HIGH SCHOOL FACADE
Johnson, Miller, and Miller were the architects,
who designed the new high school. The building reflected the influence of
northern federalist architecture--a center focal point and the sides are
mirrored images of one another. School built during this time could be
classified as "no--nonsense" schools. The lines were clear and simple;
everything served a purpose--in reducing noise and maintaining the building.
The entire building was sturdy--built to last.
Along with the new school came a new name.
Although the official name of the school was Linton-Stockton Joint High School
(as this was a jointed effort between the city and the township), the words
"Linton-Stockton High School was carved into the limestone over the entry way at
the front of the school. Perhaps the space available for the lettering was the
determining factor, but whatever the reason, once the name was carved, it became
known as Linton-Stockton High School.
The façade, or the front of the building, is the
view that people remember after seeing this building. In keeping with the style
of the building, the lines are actually quite simple and clean cut. However,
upon viewing the design closely, a great deal of art history becomes apparent.
The style used in the design of the façade is
referred to as Gothic or Neo-Gothic. This style was started in Northern France
and spread throughout Europe between 1150 and 1400. Gothic was a carved
architecture--every stone was carved.
Perhaps the fact may seem unusual that the
Notre-Dame Cathedral (a famous cathedral in Paris, France) and Linton-Stockton
High School would share a similar architectural influence. Perhaps the Gothic
influence of the high school main entrance may be a hint to the reverence that
was held for a high school education at that time in America's history.
At the time the Notre-Dame Cathedral was built, it
was the cultural and social center in the community as well as the religious
center. When Linton-Stockton High School was built, it was the cultural and
social center of the community as well as an educational center. The new
building contained a stage and gym where social events could be held. In 1921,
education was still a luxury. Many young people may have had to quit school at
the eighth grade level to help support their families. Even if they could go on
to school, their parents and grandparents were putting their faith into an
educational system to give their children and grandchildren a better future.
This faith may have exhibited itself quite literally in the choice of
architecture. The new school building was not a church, but to the resident of
Linton it may have been viewed as a “temple of learning.” The fact that the new
high school was located at the very end of Main Street and the focal point of
the city showed the importance the citizens placed on education.
Similarities between the new high school building
and Notre-Dame Cathedral include the following:
Pointed arch variation on the front of the
Three main sections to the front
Lamps on platforms on high school and statues
on the cathedral
Large central window on each
building--rectangular on the high school and the rose window on the cathedral
Detail--Quatrefoil on the high school and
Trefoil on Notre-Dame
Engaged thin stone arches on the high school
and thin stone arches on Notre-Dame (Thin stone work that is linear is called
The stone shields on the front of the high
school reflect the time period of knights, swords, and shields.
These buildings were known for their great
heights when compared to their surroundings.
The facade of the 1921 high school building was
not lost. Project architect Cheryl Whittenbarger for the new school building
pointed out at the February 16, 1998 school board meeting that a replica of the
original limestone used in the 1921 built current high school structure is being
incorporated in the new building plans for the main academic area entrance.