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William L. Dickinson High School
2 Palisade Avenue
State Register of Historic Places, 1981
National Register of Historic Places, 1982

Designed in the Beaux-Arts style by the architect John T Rowland (whose many accomplishments included the Jersey City Medical Center). According to the ideals of the Progressive Era, the school provided the most advanced equipment for both academic education and vocational training. The many fine features of the first phase (1904-6) were reminiscent of a Ivy League college: the Greek-style terrazzo flooring, the clasically inspired murals and friezes, oak woodwork, and the advanced laboratories. The second phase (1911-12), with the addition of metalwork facilities for industrial training, increased the size of the school by 100 per cent.

The, two-story two-thousand seat capacity auditorium (initially illuminated by a skylight) was for many years the focus for the most important facets of society in Jersey City. Taft, Roosevelt, and Wilson campainged there during the 1912 presidential election. Here Frank Hague retired as Mayor and transferred the Office to his nephew.

In Dickinson High School Auditorium on June 17, 1947, A Capacity Crowd Witnessed Frank Hague Leaving Office

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