Image courtesy of the Buffalo History Museum.
Image courtesy of the Buffalo History Museum.

Looking Backward: Bennett High School, circa 1940

by / Jul. 4, 2018 7am EST
“Optima futura—The best is yet to be.” —Bennett High School motto
Bennett High School, 2837 Main Street, was completed in 1925 and designed in a Georgian Revival style by the Associated Buffalo Architects. Bennett High is a storied Buffalo institution with graduates ranging from Beverly Ann Johnson, the first African American model to appear on the cover of Vogue in August 1974; to Rick James, funk superstar; and Sorrell Booke, the actor best known for playing “Boss” Hogg in the television show The Dukes of HazzardArchitectural historian Frank Kowsky stated of Bennett High School, “There is no more eloquent architectural statement of the dignity of education anywhere in town.” The clock in the pediment was broken for years, was recently restored by the Buffalo Public Schools, and is now back in working order.
Here’s Bennet High School in September 2017: