Looking Backward: Spirit of Kensington High School, 1943

by / Mar. 7, 2018 12am EST

Kensington High School, 319 Suffolk Street, received national attention for its students’ efforts to sell war bonds for the Second World War. In this photograph of June 9, 1943, students involved in the effort are recognized by the Curtiss Wright Corporation at, presumably, its plant at the Buffalo Municipal Airport. Thomas J. McDonnell, the school’s first principal, is second from the right. Five aircraft, including this Curtiss C-46 Commando transport plane, were christened The Spirit of Kensington High School for obtaining more war bond subscriptions than all other Buffalo high schools combined.