George Washington High School – San Francisco CA

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George Washington High School in San Francisco was built with the help of Public Works Administration (PWA) funding. It was completed in 1937.  

“This building was constructed to reduce overcrowded conditions in other senior high schools. It has 39 classrooms, boys’ and girls’ gymnasiums, a large auditorium with stage, a small music hall with platform and sloping floor, numerous special service rooms for sewing, cooking, bookkeeping, and other subjects.” (Short and Stanley-Brown, p 240)

The high school was part of a larger funding ‘docket’ from the PWA covering 12 elementary and high-school buildings in San Francisco.  The construction cost of Washington High School was approximately $782,302 out of $2,997,302 for all 12 schools.  (Short and Stanley-Brown, p. 240).

Built as part of School Bond Issue 12.19.1933 $3 million (G.O.)

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Source notes

National Archives and Records Administration Box 386, Reel 4604-4605

Short, C. W. and Stanley-Brown, R. 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. Washington, D.C.: U.S. G.P.O., 1939.

Project originally submitted by Brent McKee on October 7, 2011.
Additional contributions by Richard Walker.

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Location Info

600 32nd Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121

Coordinates: 37.777791, -122.491762

One comment on “George Washington High School – San Francisco CA

  1. Robert Cote

    We are about to lose a piece of this history.

    They are going to paint over the mural inside because it offends modern sensibilities. I thought only the Taliban and fascist regimes destroyed their history because current leaders are offended.

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