Duluth Denfeld High School

A lithographic postcard of Duluth’s Denfeld High School made some time before 1925. (Image: Zenith City Press)

4405 West 4th Street | Abraham Holstead & William J. Sullivan, Architects | Built: 1926 | Extant

Built in a style dubbed Collegiate English Gothic, Denfeld High School (home of the Hunters) reflects Renaissance ideals. The building is shaped like an H with a rising clock tower that stands for “aspiring idealism.” The building’s eight buttresses were intended to represent “the eight types of human beings who supported the human kingdom: masters, rulers, philanthropists, philosophers, magicians, scientists, devotees, and artists.” Stone carvings of Renaissance symbolism adorn the school. The building is still in use as a high school today; it takes its name from Robert E. Denfeld, Duluth’s superintendent of schools for over thirty years beginning in 1885. In 2014 the building underwent radical modifications and expansion by additions.

Postcard, date unknown, showing an aerial view of Denfeld High School’s original “H” shape. (Image: Zenith City Press)

Story by Tony Dierckins. Originally published on Zenith City Online (2012–2017). Click here for more stories by Tony Dierckins.