Central High School, Broad and Green Streets

March 7, 2012 | by Peter Woodall

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Peter Woodall Peter Woodall is the Project Director of Hidden City Philadelphia. He is a graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Journalism, and a former newspaper reporter with the Biloxi Sun Herald and the Sacramento Bee. He worked as a producer for Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane and wrote a column about neighborhood bars for PhiladelphiaWeekly.com.


  1. Jeffrey Shallit says:

    Any date associated with this postcard?

  2. Peter Woodall says:

    Hard to say without looking at the back, but I’d guess around 1910.

  3. Eric says:

    Any idea which corner of Broad and Green?

    1. Michael Bixler says:

      Hi Eric. It was at 550 North Broad Street. It was torn down in 1961. Benjamin Franklin High School stands in its place.

      1. Joe Kane says:

        According to google maps, 550 Broad is the SE corner of Broad & Green while Ben Franklin HS is on the NW corner. Is this correct?

        1. Michael Bixler says:

          Hey Joe,

          The second location of Central was at southeast corner of Broad and Green Streets. I believe this postcard depicts the third location of Central which was at Broad, Green, 15th, and Brandywine Streets.

          550 N. Broad Street is the address of Ben Franklin High School: https://www.philasd.org/bfhs/

  4. Diane Wilson says:

    [email protected]
    This pic is from 1904.

  5. brad says:

    Does anyone know what year this building was supposedly built ?

    Torn down in 1961 I think someone posted…

  6. John A. Moore says:

    My metal shop classes at Ben Franklin High were in an annex building across Broad Street from the main building pictured at sw cor Broad & Green, where had my academic classes. 550 North Broad sounds about right for the main building. Even numbers are on west side of Broad Street. Both were between Brandywine & Green.

  7. John A. Moore says:

    Also attended Standard Evening High School classes in that building, as did many other military veterans going there on the GI Bill.

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