BRIDGEPORT — World War I was raging in 1916, and the Park City was booming.
The city’s arms factories were working around the clock to support the war effort. The population soared, and along with it, the number of city schools. The average class size was 42. Portable classrooms were not uncommon.
Mayor Clifford B. Wilson declared in Bridgeport’s annual municipal register that the city could not dispense with building one — or more — grammar schools each year.
“I would recommend the board at once provide sites for new school buildings,” Wilson said.
Plans for a new high school were already under way. Finishing touches were being put on Hall School on the East Side. Schools all over town were getting additions, and on May 8, 1916, the city’s Board of Education authorized a committee working on what was at first called the Wayne Street School, to proceed with plans and work.
----From Connecticut Post article By Linda Conner Lambeck Monday, June 20, 2016