Franklin K. Lane High School
Franklin K. Lane High School, located in the Cypress Hills neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, was constructed with the assistance of federal Public Works Administration funds during the 1930s (PWA Docket No. NY 8884-R).
Short and Stanley-Brown write: “This is one of the largest and most modern schools in New York City and has been highly rated by the Municipal Art Commission. It is in a residential district.
It contains the usual administrative offices, service rooms, 84 classrooms, library, commercial museum, 4 gymnasiums, rooms for social activity, homemaking, artcraft, 8 drawing rooms, a swimming pool, and an auditorium. The student capacity is 1,700. The construction is fireproof. Marble and Caen stone are used in the lobby and auditorium.
The building is 362 feet long by 284 feet wide, with a basement, four stories and penthouse, and is 82 feet high. It was completed in March 1938 at a construction cost of $3,274,867 and a project cost of $3,421,830.”
The school has had a tumultuous history. In the 1970s, the school was sued for racial imbalance and poor performance. After these issues were addressed by redistricting and redesign, the school saw a huge turnaround and was cited in national studies for its successes. By the early 2000s, however, the school’s quality had once again decline and violence had become a serious problem. The school was phased out between 2007 and 2012. The high school has since been divided into several “theme-based small learning communities”: The Academy of Innovative Technology, The Brooklyn Lab School, Cypress Hill Prep Academy, The Urban Assembly School for Collaborative Healthcare, and Multicultural High School.
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C.W. Short and R. Stanley-Brown. "Public Buildings: A Survey of Architecture of Projects Constructed by Federal and Other Governmental Bodies Between the Years 1933 and 1939 with the Assistance of the Public Works Administration." (1939).
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