McClatchy Senior High
From the school’s website: “Population growth in the city of Sacramento during the 1930s prompted the construction of the city’s second high school, C.K. McClatchy Senior High School. Funding to build the school came from local sources and the Public Works Administration, one of the New Deal programs instituted by President Franklin Roosevelt to stimulate the U.S. economy in the wake of the Great Depression.
The school was designed by the local architectural firm of Starks and Flanders, which had also designed other landmark buildings in the city including the Elks Temple, the U.S. Post Office, and the Courthouse all located in downtown Sacramento.
On May 20, 1937, local dignitaries and students from the city’s junior high schools gathered to watch the laying of the schools cornerstone which bears the name of C.K. McClatchy, the late editor and owner of The Sacramento Bee.
On September 19, 1937, the school was officially dedicated. Sitting on 30 acres, the school included a band room complete with soundproof practice rooms as well as dressing and music rooms near the auditorium. A nurses suite with bathrooms and a sun porch were also features of the new campus.
The school is an architectural hybrid. According to the application for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, CKM shares the pared down, stylized design typical of many PWA projects. Moderne in its massing and simplicity of line, it carries stylized elements of Classical Revival perhaps more accurately, Mannerist Revival architecture.”
From the Sac Old City blog: “The school is a long, two story building with a projecting center pavilion and two projecting sections on the south end and is constructed of reinforced concrete with a stucco facade and a low-pitched hipped Spanish tile roof. The whole building is topped with a decorative frieze which matches the frieze elements under the windows and above the doors. The building was placed on the National Register in the late 1990s in response to demolition of the WPA library building at Sacramento City Jr. College.”
McClatchy Senior High website Sac Old City blog (link broken 8/14/2016)
Project originally submitted by Gray Brechin on August 26, 2011.