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The Deep End: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Central High School swimming pool." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Central High School swimming pool." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.


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Down the Drain at Cardozo

Central High is now called Cardozo. I found this article about the closing of the pool, and there is a modern day photo of the pool at the end of the article, and you can greatly enlarge the "Tradition of Pride" photo. Um, still scary--but the mosaic numbers are still intact.

Re: The Horse Pit

Thank you for sharing that story-would make a hilarious scene in a movie!

Central High School correctional institution

I didn't realize they had swimming facilities in PRISON.

Oh dear

I'm going to assume the walls are a bright, cheery combination of pastel yellow and coral, the pool tiles are a lovely ocean blue, and the ceiling... well, we just won't look up.

Hey, the water is very clear. I do really love clear water. But I'm getting a touch of Inception-itis staring into this pool.

This is now the Cardozo pool

Lived pretty close to here. Used the facility for bathing purposes (to many people at home)and got in a good swim to boot. Actually, learned to swim here. Also to hold my breath for long periods under water. I was an asthmatic, but not after Cardozo.

Just Surreal!

Goodness, what with the reflections and calm, clear water….. it's hard for me
to tell topsy from turvy. One thing for sure though: I don't like this place very much.

The horse pit

My granddaddy decided to build a pool for all the grandkids in the late '60s - took a backhoe and dug a really deep pit (15 feet) and formed up the sides with plywood and poured concrete - didn't smooth or sand it or anything. It cut our feet to shreds. He didn't make any steps or anything - just put an aluminum ladder in it. A couple months later a neighbor's horse fell in and drowned. Granddaddy took the backhoe and filled in the pool -- horse and all. Still the biggest horse tomb in East Texas.

Grim Swim

Depressing dip.

Looks Familiar

The swimming pool at Catholic U. in D.C. was also in the basement of the gym (now the architecture department) and the proximity of overhead beams posed the same problems when using the diving board. You had to gauge your "lift" very carefully.

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