The National Parks Service designated Howard High School a National Historic Landmark in 2005. The school was awarded landmark status because of its association with the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court Ruling. Howard was cited in Belton v. Gebhart, one of the five cases combined under the Brown case. In 1960, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his only public speech in the state at the Howard High School auditorium.
Howard High School was renamed Howard High School of Technology in 1993 and underwent a complete renovation from 2016-2018. Today, the school still serves the public and has been doing so for over 150 years.