Opened in time for the start of the 1909 academic year, Soldan High School was hailed by many for its attractive design and spacious corridors. The design reflects architectural genius of William B. Ittner, responsible for many of the school district’s stunning brick facades. The school as named for the former superintendent of the St. Louis School District, Frank Louis Soldan.
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/7/1909)
The following link brings you to Rob Powers’ beautiful visual tour of Ittner school buildings across the city including Soldan 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 Powers’ blog is no longer updated.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 similar Ittner designed schools (Clark) in the 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.
Last but not least you can find various photographs of the school building and class pictures by clicking here. This will take you to the old (it’s being updated) Western Manuscripts Photo database where you can search for “soldan high school” as the url just won’t link correctly.