Castor Gardens Middle School
Woodrow Wilson Middle School, September 2010
Woodrow Wilson Middle School is located in Philadelphia
Woodrow Wilson Middle School
Woodrow Wilson Middle School is located in Pennsylvania
Woodrow Wilson Middle School
Woodrow Wilson Middle School is located in the United States
Woodrow Wilson Middle School
Location1800 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates40°03′09″N 75°04′08″W / 40.0525°N 75.0690°W / 40.0525; -75.0690
Area2 acres (0.81 ha)
Built1927–1928
ArchitectIrwin T. Catharine
Architectural styleClassical Revival
MPSPhiladelphia Public Schools TR
NRHP reference No.86003347[1]
Added to NRHPDecember 4, 1986

Castor Gardens Middle School, which was previously known as Woodrow Wilson Middle School, is an historic, American middle school that is located in the Castor Gardens neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is part of the School District of Philadelphia.

The school was initially named after the 28th President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson; however, its name was later changed to reflect the name of the neighborhood in which it is located, Castor Gardens.

Castor Gardens Middle School has been a certified International Baccalaureate School since 2012.

History and notable features

This building was designed by Irwin T. Catharine and built in 1892. It is a three-story, fifteen-bay, brick and limestone building that was created in the Classical Revival style. It features a projecting center entrance pavilion, four Doric order columns supporting an entablature, and a balustraded parapet.[2]

The school was named after the 28th President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson; however, it was later changed to Castor Gardens Middle School, which is the name of the neighborhood in which the building is located.

This historic school building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.[1]

Present day

On November 14, 2017, the school was placed on lockdown at 1:45 p.m. due to reports of a gun in the school. Police surrounded the school and moved from classroom to classroom to search for the reported gun and later that same afternoon to dismiss classes. The lockdown was officially declared over at 5:23 p.m. No one was hurt and no gun was found. On March 15, 2019, the school was placed on lockdown again, this time for approximately two hours due to reports that a teenage boy had brought three live rounds of ammunition into the building. Police took the alleged suspect into custody. No weapon was found inside the school and no one was hurt during the incident.

Castor Gardens Middle School has been a certified International Baccalaureate School since 2012.

References

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System – (#86003347)". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System. Note: This includes B. Mintz (July 1986). "Pennsylvania Historic Resource Survey Form: Woodrow Wilson Junior High School" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-06-16.