Structure Type: built works - public buildings - schools - high schools

Designers: Kaufmann, Gordon B., Architect (firm); Tom Tyrone Comfort (muralist); Gordon Bernie Kaufmann (architect)

Dates: constructed 1935-1937

1001 West 15th Street
San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA 90731-3925

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San Pedro High School occupied a large tract bounded by West Fifteenth Street on the north, Leland Street on the west, Meyer Street on the east, and West Seventeenth Street on the south. San Pedro is part of Los Angeles, CA.

Building History

Notable for its curved corners, windows bands, and residual Art Deco features, Kaufmann introduced an up-to-date Streamlined Moderne aesthetic for the San Pedro High School, a large complex consisting of four buildings: Administration (containing most general classrooms), Home Economics, Industrial Arts, Auditorium, and Physical Education. Kaufmann planned the school with functionally-separate buildings to create a collegiate atmosphere. In his design, he set aside two areas for classroom growth, one directly south of the Home Economics Building (forming a quadrangle), and one adjacent to the Auditorium just to its east. San Pedro High School was designed to serve 1900 students, with two classroom plans built to accommodate between 30-35 students. Kaufmann designed the whole complex to be built of reinforced concrete, a seismically-resistant material. This high school's construction followed the devastating Long Beach Earthquake by two years, and its structure of steel frame and reinforced concrete was a direct result of it. Kaufmann had finished the plan by 04/27/1935, and the cornerstone was laid on 05/06/1935. Total cost of the high school was estimated at $1 million.

Building Notes

The 1933 Long Beach Earthquake caused significant damage the first San Pedro High School #1, necessitating its condemnation and demolition. A grand remnant of the first high school, the Victory Arch, a Neo-classical doorway topped by an eagle, remains on the second high school's grounds.

A new sports complex was dedicated 10/13/2000.

PCAD id: 6543