Exploring The Ruins of Philadelphia’s Public School System: Inside 3 Recently Abandoned Philly Public High Schools with Austin Hodges
(Photos by Austin Hodges)
Over the past few months, Philly photographer/Instagrammer, Austin Hodges, has been documenting a number of local public schools that have been closed and left abandoned in the city of Philadelphia. This week, he was kind enough to send me the photos from three of his explorations. And , as you can see, they only seem to highlight the desperate state of public education in this city.
At the request of the photographer, I’m not naming any of the schools photographed in this post. However, they are separated into 3 groups, starting with the first school above.
Austin also asked me to mention that none of these photographs would have been possible without the help of fellow Philly photographer/Instagrammer, @dday521, who also boasts an awesome collection of graffiti and urbex photos. If, for some reason you’re not already, I HIGHLY recommend you follow these two guys on Instagram.
I can not say enough how much these photos have moved me. As a Philadelphia public school kid myself (a graduate of Adaire Elementary and Central High School,) I have a lot invested in the health and vitality of our city’s schools. As I’m sure many of you do. And, I suppose it goes without saying, we have a long way to go to get our public schools on the right track.
More photos below…