April 06, 2004
Somebody once thought it fitting that the high school named after the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. look more like a bunker or a warehouse than a place of learning. Its rough block and rusted-over steel facade seem hardly welcoming, despite the faint ''United We Stand'' that lingers in huge sticky tape outlines on the windows overlooking Amsterdam Avenue. ''They used to call it the brutalist era,'' said Richard Kahan as he glanced up at the building. ''Hard, tough materials. It wasn't about being pretty.''