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Benjamin Bosse High School

Bosse High School
Bosse High School

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1300 Washington Ave
Evansville, IN 47714

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1924 Bosse HS opens
1993-2000 Major renovation keeps original style intact


North side of Washington Ave between Harlan Ave and Lodge Ave
District: Lincolnshire
Latitude: 37.96335887
Longitude: -87.53999591
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Style: Collegiate Gothic
Architect: Llewellyn, Joseph C (Chicago)


Bosse, named after Evansville mayor Benjamin Bosse, became the city's third high school. Bosse was built between 1923-1924 to serve the expanding population to the east of downtown. The school opened its doors to juniors from Old Central on January 29, 1924 and graduated its first class in 1925. It even served as an elementary school (Bosse Elementary) until Washington Elementary opened in 1937.

additions 1927 1958 1966 1968

A major renovation from 1993 to 2000 maintained the same STYLE as the original building. Bosse High School exemplifies how a historic school can be functional while remaining an architectural showpiece.


With Central High School dowtown and because of its location, Bosse was sometimes referred to as East High School or East Side High School.

Bosse Field was also named after Mayor Bosse

See also Schools / Education Lincolnshire district

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