Western New York Heritage

Technical High School Football - 1923

Technical High School, c 1935. Image source: private collection.

Technical High School, or "Tech" as it was called, was one of a number of vocational high schools built in the early 20th century. This building opened in 1915; it operated its vocational program until 1954, after which the building served as a junior high school and, in 1976, as The Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts. (School information from "School Days of Yesterday: Buffalo Public School History," by G. Morton Weed. )

Source for this and the following images: WNY Heritage Sunday Express Collection.

"Coach Phelan tells the boys some fundamental principles of the game."

"Waite takes a slant across the field."

"Signals, 92, 67, 45, 32, 89, 56, 34, 78, 4, 11, 44, Hike! After that, whatever happens, happens."

"Line gets instructions for one of those trick plays."

"We don't know what this is about, but whatever it is is good."

"Frost, Oswald and Goetz hear the photographer say, look pleasant, please."

The athletes are wearing the soft leather helmets made in the 1910s, possibly Goldsmith brand. Helmets were optional during games until the 1930s.