High School Opens

LRSH purchases the 40 Charlton Street building, a former church and settlement house purchased from the Episcopal Mission Society, and opens the high school, which is posthumously named for Elisabeth Irwin in 1942.

November 25, 1941

Dear Miss Irwin:

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate The Little Red School House on its development and growth during the past few years and in the opening of the High School, for I think the work you have done is most admirable and deserves wide recognition.

Sincerely yours,
F.H. Laguardia, Mayor

Ray ’45, a member of the first graduating class at LREI’s high school, tells his story about how “Elisabeth Irwin High School” really got its name for LREI StoryLab, the school’s ongoing oral history project. Listen here.