Bok High School, the massive art deco vocational school at 8th and Mifflin, closed last week after 75 years. The school takes up an entire city block in the middle of two booming areas and what happens with the building could be a harbinger of that section of South Philly.
Because of the building’s architecture and the school’s history, Bok has drawn a lot of attention among the 23 schools that the district decided to close.
To that end, here’s a round-up of some of what we’ve come across in the past week:
– Axis Philly has been keeping an eye on the school as part of its partnership with NBC10, called Schoolhouse Watch. The school was the subject of a forum last week, and you can watch a clip of it here, along with a summary of what was discussed.
– Columnist Solomon Jones, writing for Axis Philly, says that although the building could be attractive to the right developer, it needs a whopping $55 million in structural repairs. No wonder it closed.
– And you can keep up with all the media coverage of the building on the Schoolhouse Watch’s Bok page here.