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Miami High School
Miami, Arizona


Description: Miami High School and addition
Address: Miami, Gila County, Arizona
Type: educational: high school
Original Client: J.O Elliott, superintendent of school
Date: high school, 1916; addition-1922
Condition: demolished

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Contractors: J.J.Garfield (1916)
Dimensions and Orientation: two stories with elevated ground floor
Budget/Cost: $75,000

Foundation: concrete
Wall Materials: plastered
Roofing Materials: flat
Other Materials Used:
Remodeling and Additions: 1922; 1929-1930

Location of Drawings: El Paso Public Library: Ponsford 470, photograph of rendering of façade; Ponsford 644, 645, 646, machine copies of ground plans; Ponsford 638, 639, 640, machine copies of ground plans for addition
Location of Documentary Photographs: El Paso Public Library: Ponsford 469, perspective view; Ponsford 471, facade; Ponsford 377, perspective view including addition

Bibliography: (1)El Paso Herald, December 29, 1922 page 16 speaks of bids being asked for addition
2) El Paso Herald, November 29, 1922 addition on to the school
3) Arizona Republic, Sunday November 1, 1953 page 4 $500,000 Fire
4) Miami Arizona, Saturday March 18, 1916
5) El Paso Herald, Friday May 7, 1915 page7
Remarks: In 1915, J.O. Elliott superintendent from the Arizona Miami school district hired the firm of Trost & Trost to prepare plans for the new Miami High School, at a cost of $75,000. The new school building was to be erected on land donated by the Miami Copper Company. The school was completed in March of 1916 and students from the auditorium building on Sullivan Street soon moved into the new high school.
In 1922, an addition to the overcrowded high school was added at a cost of $100,000. Trost & Trost drew the plans for the addition.
On October 31, 1953 a fire started in the boiler room and engulfed the west wing of the school. The fire was believed to have started in the automatic gas furnaces between the east and west wings. The cost for damages was estimated at $500,000. The high school was rebuilt from the plans of a local architect. The high school was eventually demolished and replace by an apartment complex.

Prepared for the El Paso Public Library by Lloyd C. and June F. Engelbrecht under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1990.