Friday, May 14, 2010

Las Vegas Academy

Las Vegas AcademyThe Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing & Visual Arts was formed in the early 1990s at the former Las Vegas High School when a new LVHS campus was established in another part of Las Vegas at East Sahara & Hollywood.

The old Las Vegas High School was built in Art Deco style and opened in 1930. It is now an Historic Landmark on the United States Register of Historic Places.

The school is beautifully decorated, especially around the main entrance and the side entrance on Bridger. At the main entrance the decoration surrounding the door includes frogs, fish, birds, snakes, rabbits and cherub-like figures.

Las Vegas Academy

Above the door, the decoration includes two kneeling students and a grapevine.

The other doorway, in my opinion, gives an overall impression of an owl although it is made up of intertwined vines and flowers. There are several birds perched on the limbs and right at the top an owl with its wings spread.

Las Vegas Academy

Another interesting aspect of LVHS are the Senior Squares at the base of the main steps. They were painted each year by the graduating senior class and are the subject of a recent restoration project.

Reference: LVHS History by Patty Haack, LHVS Class of 1956, downloaded from maintained by Richard 'Woody' Woodward, LVHS '70

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