Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Unseen corners: Goddard School

Part of an occasional series of photos of corners of the Worcester Public Schools you may not have seen:
Sometime back, I posted photos of the windows in the Goddard School of Science and Technology's auditorium (which also included the classically designed ceiling). I've since been told the windows are from Tiffany.
You know that Goddard was South High School; did you know that Robert Goddard was class president during his senior year and wrote the alma mater for South?

Today, Principal Marion Guerra was kind enough to take me around the school. Here's a few corners you may not have seen of Goddard:

This is the original gym floor in the old South gymnasium. It is parquet: yes, like the Celtics play on at the Garden.

Scattered around the building are murals painted, which really brighten up the walls. Many, as Alice below, are scenes from books.

Like many of our buildings, the place to go is the top floor. Goddard has enormous windows (it was built to be run without electric light). Here's the view from the third floor, looking out towards downtown, over University Park.
 I didn't take photos of the beautifully shiny wood floors, the transom windows, the cheerful ('though in a basement) art room, and all the nooks of a building built over a hundred years ago, all busy with over 600 students and accompanying staff learning.
With thanks to Ms. Guerra for her time and the enthusiastic history lesson!

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