Tech High School
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Backstory and Context
The Belmont Park Vocational School opened in September 1922 as one of Charlotte’s first secondary education offerings and the first vocational school in North Carolina to offer a high school curriculum. It was one of three high schools built, including Central High School for whites in Elizabeth and Second Ward High School for Blacks.
The school contained 16 classrooms with space for domestic science classes, manual training, sewing classes, a model dining room, and two workshops. In 1927 the school was renamed Charlotte Technical High School. After the class of 1954 graduated, the school became Hawthorne Junior High, located at 1411 Hawthorne Lane.
In 2020, this location served as the Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences, Military, and Public Service, a Charlotte Mecklenburg School. The original building was demolished long ago.
Continue north on Pegram Street and make a right turn to go east on Kennon Street. Look for Soulshine Organics on the right as you head toward the medallion at 1405 Kennon Street.
As you walk, note the mix of duplexes and more modest original homes compared to larger new construction. Some of the larger, newer homes began to sell for $500,000 to more than $700,000 in 2020.