Elementary School - 1929
Adding a New Addition
The 1920s were a time of rapid expansion in Brookline. Construction of new homes and the population explosion led to further overcrowding in Brookline's three elementary schools. By the end of the decade, the problem had grown to serious proportions.
Brookline Elementary School, student enrollment was such that half day sessions and part-time classes began in 1928. The following year, the Board of Education approved a school expansion. Construction began at the end of the 1928/29 school year.
Brookline School was originally built in 1909, and expanded in 1911. At a projected cost of $106,000, the 1929 expansion would bring the school building to it's present-day dimensions.
Work proceeded quickly, and was completed by the start of the 1929-1930 school year. The auditorium was completely rebuilt and a new kindergarten center installed. Eight new classrooms were added as well as two gymnasiums.
Also included were a modern cafeteria and cooking room. By the time the project was completed the cost had more than doubled to $225,164, but the community of Brookline now had one of the finest schools in the city.
The photo below appeared in the Pittsburgh Press on September 1, 1929, with the Pittsburgh public school system announcing the completion of construction and the start of the new year.
* Photos provided by Tom Castrodale and the Pittsburgh Press *
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