North Side Senior High School – McKinley

The Fort Worth Independent School District undertook a major building campaign of public schools during the Depression years, with several projects throughout the city financed by the Works Progress Administration to provide local relief work. Wiley G. Clarkson, a major Fort Worth architect known for his successful adaptions of period designs for school and other public and private structures, was chosen to design the North Side High School. Unlike his usual compositions, here Clarkson did not use a historic style but he chose to design the three-story edifice in the Moderne style. Of smooth, pale yellow brick with dark brown brick banding and cast-stone decorative trim, the symmetrical facade is broken into five parts: a central projecting entry bay surmounted by a low, pyramidal roof is flanked by two long wings with projecting bays at each end. The interior features glazed tile work and an auditorium with original ornament and fixtures. The school faces southwest from its bluff-top site, overlooking spacious park-like grounds planned by Hare & Hare and executed by the Civil Works Administration. Construction was by the firm of Harry B. Friedman. The school is eligible for inclusion in the proposed Public Schools National Register Thematic Group.

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