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

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

Central High School 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 Entercom 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 CHS Unveils Plans for New Performing Arts Center." Central High School Press Release 11/29/2017.