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
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.
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.
Grants $565,544 for School in Bronx,
New York Times, 8 Jan 1936.
to Start Bronx High School,
New York Times, 1 Mar 1936.
School Improvement Scenarios for Jane Addams High School for Academics and
Careers, NYC Dept of Education website, undated but probably around 2010.
Targets Jane Addams High for Closing, WNYC website, 8 Dec 2011.
Brace for School Closures, The Bronx Journal (undated).
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."
closed the Bronx's high schools?, jd2718.org,
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