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New Rochelle High School Can’t Catch a Break

August 17th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Architecture, Miscellaneous


Poor New Rochelle High school. As if a devastating fire in 1968 wasn’t bad enough, the old girl suffered another indignity as lightning struck one of its towers about 6pm on Friday. The strike arrupted a blaze that basically destroyed the conical roof, but luckily it was a localized event, and should be fully repairable.

A few more photos of this and the 1968 fire can be found on flickr.

Thanks to our man in the field, John Elwood, for calling this in.

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  • 1 linda johnston // Sep 7, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    I have enjoyed your site. I graduated from New Rochelle High School in 1964. I had always felt I attended a college rather than a high school, but never really appreciated the majestic beauty of our school while I was there. Alas, isn’t it a shame many of us never appreciate what we have until we either lose it or move on in our lives.

    Linda Johnston

  • 2 DT // Oct 5, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    <p>I have enjoyed your site. I graduated from New Rochelle High School in 1964. I had always felt I attended a college rather than a high school, but never really appreciated the majestic beauty of our school while I was there. Alas, isn’t it a shame many of us never appreciate what we have until we either lose it or move on in our lives.</p>

    <p>Linda Johnston</p>

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