Morris High School celebrates its 100th anniversary

Hundreds of people showed up Sunday to celebrate Morris High School's 100th anniversary.

Classmates from as far back as 1930 traveled from all over the country to gather in the school gym and reminisce over old yearbooks. During the celebration, alumni heard a taped address from Secretary of State Colin Powell, who graduated from Morris High School in 1954. Current students say seeing and hearing from alumni inspires them.

The school, built in 1904, is located at 1150 Boston Road. Officials say it was the first high school in the Bronx and the first racially integrated school in the entire city.

According to officials, Morris High School was almost condemned in the 1980s because of extreme disrepair. The school was restored and gained landmark status in 1982.

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