The Broadway School is located along Broadway in Hazard, Kentucky, and was constructed in 1912 as the first Hazard public school specific to high school students.1 It was built as a partnership between the city and county. Prior to its completion, Perry County did not have any public high schools.1 Kentucky’s legislature passed a law in that year that required every county to have a high school, though attendance was optional.
In 1925, a new high school was constructed on Baker Street, and the Broadway School Building was used as a grade school and became known as the Lower Broadway Building.1 2 At the time, the city school system was using the former Hazard Baptist Institute for additional classroom space, but when the Roy G. Eversole School was completed further up Broadway in 1963, both the Lower Broadway Building and the Hazard Baptist Institute Building was no longer needed.
The structure was then reused for Hazard Community College in its infancy.1 It remained at the site until a new facility was constructed along Kentucky Route 15. The Broadway School Building was then used as an administrative office for Hazard Independent School and Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative. The administrative offices for the school district relocated on October 16, 2006 3 and the Cooperative vacated in 2007.2
In July 2012, the school board elected to sell the building due to its deterioration with the condition that the new owners demolish the structure.1 The only bid was by the Housing Development Alliance for $1,000, which was accepted on July 19. Four to five new residences are scheduled to be constructed on the two-acre site.2[/stag_one_half] [stag_one_half_last]