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  • John and Jane Adams Postcard Collection

San Diego High School original Gray Castle

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Picture postcard of first building in "Gray Castle" period of San Diego High School
This postcard shows the Gothic Revival building known as the "Grey Castle," designed by F. S. Allen (1860-1934), with construction starting in 1906. Construction continued beyond this original building, with cornerstones for others laid in 1912, the stadium built in 1914, in 1922 and 1923 separate gymnasiums for men and women, and an auditorium in 1926. After Callifornia legislation in the 1960s required the razing of all school buildings built prior to 1933, due to earthquake concerns, architect Richard G. Wheeler (1917-1990) was retained in 1970 to design a new school. Demolition and construction proceeded simultaneously on different buildings starting in 1973 and ending with occupation of all four new buildings in 1977. This postcard might have been produced anytime between 1907 and 1912. There are two numbers that might be publisher's numbers on the back of the card: one at the bottom of the left panel that has the Newman logo at the top, No. L. 91; and the Curt Teich nuimber upside down in the stamp box on this untraveled card--2946, encompassing 1908-1910. The card was made n Germany.
San Diego High School; San Diego; Gray Castle; F. S. Allen; High schools; Curt Teich
1405 Park Boulevard
California - San Diego
  • John and Jane Adams Postcard Collection
Newman Post Card Company, Los Angeles, California, US
3.5 inches x 5.5 inches
Journal of San Diego History, Spring 1982, v 28, #2, R. G. Wheeler "San Diego High School"
[printed in red superimposed on photograph at top left]
San Diego High School, Cal.
  • San Diego State University Library and Information Access, Special Collections and University Archives
20.46 MB