Hughes High School is the second oldest high school in the Cincinnati public school system. The school was named after Thomas Hughes, a cobbler who willed his property to the city in order to educate the poor. The original Hughes High School was built in 1853 and located on Fifth and Mound Streets. In 1910 a new school was built at the current location in University Heights. Designed by J. Walter Stevens, the school is of a Tudor Revival Collegiate with a 425-foot tower. The building exterior is lined with grotesques, which represent various disciplines like chemistry, geography, athletics, and history. The interior features colorful Rookwood drinking fountains. Over the years, the school has expanded and underwent a complete renovation in 2008.
The school also goes by Hughes Center and is a college preparatory school and has programs like STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) and the Zoo Academy – a partnership with the Cincinnati Zoo that teaches students about wildlife.
Hughes High School
2515 Clifton Avenue, CUF