Old Hattiesburg High School
Backstory and Context
Although the building was originally constructed in 1911, the high school, apparently, operated from 1922 to 1929. It is not clear what the 1911 part of the building was first used for. The 1921 addition designed by Lee drastically altered the building and gave it its Jacobethan appearance. After the high school closed, the building became office space for the local school district and the Board of Education. It then became an antiques mall until 2001 when the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association acquired it with plans to restore the old building. This process took a long time. The building suffered from damage on a few occasions including from Hurricane Katrina and arson. In 2018, a new developer bought the building and completed the work of converting it into a home for senior citizens in 2020. The home has around 75 to 85 apartments. The old high school was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.
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Both images via Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Old_Hattiesburg_High_School