South Bend Studebaker Building Is Home To New Purdue Polytechnic High School

Mar 22, 2020

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A polytechnic high school is set to become the newest tenant in a massive South Bend building that once served as the Studebaker Corp.'s main assembly plant.

The Purdue Polytechnic High School South Bend will open its doors this fall to 125 ninth-grade students at the former automotive plant that's part of entrepreneur

Kevin Smith’s Renaissance District technology park. Studebaker shuttered its automotive assembly line in 1963, leaving 25,000 people unemployed.

The new charter school aims to enroll low-income and minority students. It'll be located above an area where Purdue currently has a polytechnic college site.