Faculty Row and Animal Spirits

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Artist: Robert Garrison

Date: 1924

Location: South High School

Collection: Public Art

Artwork Type: Carving

Material: Frieze

Description: South High School was designed following the Romanesque trend and (like Rockefeller Center) is adorned by local sculptor Robert Garrison. The two friezes above the main west door are entitled "Faculty Row" and "Animal Spirits." The first, on the exterior of the building, shows the principal in the center of a line of the entire faculty. On his right is the assistant principal, and the now nonexistent dean of girls is on his left. The second frieze, directly above the doors, depicts creatures that symbolize unscholarly behavior such as rubber-band shooting and gum chewing.