Technical High School (Omaha, Nebraska)

Technical High School (Omaha, Nebraska)

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Technical High School (Omaha, Nebraska)

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Technical High School was a public high school that was located at 3215 Cuming Street in Omaha, Nebraska. Opened in 1923, the school was said to be the largest high school west of Chicago. It was the largest in the Omaha area before it was closed in 1984. Today the building serves as the headquarters of Omaha Public Schools.

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The five-winged building and large athletic field occupied 3 city blocks between Burt and Cuming Streets, from 30th to 33rd Streets in North Omaha. The new school opened on October 15, 1923, with nearly 2,400 pupils. By 1940 enrollment had reached 3,684.

As a high school focused on technical education, Tech had many amenities designed to teach students in specific areas. For athletics, there were 2 large gymnasiums and a swimming pool, which was for many years the only pool in any Omaha public school. The roof of the building featured a deck with a canopy that housed an exercise area.

For home economics there was an entire floor dedicated to classrooms. There were extensive wood and metal shops, as well as scientific laboratories, and a greenhouse. The building had 124 rooms. As early as 1947, there were 2,700 students and 100 teachers. Developed with high academic standards the school was a forerunner in vocational high schools by offering students that largely choose not to continue on to college the opportunity to learn a trade or profession.

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