school that is now duPont Manual High School is a combination of two separate
historic schools, the Louisville Girls High School and the duPont Manual Boys
Training High School. The two schools
official merger took place in 1950. The
Youth Performing Arts School was added in 1978 and duPont Manual became an
official Magnet High School in 1984. The
current building opened in 1933 and was considered an architectural “gem” with
its Collegiate Gothic structure.
duPont Manual High School is an optional,
comprehensive high school offering unique academic programs for qualified
students with special interests, talents, and ambitions. The Magnet High School
offers motivated students the opportunity to combine strong academics with
specialized instruction in one of five component areas: High School University;
Visual Arts; Journalism & Communications; Youth Performing Arts School; and
Mathematics Science and Technology. The Advance Program is also available for
eligible students. Through a working relationship with the University of
Louisville, qualified students in all programs may take college courses for
credit while attending duPont Manual. Students have access to more College
Board Advanced Placement courses at Manual than at any school in Kentucky. The campus is located directly across from the
University of Louisville Belknap Campus in the heart of “Old Louisville” and is
part of an educational complex which includes the duPont Manual High School
building, Noe Middle School, the Youth Performing Arts School Main Building and
the Youth Performing Arts School Sam Meyers Hall Building.
Youth Performing Arts School is one of five magnet
programs offered at duPont Manual. Any
eighth grade student within Jefferson County may audition for the school in the
areas of Dance, Theatre, Musical Theatre, Design and Production, Band,
Orchestra, Choir, and Piano. The center
of the YPAS building is the 886-seat formal proscenium theatre with state of
the art production equipment and capabilities.
In addition, a 200 seat Experimental Theatre offers more intimate
performances of small dramas, chamber concerts, recitals and workshops. The main YPAS building was originally built
as a location to house the Louisville Youth Choir and the Louisville Youth
Orchestra. Jefferson County Public
Schools later bought the building and opened as a school in 1978.
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