Philadelphia's Central High Receives $19 Million for Arts Center

Philadelphia's Central High Receives $19 Million for Arts Center

in Philadelphia, the oldest continuously operating public high school in the country, has announced gifts totaling $19 million for the construction of a performing arts center.

To be connected to the existing building via a transparent bridge, the two-story center will feature state-of-the-art labs and facilities for individual, ensemble, and choral music lessons; a four-hundred seat performance hall; and a modern lobby decorated with student art and photography. Gifts in support of the project include $10 million from founder and CHS alumnus Joe Field and $8.1 million in commitments from the School District of Philadelphia.

The first phase of the project — one piece of a larger capital improvement plan that will help maintain Central as one of the top high schools in Philadelphia — is expected to get under way in January 2019, with a second phase comprising a series of major renovations to the school's existing facility, including the creation of a STEM wing, expanded space for art and language labs, and general building renovations, to follow.

"." Central High School Press Release 11/29/2017.