Trenton Central High School

Trenton Central High School - Built in 1932, the Georgian Revival style brick school building is monumental in scale, with a central colonnaded portico and bell tower.

When the new Trenton Central High School opened in 1932, the school accepted both
white and Black students, as had its predecessor. Problems arose quickly around the
swimming pool, however, as the school policy limited the accessibility of the pool for
African-American students. In 1933, Black leaders filed a lawsuit to gain equal access
to the pool, with Robert Queen as the attorney. The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled
in favor of the Black students. The case was a first step toward desegregating
Trenton’s schools; Queen would later argue the landmark Hedgepeth-Williams case.

Address: 400 Chambers Street, Trenton, NJ 08609

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