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Morris Campus

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Bronx high school that fed creative culture

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Borough : Bronx
Neighborhood : Morrisania
Institution, Education

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Written by Jennifer Rajotte for Place Matters

Academic institutions are often physical and social pillars of a community, where young minds are developed and the next generations of leaders are formed. In the Bronx, the Morris School Campus seemingly reflects its hallowed mission through its exquisite Gothic Revival architecture. Where better to instill youth—and a community—with the promise of the future than a grand building, standing collegiate and proud for over a century?

Founded in 1897 as Peter Cooper High, it was the first high school built in the Bronx and one of the original New York City Public High Schools. The campus was designed by C.B.J. Snyder, a leader in school architectural transformation who served as Superintendent of School Buildings during its construction. To Snyder, a school building was more than just a building that housed a school: it was a civic monument, meant to reflect the aspirations of...

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Morris Campus which now houses four schools is the former Morris High School, which is over 100 years old, and was the first public school in the Bronx. The building and its auditorium are landmarked. It is in the heart of Morrisania on Boston Road, where there was once a big jazz scene in the Bronx. The school was also the heart of the Morrisania doo wop scene. The Chords ("Sh-Boom") attended the school. (October 2014)

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