Jules E. Mastbaum Area Vocational Technical School 9-12

W. David Bowman, Ed.D.

3116 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia PA 19134
Phone: 215-291-4703

Our Origins

Our Origins

Our History

Some people claim that the history of Mastbaum Vocational-Technical School begins with its opening.  Others believe that it has its beginnings in the efforts of a small group of far-seeing men who sought to establish a fully equipped vocational school for the boys and girls of Philadelphia.  Outstanding in that group was Dr William Ziegler of the Board of Public Education.  Given the privilege of selecting a name for the school he chose Jules E. Mastbaum, whose life he hoped would prove an inspiration to vocational students.

Jules E. Mastbaum

Jules  Ephraim Mastbaum was born in July 6,1872, into a well-to-do family.  He graduated at the age of seventeen from Central Manual Training School of this city, and then he attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
His first job was working at Gimbel Brothers Department Store in Danville, Illinois.  He worked his way to become a buyer.  In 1901, he left Gimbel Brothers and with his brother, Stanley, and Alfred w. Fleisher, he ventured into real estate. In 1905, he invested in the motion picture industry and became president of the famous Stanley Company of America.
While in Europe, he became very much interested in the work of Auguste Rodin and began collecting originals of recasts of the work of that great sculptor.  The famous collection, assembled during his lifetime and now housed in the Rodin Museum in the Parkway, was his gift to Philadelphia. He was a great lover of music and a patron to the Philadelphia Orchestra.
 Jules e. Mastbaum