Throwback Thursday: Back to school at Twin Lakes High


Students enjoying a lunchtime break in front of Twin Lakes High School in May 1984 were among the last to graduate from that school — at least while it had the name Twin Lakes.

The school now known as the Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts has a long history.

Central School was the first school on "The Hill," built in 1908 to replace a four-room schoolhouse located a half-mile to the northeast, at Clematis Street and Dixie Highway. Parents at the time worried about sending their children so far out of town into the wilderness, and residents wondered if the town would ever grow into the school.

It did. A new high school building — Palm Beach High School — opened there in 1915. A third building was added in 1922, and a fourth in 1927.

In 1970 the school changed its name to Twin Lakes, which closed in June 1988. It briefly operated as Palm Beach Lakes High until that school’s new campus opened in 1989, then remained vacant until 1997 when it reopened as the Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts.



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