Niagara Gazette


August 5, 2013

HIGGS: School bells are ringing again


Niagara Gazette — Called into action to serve his country again he served under General Nelson A. Miles in Puerto Rico which culminated in the formal transfer of the island to the U.S. in 1898 at the end of the Spanish-American War. He spent considerable sums of his own resources in his industrial ventures and in the aftermath of the panic of 1893 he lost practically all he had accumulated. He suffered from ill health and a paralytic stroke but his spirits and mental faculties remained intact until his death at age 78 on October 8, 1919, in Memorial Hospital and is interred at Oakwood Cemetery with other historically regarded former citizens.

It was not difficult for the board of education to name this new junior high school in his honor. Opened in 1931 it was necessary to accommodate overcrowded conditions at existing facilities. A four-story brick building with 61 classrooms, an auditorium, gym and pool cost $905,046.29 with an additional $50,000 investment in new stairwells in 1970. The first principal was James H. Erwin who went on to become deputy superintendent of schools in 1945. Robert L. Bradley Jr. is the current principal.

Norma Higgs serves with the Niagara Beautification Commission and Niagara Falls Block Club Council.

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