P.J. Jacobs High School (now a junior high school) was built by Works Progress Administration (WPA) workers with Public Works Administration (PWA) money between 1936-1938. Until the 1970s it was the city’s only high school. A large, handsome sandstone building constructed in late Art Deco style, the school boasts stained glass windows depicting famous literary and scientific figures over several of the doorways, wide halls, exquisite golden oak wood paneling, marble window ledges, ceramic tiles representing the technology of the times, terrazzo stairs, and chandeliers that hang in the main entrance hallway. Outside, over one of the entrances, the word, “Opportunity,” is carved in stone.
Contributor's visit to site. Two handouts provide this contributor by the school secretary.
Project originally submitted by Sheila D. Collins on December 11, 2015.