Murrell Dobbins Vocational School
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Murrell Dobbins Vocational School
Murrell Dobbins Career & Technical Education High School
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Murrell Dobbins Career & Technical Education High School, September 2010
Murrell Dobbins Career and Technical Education High School is located in Philadelphia
Murrell Dobbins Career and Technical Education High School
Murrell Dobbins Career and Technical Education High School is located in Pennsylvania
Murrell Dobbins Career and Technical Education High School
Murrell Dobbins Career and Technical Education High School is located in the United States
Murrell Dobbins Career and Technical Education High School
Location2150 West Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Coordinates39°59?42?N 75°10?01?W / 39.99500°N 75.16694°W / 39.99500; -75.16694Coordinates: 39°59?42?N 75°10?01?W / 39.99500°N 75.16694°W / 39.99500; -75.16694
Area2 acres (0.81 ha)
Built1936-1937
ArchitectIrwin T. Catharine
Architectural styleModerne, Art Deco
MPSPhiladelphia Public Schools TR
NRHP reference No.88002263[1]
Added to NRHPNovember 18, 1988

Murrell Dobbins Career & Technical Education High School, also known as Murrell Dobbins Vocational High School, is a historic vocational school building located in the West Lehigh neighborhood of North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of the School District of Philadelphia. The building was designed by Irwin T. Catharine and built in 1936-1937. It is a six- to seven-story, 14-bay, brick building in the Moderne-style. It has a one-story, stone front building. It features brick piers with terracotta tops and the building has terra cotta trim.[2]

The school is the home of the Mustangs and the school colors are Flame and Steel. Murrell Dobbins offers seven CTE programs: Barbering, Business Education, Commercial & Advertising Arts, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Fashion Design and Plumbing. Dobbins athletics consist of Football, Cross-Country, Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball, Indoor Track, Bowling, Cheerleading, Badminton, Baseball, Softball and Outdoor Track.[3]

History

The Dobbins building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[1]

The namesake, Murrell H. Dobbins (1843-1917), was a New Jersey-born man who became a member of the Philadelphia school board.[4]

At one point the school had two campuses and was known as the Dobbins/Randolph Area Vocational Technical School.[5] It had absorbed the Randolph Skills Center,[6] named after Asa Philip Randolph.[7]

Notable alumni

  • Hank Gathers, college basketball player
  • Gregory "Bo" Kimble, NBA player.[8]
  • Dawn Staley, head coach of women's basketball at University of South Carolina; 3-time Olympian
  • Doug Overton, retired professional basketball player and current head coach of the Springfield Armor of the NBA Development League.
  • Jami M. Valentine, Ph.D., Physicist, first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Physics from Johns Hopkins University. Dobbins class of 1992.[9]
  • Bobby Eli, Philly Soul guitarist, songwriter, producer, arranger. Founding member of MFSB.
  • Thom Bell, Philly Soul songwriter, producer and arranger.

External links

References

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System.Note: This includes Jefferson M. Moak (May 1987). "Pennsylvania Historic Resource Survey Form: Murrell Dobbins Vocational School" (PDF). Retrieved .
  3. ^ Murrell Dobbins Career and Technical Education High School website
  4. ^ "The Murrell H. Dobbins Story". Dobbins AVTS. 2007-01-08. Archived from the original on 2007-01-08. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Basic Information". Dobbins/Randolph Area Vocational Technical School. 2007-01-08. Archived from the original on 2007-01-08. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Gratz Cluster Schools". School District of Philadelphia. 1999-08-26. Archived from the original on 1999-08-26. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "The Asa Philip Randolph Story". Dobbins/Randolph Area Vocational Technical School. 2001-08-25. Archived from the original on 2001-08-25. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Bo Kimble". Basketball-Reference.Com. Retrieved 2012.
  9. ^ "Jami Valentine".



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