Howard High School of Technology - ABHA Architects

Phase 1-Annex: Completed Summer 2017 (Phase 2 is scheduled for completion in Summer 2018)

Built as the first secondary school for African Americans in Delaware, Howard High School played an important role in the Civil Rights movements in Wilmington as an integral part of the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Brown v. Board of Education. "The school stands as a symbol of the struggle made by the NAACP to desegregate public education and the Court’s finding that state governments could not maintain racially segregated schools."1 Because of it's significant social, political and architectural history, the school was designated as a National Historic Landmark on April 5, 2005.

ABHA Architects is excited to be working on this renovation project for the New Castle County Vo-Tech School District. Its rich history is an important part of the project as we aim to create a place where students can remember the past and build strong foundations for their futures.

The links below provide more detailed information about the history and importance of this Wilmington landmark.

National Historic Landmark Registration

News Journal Article on Martin Luther King Jr.’s only visit to Delaware on September 13, 1960

National Park Service write-up about Howard High School

Desegregation in Delaware

History of Howard High School, Wilmington, Delaware (Video Documentary)

Where in Wilmington - Howard High School, by WITN22 Wilmington (Video)

Press release announcing Howard High School's designation as a National Historic Landmark

1 Page 19; USDI/NPS NRHP Registration Form (Rev. 8-86); HOWARD HIGH SCHOOL; National Register of Historic Places Registration Form