A0099 – Boynton High School Preservation Efforts Collection


A0099 – Boynton High School Preservation Efforts Collection

DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Date span: 2001-2022
Physical description: Digital files

ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Restriction on Access: The collection is available for supervised use by appointment during normal Boynton Beach City Library hours. Users are required to comply with the library’s regulations governing use.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction: Materials in the collections are to be used for private study, scholarship, or research in accord with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). The Boynton Beach City Library adheres to all conditions specified in the law when providing reproductions of copyrighted material. Any use of a reproduction in excess of “fair use," may result in the user’s liability for copyright infringement.

Additional physical form available: Many photographs scanned and available online.

Acquisition information:

Acquisition information:
Permission to use:
•    2022.026-David Hall (Facebook message permission, no form)
•    2022.027-G. Allan Hendricks (signed form)
•    2022.029-Sharon Koskoff (signed form)
•    2022.030-Janet Naughton (signed form)
•    2022.031-Barbara Ready (signed form)
•    2022.032-Jesse Feldman (emailed permission, no form)
•    2022.040 Michael Wilson (signed form)

No permission to use:

•    2022.024-John McGovern (no form)
•    2022.025-Tally Niki (no form)
•    2022.028-Jeffrey Sciarra (no form)

Custodial history: Clippings were gathered from online newspapers by Georgen Charnes, archivist. Images were chiefly gathered from the “SAVE Historic Boynton High” Facebook group. Each poster was then contacted by the archivist to complete a signed Deed of Gift form.

Preferred Citation: From the collections of the Boynton Beach City Library Local History Archives, Boynton High School Preservation (A0099), item number(s)

Processing Information: Collection processed in 2022 by Georgen Charnes. Date of finding aid: 2022.

Custodial history: Clippings were gathered from online newspapers by Georgen Charnes, archivist. Images were chiefly gathered from the “SAVE Historic Boynton High” Facebook group. Each poster was then contacted by the archivist to complete a signed Deed of Gift form.

Preferred Citation: From the collections of the Boynton Beach City Library Local History Archives, Boynton High School Preservation (A0099), item number(s)

Processing Information: Collection processed in 2022 by Georgen Charnes. Date of finding aid: 2022.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Historical Note: The Boynton High School building, designed by architect William Manly King, was completed in 1927. The first graduating class, in 1929 consisted of only two students. From 1934 to 1937, the school added junior high school students.  The last year of Boynton High School was 1949, with fifteen graduating seniors. High school students from then on went to other schools and the building was then used for elementary and junior high education. In 1959, the junior high moved as well, leaving only the elementary school. In 1989, the elementary school closed.

The City of Boynton Beach purchased the building from the Palm Beach County School Board in 1993. In about 1992, the school began to be referred to as “Mangrove Park High School,” and was used for special education until 1997. The City's Planning and Zoning Department was also housed in the building in the late 1990s. In 2007, the City transferred ownership to the Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). In 2009, the CRA transferred ownership back to the city.

As early as 1992, discussion were had about the remodeling of both the Boynton Elementary School and the High School. By 1995, the City, the Boynton Cultural Centre, and supporting community efforts, was able to save the elementary school with the help of state grants, city funds, private contributions, and fundraising projects such as raising donations through brick sponsorships. The building opened as the Schoolhouse Museum in 2000.

The High School, however, was not as easily saved. While the City of Boynton Beach conducted many studies over the years about the feasibility of saving the building, repeated efforts to find sponsors for renovation and use of the building failed.  There were several proposals to raze the building, including 2001, 2004, 2009, 2013, and 2015. Each time these proposals were met with community protests. The Boynton Beach community staged significant protest rallies in 2009 and 2015, as well as conducting other actions, including appearing before the city commission and other committees and writing letters to the editors of several newspapers. In 2016, the City began to seriously investigate proposals and initiated a Town Square project that included renovating the old high school into a cultural center, which opened in 2021.

Scope and Content Note: Includes digital files documenting the preservation of the 1927 Boynton High School building, including clippings, images of the protest rallies (2009 and 2015), and images of the building before and after restoration.