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School History

Who is Florence Nightingale?

Our school is named after Florence Nightingale, a British nurse who was born on May 12, 1820 in Florence, Italy. She was the founder of modern nursing and fought for the reform of medical hospitals and medical care.
She was a celebrated social reformer, statistician, and a prodigious and versatile writer. She opened Nightingale School for Nurses, the first official nurses' training program. Nightingale set an example of diligent and thoughtful hospital administration, commitment to patient care and the example of Florence Nightingale compassion.
Soldiers knew her as "The Lady with the Lamp" because she walked the halls of their hospital at night, keeping watch over them. Before she died in 1910 she received many honors for her contributions to society.

Year Built

  • 1937 - Commenced
  • 1939 - Completed

School Designers/Architects

  • Frederick M. Ashley - Architect
  • John C. Austin - Architect


"This P.W. A.Moderne style school was constructed from 1937 to 1939 to plans drawn by architects John C. Austin and Frederick M. Ashley. The P.W.A. Moderne married the symmetry and classicism of earlier eras with elements culled from the fashionable Art Deco and Streamline Moderne idioms."


  • Nighthawk

School Colors

  • Red & White