Opened in 1904, McKinley High School was the city’s first south side public high school. Between 1890 and 1900 the city’s population increased nearly 30%, the demand for larger, geographically spread public schools was at an all time high. Like many of the city’s early 20th century brick school buildings, McKinley was designed by William B. Ittner, featuring some of his best architecture. The building shares many similar features of Washington University’s Brooking’s Hall–itself completed in 1903. As you will see below, McKinley opened to great fanfare in the newspapers. It also suffered pie problems.
(St. Louis Republic, 5/24/1903)
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/3/1904)
The following link brings you to Rob Powers’ beautiful visual tour of Ittner school buildings across the city including McKinley High School. Powers’ blog is no longer updated. You can visit the school building tour by clicking here.
You can find more writing on Ittner at Cameron Collins’ blog, Distilled History by clicking on this link here.
More general information on the school as well as others in the surrounding neighborhood can be found at the city’s website which draws from Norbury Wyman’s city histories. You can find that by clicking right here.