The “Castle of the Hill”, a 2017 10 Most Endangered Historic Place in NJ is in jeopardy of being lost forever. Demolition has begun on the Camden High School Annex. The good news is, the Schools Development Authority (SDA) has agreed to hold off demolishing the significant portions of the building until objectors have exhausted court and other injunctive processes. The bad news, the State Review Board removed the Camden High School State Register listing from its November 9th agenda. The Camden High School PTO filed for an injunction to stop the demolition. The case was heard in US District Court on November 23rd. Unfortunately, Judge Robert Kugler declared the the plaintiffs (the Camden High School Alumni Association and the Camden High School PTO) failed to demonstrate how razing the school would cause “concrete injury” to either party, and dismissed the case.
The objectors will continue to seek relief in the State Courts. If you would like to help the Camden High School Alumni Association and the Camden High School PTO with legal fees, they have started a GoFundMe page to make tax-deductible contributions.
Effort to save Camden High from demolition suffers setback in federal court – Courier Post
Op-ed: In Camden, the fix is in for a beloved Castle – WHYY
With excavators ready, state board won’t consider historic-site status for Camden High School – Philly.com
Camden High alumni in last-ditch effort to save it from demolition – Phlly.com