315 North 7th Street, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
“The burgeoning population of grammar school children quickly burst the seams of the original schoolhouse, requiring them to attend in half-day shifts. High-Schoolers would continue to travel to Las Vegas, a fifty-six mile round trip every school day, until a permanent high school was opened in Boulder City in 1941.” Page 269
In Real Life:
The high school all those kids were bused to – as Michael Hiltzik says in Colossus – turns out to be quite a thing. It’s a fantastic example of the Art Deco Style of Architecture. Las Vegas High School opened in the fall of 1931 just about when the Hoover Dam project brought a rush of people to the Las Vegas area. The high school and the neighborhood surrounding it offer a glimpse into early Las Vegas. The neighborhood is actually called the Las Vegas High School Neighborhood and its significance is spelled out on a marker in front of the school. The High School is no longer used as a high school. The building is now something else – the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing, and Visual Arts.