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Vestal Central School

Historic Sites, Monuments, Landmarks, and Public Art (National Register of Historic Places)


Vestal's first high school, this 1939 building was designed by T.I. Lacey & Sons, Architects under the Public Works Administration (PWA) program.

The 64-room building was constructed to accommodate 1200 pupils at a cost of $773,205. It opened to students on January 3, 1939.

1939 Vestal Central High School
Auditorium from Dedication Booklet


Until 1939 Vestal high school students completed their education at Union-Endicott High School.  The first Vestal graduating class of 29 students received their diplomas on June 25, 1940.
The building featured a 753-seat auditorium, double gymnasium, library, cafeteria, health clinic, and specialized classrooms for art, industrial arts, homemaking, science laboratories, and music.  Some rooms featured specially designed Stickley furniture.

It was used for 22 years as a Junior High school after the completion, in 1960, of the current high school. it remains in use by the Vestal Senior Citizens and several other groups.  The Vestal Center Elementary school was designed by the same firm and constructed in 1939 under the same program.   The interior of the building is largely unchanged.

Historic Designations: 
2012 Local Historic Landmark
2010 New York State Register
2010 National Register




Town of Vestal Historian
201 Main Street
Vestal, NY 13850
  • Architecture and Historical Buildings
This location was created on 2015-05-27 by Margaret Hadsell, Town of Vestal   It was last updated on 2015-05-27 by Margaret Hadsell, Town of Vestal

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