Simon Kenton High School – Independence KY


"A careful study by the school officials of the inadequate school facilities of Kenton County resulted in the construction of two identical high-school buildings, one of which is considered on this page.

The Independence High School is 2 stories and a basement in height and includes 15 classrooms, a gymnasium, an auditorium, a cafeteria, study hall, library, and the necessary administrative offices.

The building has a frontage of 243 feet and is of fireproof construction. The exterior walls are brick with limestone trim.

The project was completed in December 1937 at a construction cost of $418,153 and a project cost of $456,978."
(Short and Brown)

"On June 19, 1935, an application was made to the Public Works Administration for funds to erect a new building. A site of 23 acres one-half mile south of Independence was selected and a deed for the same was signed on November 2, 1935. Later 5.5 more acres were purchased on which to build a lake for furnishing a water supply for the school. On December 6, 1935, contracts were let for the erection of the new building (above). The Madison Pike project would cost $175,606.85 and it would house $75,000 worth of the latest in technology. On October 22, 1936, the Kenton County Board of Education named the Madison Pike school Simon Kenton High School. Simon Kenton was dedicated on Sunday September 5, 1937, and opened the doors for pupils on September 13, 1937. The enrollment for the first year was 496."

Project Details

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Source notes

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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Location Info

11132 Madison Pike
Independence, KY 41051

Location notes:

Coordinates: 38.924328, -84.544392

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