DeWitt Clinton High School
at Mosholu Parkway and Paul Avenue in the
Bronx, New York, March 2014. The school moved to this building from
Manhattan in 1929, so the building itself is not a New Deal project.
Clinton has an illustrious history[1,8,9] but like all public schools in New
York City, today it is under attack from politicians in State and Federal
government, who (at best) want to turn all public schools into test prep
academies and (at worst) totally privatize them, like our prisons.
Clinton's principal, former NYC deputy schools chancellor Santiago Taveras
(Santi), is fighting to turn it back into what it was before all the
cutbacks and “reforms”. Update 2016: Principal
Taveras was demoted and removed from Clinton, in my opinion because he was
trying to bring back the old-fashioned kind of public education that really
is a pretty fair NY Times article about it.
Aside from its prominence in the history of public education, Clinton is
also home to a gigantic New Deal mural — PARTIALLY
PAINTED OVER IN NOVEMBER 2017
— The History of the World and (on the ceiling)
Constellations by Alfred Floegel (1894-1976), WPA Federal Art
Project, 1934-40: Oil on canvas, 5 feet 4 inches high and 194 feet
long. Thanks to Principal Taveras for providing me access to photograph
this momumental work. Click here to see it,
and keep clicking to see all the views.
By the way, DeWitt Clinton is also known (among many other things, but
apropos of the New Deal) for its literary magazine,
Magpie, that famously dealt with Depression era themes, 1929-42.
historic decades-old mural was painted over at a New York high school
during a repair project, CNN, June 18, 2018.
Deal Art Experts Say Painting Over Mural Was Vandalism,
New York Times, June 16, 2018.
Bronx school paints over famous New Deal-era mural,
New York Daily News, June 10, 2018.
Clinton High School, Wikipedia.
- Harris, Elizabeth, After
Closing Schools, a Principal Fights to Save a Bronx High School,
NY Times, November 26, 2014.
Department of Education Public Art Collection: History of the World and
Clinton H.S., Lehman College.
Floegel, brief biography at Lehman College.
Art Project, Photographic Division collection ...
1935-1942, Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution.
- The Magpie Sings the Great
Depression: Selections from DeWitt Clinton High School's Literary Magazine,
1929-1942", New Deal Network, newdeal.feri.org.
- Allyn, Bobby, DeWitt
Clinton's Remarkable Alumni, New York Times, July 21, 2009.
- Pelisson, Gerard J., and James A. Garvey, The
Castle on the Parkway: The Story of New York City's Dewitt Clinton High
School and its Extraordinary Influence on American Life, The Hutch Press
- Taylor, Kate, Pushing
for Change, Bronx Principal Is Undone by
Investigation, New York Times, 29 November 2016.