Historic Central High School (Duluth)

Infobox_nrhp | name =Duluth Central High School
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caption =Duluth Central High School
location= Lake Ave. and 2nd St.
Duluth, Minnesota
lat_degrees = 46 | lat_minutes = 47 | lat_seconds = 20.8 | lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 92 | long_minutes = 06 | long_seconds = 1.0| long_direction = W
area =
built =1892
architect=Emmett S. Palmer and Lucian P. Hall, Hunt, and Traphagen
architecture= Late Richardsonian Romanesque
added = November 9, 1972
governing_body = Local
refnum= 72001488 cite web|url=http://www.nr.nps.gov/|title=National Register Information System|date=2007-01-23|work=National Register of Historic Places|publisher=National Park Service]
The Historic Central High School in the U.S. city of Duluth, Minnesota was built in 1892 of locally-mined brownstone at a cost of $460,000. It features a 230 foot clock tower with chimes patterned after Big Ben in London; the clock faces are each 10 1/2 feet in diameter, overlooking the Duluth harbor. Architectural details such as gargoyles are the work of George Tharna.cite web| title =Duluth Public Schools Central Administration Building| publisher =CitiesArchitecture.com| url =http://www.citiesarchitecture.com/Building/405/Duluth_Public_Schools_Central_Administration_Building.php| accessdate =2007-08-16] In 1972 the school board ceased using the building for classroom instruction, possibly because the hungry boilers would burn up to 8 tons of coal per winter day. The Central Preservation Committee and other interested citizens saved the building and created an 1890s classroom museum within the structure. [cite web| title =Duluth Central High School - Historic Old Central High School History| publisher =Duluth Public Schools| url =http://www.duluth.k12.mn.us/education/components/scrapbook/default.php?sectiondetailid=11663&sc_id=1187288444| accessdate =2007-08-16] Duluth Central High School moved to its new location and the historic structure was renovated for administration use. Subsequently, the alternative school, Unity High School began occupying some space in the old building. Their mission is to develop alternative teaching and learning methods, and enrollment is by referral only. [cite web| title =Unity Alternative Programs| publisher =Duluth Public Schools| url =http://www.duluth.k12.mn.us/education/school/school.php?sectionid=133&sc_id=1186599599&PHPSESSID=57dade1a7ddee3069d5f7a51417c2a07| accessdate =2007-08-16]

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