Past Offers Sign of Future
Thursday, August 26, 2004
By Maureen Nolan, Staff writer
The historic vacant school
at South Warren and East Adams streets now bears a bronze plaque that
proclaims its destiny. That is, its destiny if all goes as planned.
The new sign says: "Institute of Technology at Syracuse
Central High School." The building originally was the old Syracuse Central
High, and the Central High Class of 1952 donated the sign, which cost
nearly $1,500, class member Nicholas Nett said.
Nett, 71, of Baldwinsville, is the unofficial Central High
historian. The sign is the third in the spot. The first consisted of
raised lettering attached to the wall and dated to 1903, when Central High
opened, Nett said.
Those letters came off in 1961, when that year's
graduating class removed it to put up a bronze plaque that identified the
school as the Syracuse Technical High School, which the building became in
1960. The district closed that school in the mid-1970s and eventually sold
The city and district bought it back again a couple of
years ago to transform it into a career and technical high school. Funding
and budget problems have delayed the project, which originally was
supposed to be open by now.
School district officials now say September 2006 is the
most likely opening date, but money for the project still hasn't been sewn
All the same, the Class of 1952 and other Central High
boosters went ahead and had the plaque made and dedicated it with a
ceremony early this summer. They were eager to establish its new
identify and proud that part of the original name remained.
"They wanted to get a little bit of an impetus to the
project, getting the name on there," said Nett, who gave the dedication.