An ancient building, erected in one of the historical neighbourhoods of Kharkiv in the early 20th century. Several generations of Ukrainians have studied at this school for more than a hundred years.
School No. 7 is located in Zaikivka, one of the historical neighbourhoods of Kharkiv. Its story began in 1883, when the city developed rapidly. It was this year that the City Council launched a fundraising campaign for the construction of a primary and secondary school building.
In 1900, the city administration finally bought three adjacent land plots with a total area of 4,550 m² from Andrii Kvitka, a well-known Kharkiv landowner at the time. Six years later (from 1906 to 1907), the administration constructed an educational building designed by Borys Korniienko, the Kharkiv city architect.
Four schools were founded in the building at once and later, in 1914, became part of the 4th Complex City School named after Kostiantyn Ushynsky. In addition to basic disciplines, carpentry was taught here. In the same year, 1914, one more tier designed by another Kharkiv architect, Oleksii Lynnyk, was added to the building.
This is how the building acquired its modern look. Since 1949, it has become a Secondary General Education School No. 7. The institution worked until the start of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine in the late winter of 2022. The explosions of Russian bombs and artillery rounds drowned out the schoolchildren’s voices.
As a result of the shelling on March 14 and 27, the facades and windows of the building were damaged.
The site that once held memories of the happiest childhood years may now turn into a memory itself.
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