History of Percy Julian Middle School
Originally built in 1901 as 64th Street School and later known as Hawthorne School, it was named for Julian in the 1980s. The new structure opened in September 2002.
Who is Percy Lavon Julian?
Born April 11, 1899, in Montgomery, Alabama, Percy L. Julian is best known for his achievements in chemistry, producing chemicals in the laboratory previously only available from nature. His work with chemicals used to make sex hormones led to improved treatment for some forms of cancer and pregnancy disorders. These and other chemicals Dr. Julian produced in the laboratory, including cortisone, which relieves arthritis pain, became less expensive to manufacture and more widely available through his research. Julian passed away in Chicago, Illinois on April 19, 1975.
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