New York City New Deal Schools - Photo #16 - New Deal Schools in the Bronx

Jane Adams High School, originally the Bronx Industrial High School for Girls, built by the US Public Works Administration (PWA), opened in 1937. More recently called the Jane Addams High School for Academic Careers. Like all big Bronx high schools, it was under attack for years. In brief: Bronx demographics have changed over the past decades with students becoming less affluent and less white, which causes funding to go down when it should go up (if you believe the function of public schools is to give everybody an adequate education). So if the schools are "failing" there's your reason. Once a school gets the "failing" brand, it it is punished in such a way that it can only fail more, and then pieces are taken away from it and given to charters, thus reducing its resources still more when they should be expanded, and eventually the school is closed and the building is rebranded as a "campus" in which only the charters remain. This is what happened to Jane Addams, which is now a shell housing the New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math and Science II, and The School for Tourism and Hospitality. Image: Google Maps.
  1. Contracts Voted for 3 New Schools - Two Buildings in Brooklyn and One in Richmond Are to Cost $2,263.782 - Federal Aid Accepted, New York Times, 3 Feb 1936.
  2. PWA Grants $565,544 for School in Bronx, New York Times, 8 Jan 1936.
  3. Officials to Start Bronx High School, New York Times, 1 Mar 1936.
  4. School Improvement Scenarios for Jane Addams High School for Academics and Careers, NYC Dept of Education website, undated but probably around 2010.
  5. City Targets Jane Addams High for Closing, WNYC website, 8 Dec 2011.
  6. Bronxites Brace for School Closures, The Bronx Journal (undated).
  7. Bronx high schools get new superintendent amid more school closing announcements, NY Daily News, 13 Dec 2011: "Department of Education announced it will close or phase out four low-performing high schools in the borough by year's end, including the scandal-plagued Jane Addams High School for Academic Careers."
  8. Who closed the Bronx's high schools?,, 27 Dec 2015: "In recent years, nine Bronx academic comprehensive high schools were closed and three were down-sized, two sabotaged so badly that I assume they will be retargeted for closure. Also, three Bronx vocational high schools were closed, and the fourth was down-sized. No large or medium-sized Bronx high school has escaped unscathed (save Bronx Science, which serves relatively few Bronx kids)" (beginning of a long article).