Brooklyn Technical High School was the dream of Dr. Albert L. Colston, mathematics department chair at Manual Training High School. In the aftermath of World War I, Dr. Colston believed the country needed a better trained technical work force. On October 18, 1918, he presented a paper to the Brooklyn Engineers’ Club recommending the establishment of a technical high school for Brooklyn boys. Dr. Colston envisioned a high school with a heavy concentration in math, science, drafting and shops- a school with parallel paths leading either to college or industry. His concept was approved and implemented at manual Training in 1919 and in the spring of 1922, the Board of Education approved the establishment of Brooklyn Technical High School. Dr. Colston along with 40 Manual Training teachers established the new school in a converted warehouse at 49 Flatbush Avenue Extension . Dr. Colston was named principal. In a short time, Brooklyn Tech expanded to several annexes located on Bridge Street, Kosciusko Street and Ryerson Street , now PS 5, 69 and 74, respectively. In 1927, the Board of Education approved the construction of a new building and on September 17, 1930, ground was broken by Mayor Jimmy Walker at 29 Fort Greene Place. In the fall of 1933, the building was ready for partial occupancy. The hallmark or the education program developed by Dr. Colston was a curriculum that consisted of 2 years if general studies with a technical and mechanical emphasis, followed by two years of specialization in one of several majors: Technical College Prep, Architecture and Building Construction, Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical or Structural engineering. For more about the history of Brooklyn Tech, visit the school’s website.
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