One of my best friends attended South High School in Salt Lake City. I mentioned to my friend recently that I had been hanging around that campus; Salt Lake Community College now owns it. I walked all over the campus today taking photographs, and when I got home, I looked online to compare what I had seen with any images of the campus as it was when it was still a high school.
There are very few online photographs of the high school at all, and I saw none from the interior that are from the period. According to an article on Wikipedia, the high school was inaugurated in 1931 and closed in 1988. The photographs for that article were all taken in 2013, so what you see is what Salt Lake Community College did with the old campus. I am puzzled. With more than 50 years of service as a high school, why are there so few photographs online? Are all the former students still mourning and unable to face the task of scanning and uploading pictures from their high school glory days? Or was the time spent there so bad that they prefer not to memorialize it? Oh dear.
Is there anything left my friend would recognize, I wondered. Here are a few things I think are timeless, followed by the major changes.
Look at this decoration. The school was built in the 1920s and early 1930s, so it had all sorts of pretty art deco details in its construction. I’ll show you some of the interior decor a little later that continues the same theme.
On the south end of the building an addition was put on. This houses the Salt Lake City School District’s Innovations Early College High School Career & Technical Center. I have little idea of what that all entails, but I do see these students a lot, changing classes and shrieking as high schoolers do about whatever-it-is that excites them these days—the opposite sex, technology toys, clothes, gossip and social life. With the exception of the modern toys, not much has changed about the behavior of high school students forever.
That takes care of the south end of campus.
On the east side where I understand there used to be a football stadium are now parking lots and other landscaping features. There also happens to be a huge building addition, three stories high and stretching from the south end to the Grand Theater. Here are my views of these things.