Update: In 2020, the high school suffered from at least two arsons and considerable vandalism. Additional historic images added with revised text in August of 2020.
Sitting vacant, the victim of a school board with no vision, Cleveland High School awaits renovation. It is a perfect example of the Ittner Milligan architectural firm, who designed most of the iconic school buildings around St. Louis.
The architecture, particularly that of the front portal, is based off St. James Palace in London, which is the official residence of the monarchy of England. Private school buildings in Great Britain are also built in this style, so the pedigree of our schools is long.
Thankfully the building has not seen as severe of deterioration that Central High School has, but the interior has suffered considerable neglect.
The glazed terracotta panels on the front, showing various vocations, are great examples of how the architects thought of all of the little details.
The school sits like a castle up on top of a hill in Dutchtown, looking down on Grand a block away across the athletic fields. They sure knew how to make great settings back then.