra-cotta trim is typical of large public schools of its time in form and arrangement, but it rises above the norm with a monumental central pavilion with engaged columns approached by a divided flight of steps. Words of wisdom are carved in panels above the three arched entrances. Students entering through the lefthand door were advised, He Builds too Low Who Builds Beneath the Stars, and those going to the right were told, The Modern Majesty Consists in Work. Those choosing the center door were perhaps comforted with the admonition The Highest That We Can Attain to Is Not Knowledge but Sympathy with Intelligence. To the sides, pilasters divide ranks of coupled classroom windows.

Having served during most of the twentieth century as a high school, the building was remodeled to serve a new use during the twentyfirst. It now contains forty-two low-to-moderateincome housing units.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.

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