History

Everything is related to the year 1921, when the Red Cross of the American Youth founded by desire and needs of the Albanian people, the "Albanian Vocational School", the first and the only of its kind for a long time. Over the years it will be known as the Technical School of Tirana. The Red Cross of the American Youth built a model program for technical assistance, aiming to establish an institute as "Robert College" even in Albania.

"For the success of the School, I will make available everything valuable I have" – said John Krol with his particular passion; one of the originators of the school creation. Taking into consideration the purpose of Tirana Technical School to become the first class institute, its management should be led by a person with experience, an enthusiastic man, with healthy judgment, perfect personality, and an initiator". This would be Harry Trevlin Fultz, then 34 years, Professor of Mechanical Arts at the University of Chicago, Professor of postgraduate teaching in the College of Education, graduated for science from “Armour” the institute of technology.

"For the success of the School, I will make available everything valuable I have" – said John Krol with his particular passion; one of the originators of the school creation. Taking into consideration the purpose of Tirana Technical School to become the first class institute, its management should be led by a person with experience, an enthusiastic man, with healthy judgment, perfect personality, and an initiator". This would be Harry Trevlin Fultz, then 34 years, Professor of Mechanical Arts at the University of Chicago, Professor of postgraduate teaching in the College of Education, graduated for science from “Armour” the institute of technology.

October, 1922: Harry Fultz arrives in Tirana. He will guide the Technical School until 1933. His talent as a lecturer and administrator and his inexhaustible optimism were crucial for the existence, revitalization and growth of the school. Fultz along with A. Hollingshead, among the first members of teaching staff together with other Albanian - American instructors, with full awareness devoted themselves to students and the education issue in Albania. Technical School students were awarded with special theoretical and practical knowledge, through a wide range of professional programs. The school had a powerhouse that gave light to the city, its printing house, undertook construction projects, and developed numerous sports & cultural activities, as well the newspaper known as "Laboremus". Through quality programs, school graduates were admitted to universities recognized by United States and Europe.

In 1921 - 32 students got registered.

In 1932 - 1933 - 500 students got registered; 150 students got graduated, the majority was employed in state organs or different economic sectors in the country. Thus, the Technical School of Tirana, the director and its staff played a considerable role for the education of young people with a profound sense of patriotism, discipline, love and respect for the work and its people, to arouse in them the belief that construction of modern and progressive Albania was a real possibility. "Try to make Albania the worth living place" – said Harry Fultz.

1933: The school was nationalized as began to exert a major influence in Albanian society, along with other foreign schools in Albania

1947: The school was renamed "The Polytechnic November 7th" and kept its technical profile. The school continued to prepare specialist in different fields of economy through the programs of academic subjects combined with practical programs and extracurricular activities. Positive image of the American Technical School in Tirana was deeply embedded in people minds despite attempts to discredit or minimize its importance. This was reflected after 1990, at the time of major democratic changes.

1992: The Albanian - American Foundation “Harry Fultz” got established in United States, with Chairwoman Mrs. Johan Fultz Khontos. The purpose of this foundation was to support the school to walk in the traditions of Technical School in Tirana, in the same way that Harry Fultz had begun; full preparation of young people and their contribution to the development of modern Albania.