|This is the oldest
Schuylkill Haven school
memorabilia in my
possession. It is the
program from the 1897
|The ceremony was
held at Metamora Hall
which is the current
Home on Main Street.
|A Brief History
|To the left is an
example of the
headgear worn by
band members of the
patches from the
1950's and band
patches from 1933 and
1941 are shown at
|Schuylkill Haven is the home of the "Blue and Gold"
but classes of 1928,1935 and 1936 apparently
preferred their class colors for their class pennants.
|The bell from the East Ward school
on Union Street is now displayed at
the Elementary Center. A plaque
states that the bell was in service
from August 17, 1923 until May of
|On the left is the high school on Haven Street as it originally appeared. On the right is the same school
later renovated after the fire of 1937.
|Here are pictures of the three elementary schools. At the upper left is the South Ward building on Parkway. At
the upper right is the East Ward building at High and Union Streets. Below is the North Ward building on Dock
Street. **Note that these cards did not scan well and are better viewed by clicking on each thumbnail.
|THE NEW HIGH SCHOOL
|These photos show the High School as it was built. At top left is a photo of the grounds in August of 1968. Apparently at one time,
the Almshouse (Rest Haven), used the field to plant potatoes. At bottom left, the construction is in progress. In the top right photo,
the school is nearing completion in March of 1969. The lower photo on the right shows the finished project in October of 1969.
|LAST UPDATED: AUGUST 12
|Clicking on this photo will improve
it's clarity. Prior to million dollar
turf, field houses and new
bleachers and lights, Rotary Field
served the "Hurricanes" in
|BLUE & GOLD
|The Blue and Gold annual yearbook was first published at Schuylkill Haven High School in 1923 and continues
today. In 1920, it was called Panorama and in 1921 it was called the Oriflamme. At left, click on the photo to see
the intent of the first staff and on the right are three examples of the annual including the 1923 first volume.
|Uniforms have changed since these early photos of Schuylkill Haven
basketball teams: the girl's team of 1922-23 above and the boy's team
of 1911-1912 at right.
|This aerial photograph from 2004 shows
the high school at the top with the
elementary center on the left and the
football field at the bottom
|A large number of photographs from the 1976
and 1977 Schuylkill Haven Blue and Gold
yearbooks have just been added.
|Pottsville Republican of October 27, 1931
HAVEN SCHOOL CORNERSTONE CONTENTS ARE INTERESTING
Newspapers, old by-laws, names of officials, money, etc., found in the cornerstone of the old east ward school building at Schuylkill
Haven, which has now been entirely torn down were found and are most interesting to native citizens. They are now on display and will in
a few days be enclosed in glass for preservation. A gold dollar is among the coins. A slip of paper states that Henry Saylor was burgess,
Philip- Boyer, Moses Reed, Daniel Lavenburg, David Lewis and a man named Shultz were councilmen. The cornerstone was laid in
August, 1850 and the service of the Masonic fraternity was used. The building cost $7000 and the funds were largely raised with
subscriptions of citizens from fifty dollars up. The Schuylkill Haven paper then was named the Schuylkill Haven Map. Many of the firms,
advertising are still remembered by citizens of today. Market quotations showed wheat at $1.18 per bushel, eggs were ten cents per
dozen, whiskey sold for twenty five cents per gallon. The population of the borough then was 2061 with 471 dwellings and 497 families. In
1850 to that time, 46 couples were married, 423 pupils attended school and there were 315 persons over thirty years of age who could
neither read nor write. Of the fraternity bylaws placed in the cornerstone, Carroll Lodge Number 120, I. O. O. F. is the only surviving
order. Rates for coal freight on the canal were given as twenty five cents per ton to Hamburg, up to seventy two cents per ton to
Manayunk and Philadelphia.
|Here are two
programs from the
team. The example at
left is from the
Minersville game of
September 16, 1955
and on the right is a
program from a game
with Cass Township
on October 1, 1954,
apparently won 25-0
according to the
pencil marks of the
|In 1953, the Schuylkill Haven football team won the first of many Eastern Conference championships. It was the first championship in
this conference for the school. On December 5, 1953, Rotary Field held it's first championship game. Coach Bill Stauffer's Southern
Division champs defeated the Northern Division champ, Scranton Tech, 28-6. Below is a ticket from that important game.
INFO FROM MIKE TRACEYS BOOK "HISTORY OF SCHUYLKILL HAVEN FOOTBALL"
|Pottsville Republican of January 6, 1916
$60,000 FOR SCHUYLKILL HAVEN SCHOOL
At the meeting of the Schuylkill Haven School Board on Wednesday evening, Frank X. Reilly of Pottsville, was awarded the contract to
draw up plans for the new high school building to be erected in that town. Two other with schools and public buildings, the board
decided to award the contract to him at the rate of four percent, which will be $2400 or more. The new building will cost in the
neighborhood of $60,000 and when completed will cost about $68,000.
The building will be erected on Haven Street and will be a two story building with a basement to be used for school purposes. In the
basement will be a gymnasium and manual training room, both of which will be fitted up with modern equipment. On the first floor will be
five or six rooms, a hall separating; on the top floor there will be three more rooms and a large auditorium, which will be used for all
public affairs of the high school, also for commencement. The building will be of brick with stone trimmings and will be a modern building
in every respect. It is proposed to make it one of the finest in the county and the board desires that everything be done to have the
building compare favorably with any high school building in the county. A meeting of the board will be held on Friday evening at which
Architect Reilly will be present with a set of plans and if the board adopts the plans, bids will be asked and work started on the building in
|The Call of October 4, 1929
ATHLETIC FIELD TO BE FORMALLY OPENED SATURDAY
The much discussed and dreamed of High School Athletic Field will have become a reality when Schuylkill Haven High meets Pottsville
High on the new field next Saturday afternoon. No event in years has caused so much speculation among both students and citizens as
the opening of the field and the rivals who will assist in the dedication. The plot of ground was presented to the school district in 1925 by
the Rotary Club of Schuylkill Haven. At that time a committee of citizens raised some money for its improvement. In the fall of 1926, high
school students under the direction of Professor Madeira stage the play, "Audrey", which netted a sum of over five hundred dollars.
These two funds combined amounted to twelve hundred dollars and furnished the means for carrying out the work of grading of a part of
the plot which was in progress most of the summer.
Preliminary surveys were made possible throughout the voluntary services of Mr. George Butz of the Pennsylvania Highway Department.
As a result of the surveys, it was found that enough of the plot could be graded to provide for a first class gridiron. The present field is
the result of the action taken by the Athletic Field Committee, authorizing the work and placing it in the hands of Rotarians Harry F. Loy
and Clinton Confehr. The field is not complete in every respect but is a vast improvement over the gridiron on Island Park. Adequate
seating space in the form of bleachers will be erected and through future benefits of various kinds to be held annually it is hoped to
gradually equip the field and enclose it with a fence.
This plot of ground has the potentialities for a worthwhile community playground. The original plans call for should be possible to provide
new and better accommodations for the city league next summer. Coach Stauffer is working hard in getting his team in the pink of
condition for Saturday's game. The McAdoo and Port Carbon games afforded excellent opportunity for showing any weak spots and these
are receiving the attention of the coaches this week. Secret practice, something new for the squad, has been the order all week and the
opening whistle on Saturday will no doubt release a new bag of tricks on the wily visitors. No game in years has enlisted the general
interest of football fans in the community as this game has, and it bodes well for an interest in all school sports throughout the year. The
Girl's Glee Club will sing the Alma Mater and the Boy's High School Band will play and march to dedicate the field. Professor Madeira will
throw the ball to start the initial game.
Schuylkill Haven won the game 12-0.
|The Call of February 4, 1927
BOARD CLOSED SCHOOLS FOR FUMIGATION
Upon orders from the Board of Health, the school rooms in the East Ward of Schuylkill Haven were closed down Tuesday morning in order
that the same might be given a thorough cleansing and fumigation. This was deemed necessary in order to combat the threatened
spread of scarlet fever and other contagious diseases in this community. Other ward buildings are also to be closed down for a sufficient
number of days to provide for the proper fumigation and cleansing of all schools. The Haven Street building was closed down
Wednesday that it would be properly fumigated. In the meantime parents of all pupils are asked to cooperate with the Board of Health and
the Board of Education in this work by fumigating the home and clothing, also by freely distributing disinfectants on the premises. The
Board of Health reached the decision to close the schools at its meeting Monday evening after reports were heard showing that the
situation was more grave than had first been considered. It was shown by an actual investigation that on Monday afternoon nineteen
students were absent from school on account of chicken pox, six on account of scarlet fever and seventy five on account of other illness,
making a total of one hundred pupils or about ten percent of the total enrollment.
In the East Ward building the conditions appeared to be worthy of most consideration and definite drastic steps to prevent the spread of
disease. In all wards it was found that the rooms had not been fumigated or given any large amount of disinfectant since January 21st and
January 22nd. The situation was freely discussed by board members and it was the consensus of opinion that the health laws must be
more stringently enforced and complied with to the letter. The law requiring that children absent from school more then three days must
have an excuse from the attending physician or family physician before returning to school will be enforced. It is the duty of the truant
officer to investigate the absence of all pupils daily, that is, those whose absence has not already been explained.
The Health Officer reported that during the month forty one cases of chicken pox have been reported, eight cases of scarlet fever, one
case of scarletina and one case of diphtheria. The members of the board were rather chagrined to learn that they had unknowingly
permitted a dangerous procedure in the matter of the Junior Choir of the Cressona High School being in attendance at an entertainment
given in the High School auditorium last Thursday evening under the auspices of the Odd Fellows. The Cressona schools had been
closed last week on account of diphtheria being prevalent in that town.
|The Call of June 17, 1927
499 GRADUATED FROM HAVEN HIGH
Four hundred and ninety nine students have received diplomas from the Schuylkill Haven public schools since the first class of 1879. It is
interesting to note the steady increase in the number of graduates in the last several years. It would also be very interesting to know just
how many members of these graduating classes are living, how many reside in Schuylkill Haven and how many are now engaged in a
profession or how many are successful business executives. There were very few years since the first quartet of graduates stepped
from public school life into the world life before them, that did not see a class of graduates from our schools. We would welcome and our
readers surely would appreciate if we could republish any article covering any of the very early commencement exercises of our schools.
Perhaps some reader can supply such an article.
1879 4 1895 5 1908 7 1920 22
1880 6 1896 3 1909 11 1921 19
1881 1 1897 6 1910 11 1922 30
1882 2 1898 1 1911 14 1923 24
1883 2 1899 11 1912 11 1924 35
1885 5 1900 15 1913 13 1925 45
1887 1 1901 7 1914 10 1926 38
1889 2 1903 5 1915 14 1927 56
1890 5 1905 5 1916 11 TOT 499
1892 4 1906 10 1918 18
1894 3 1907 6 1919 17
This chart appeared in the article detailing the number of graduates by year. Note single digit class numbers even past 1900 and some years with no graduates. The 500th
graduate from Schuylkill Haven did not take place until 1928, 49 years after the first graduates.
|The Call of July 2, 1926
WORK ON FIELD TO START AT ONCE
Development of the proposed ten acre athletic field for Schuylkill Haven will be begun within the next several days as a result of the
meeting of the Athletic Field Association held in the Town Hall Wednesday evening. The plan for the development of the complete ten
acre plot, as submitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Internal Affairs was approved by the association and the Board of Education
will be requested to approve the present program calls for the development of the entire plot but this will require a number of years.
The particular part of the field was ordered to be given attention at once. A committee was appointed to superintend and direct the work
which is to be started immediately. The same. The present program calls for the development of the entire plot but this will require a
number of years. A particular part of the field was ordered to be given attention at once. This part will be a section 250 feet long and 575
feet wide and will include a track, baseball field, football field, spaces for high jumping, pole vaulting, shot putting, etc. and also grand
An urgent request is made that as many members of the student body and individual citizens as can do so, plan to take part in this
preliminary work at once. It will be necessary to plow some sections of the field, level and fill up other sections. Teams, wagons, tractors,
plows, harrows and scoops will be required. The committee in charge issues a call for volunteers to begin work at once. The chairman of
this committee will give full details of what is required. The general plan not only covers the above named appointments but also tennis
courts, volleyball courts, horseshoe courts, swimming pool, bandstand and large recreation park. The plans call for trees to be planted
throughout the grounds and with the work being continued from year to year, it is believed that within a period of five years or possibly
three, the field will be completely under development.
The Athletic Field Project is to be thoroughly explained to the general public at a meeting that is to be held within the next ten days or two
weeks in the high school auditorium. Secretary Keith was instructed and authorized to procure at once a speaker for the occasion. At
this public meeting the deed for the ground will officially be turned over to the Board of Education by the Rotary Club. The committee
appointed to make arrangements for the public meeting consists of Clinton Confehr, Chairman, Harry Loy, Harry Goas, Mrs. E. B. Pflueger,
and H. E. Oswald. This committee has already outlined an interesting tentative program for the meeting.
The plot of ground has already been staked off by Engineer Butz assisted by members of the student body of the high school and the
instructors. The stakes show the number of feet to be cut and the number of feet and points where fill is required. It is realized the
entire ten acres can not be put under development at once. That is the reason why the Association determined upon one particular
section to be first developed. Due announcement of the meeting and details will appear in these columns next week. The committee
appointed by President Stauffer to have charge of the development of the field at this time is as follows: Harry Goas, Chairman, H. A.
Reber, F. H. Minnig, Raymond Hill, E. B. Hill, Harry F. Loy, Fred R. Burkert, Mrs. W. B. Johnston and Mrs. A. R. Maberry.
|The Call of February 20, 1920
HALF OF PUPILS DEFECTIVE
From the report of the medical examination conducted in the public schools of town by the state medical examiner some time ago, it is
learned that of the 872 pupils examined, almost one half the number are afflicted with some defect or the other. The purpose of the
examination is to be helpful to the pupils. When the examination is made the reports are forwarded to the state by the examiner. From
the state department is sent, to the parent or guardian of the pupil, a card giving a complete result of the findings of the examiner. The
defects are listed and enumerated and suggestions made for the elimination of the same or improvement of the condition. The idea of
the state in conducting theses examinations and notifying the parents of the measures to be taken is for the improvement in the health of
the scholars. There is no obligation on the part of the parent to comply recommendations, but it is thought that most parents are
sufficiently desirous of having their children in as healthy a condition as possible and glad to take the suggested steps for the
improvement of that condition.
The complete report is as follows:
Pupils enrolled: 931 Pupils examined: 872 Defective pupils: 434 Normal pupils: 438
Pupils with: defective vision, 91; defective hearing, 9; unclean teeth, 2; decayed teeth, 372; slightly enlarged tonsils, 74; greatly enlarged
tonsils, 23; slight impairment breathing, 10; marked malnutrition, 1; deformities, 2.
|The Call of April 19, 1918
LOCAL SCHOOL TEACHER CHARGED WITH CRUELTY
Miss Elva L. Bauscher, a teacher in the schools of Schuylkill Haven, was placed under arrest by Constable John Butz on a warrant issued
by Squire C. A. Moyer. The warrant charged assault and battery and cruelty. Mrs. Robert Knarr, of Saint John Street, is the prosecutor. It
is alleged that Miss Bauscher abused the daughter of Mrs. Knarr, by using a thick stick and beating the child until welts showed at nearly
a dozen places on the child's person. It is also alleged that Miss Bauscher threatened the child with another beating if she went home
and told the parents of the first beating. The hearing was set for seven o'clock on Tuesday evening, but the father of Miss Bauscher
appeared before Squire Moyer, waived a hearing and entered bail in the sum of $500 for the appearance of his daughter at the May term
of Criminal Court. Two local physicians and several mothers with their children, were at the squire's office, ready to testify against the
teacher. The case is one of the first of its kind in this section of the state and the trial will be watched with a great deal of interest by
teachers and school boards throughout the county.
|SCHUYLKILL HAVEN'S FIRST FOOTBALL TEAM
|Above is an original photograph of Schuylkill Haven's first official football team wins and five
losses for the season.
Pictured are from left to right, First Row: Nix Moyer, Dave Baker, Charles Stauffer, Lester
Deibert (Captain), Wellington Hartman, Fred Reed, Robert Peel
Second Row: William Harner, William Lutz, Stewart Goas, Elmer Noll, Russell Bubeck, Luther
Troutman, George Pettis.
Back Row: Unknown (manager), Edward Burkert, Jack Stanton, Paul Bowen, Luther Shadle,
Quentin Hainley, Hiram Fisher, Harvey Kline (Coach)
|PICTURE COURTESY OF HARVEY AND MARSHA (REICHERT) COOPER
|The Call of October 4, 1918
GRIPPE CLOSES SCHOOLS HERE
Cold, grippe, rheumatics, headaches, sore eyes, drowsy feeling, pain all over the body and a dozen or more aches and pains seriously
interfered with operation of the public schools of this town this week. Tuesday afternoon the high school was excused for the balance of
the week on account of the large percentage of students who were ill and compelled to remain home. Thursday morning the entire Haven
Street building was closed down for the balance of the week because of the additional large number of pupils absent. In the high school,
the absentees Tuesday numbered fifty seven. Not only did the illness effect the pupils but the teachers also succumbed to it and by
Thursday noon seven teachers were reported on the sick list and unable to attend school. They are Misses, Hill, Paxson, Reinhart,
Filbert, Heebner, Noecker and Raudenbush. Fore part of the week, Miss Madeline Brown substituted for Miss Filbert and Mr. W. H.
Hartzler for Miss Reinhart. A sufficient number of other substitutes could not be procured to fill the other vacancies and because of the
continued spread of the illness, it was deemed best to close down some of the schools. The epidemic is not confined to any one
particular school building. All four Schuylkill Haven schools are all sending in reports of a large number of absentees. Thursday morning
it was intimated all the schools might be closed down for a week in order to prevent further spread of the disease.
|The Call of February 6, 1920
SLIGHT FIRE IN HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING
What might have resulted in a serious conflagration at the town's $80,000 high school building was averted by the prompt action of boys
in the neighborhood who discovered the flames. It is understood an oil stove was being used Sunday in the lavatory on the third floor.
The oil stove was being used to prevent the water pipes from freezing. The oil stove during the early evening exploded. Boys in the
vicinity noticed flames leaping to the ceiling. An entrance to the building was made by Paul Clauser, John Luckens and George Reider
and the flames extinguished. One of the desks and seat stored in the room was badly burned. The floor and several other desks and
seat were scorched. The ceiling was badly smoked. It is said that the discovery of the fire a few minutes later would have found a
stubborn blaze to fight and from the fact that Sunday evening it would have been impossible to pump water from the water lines, as there
was little or none in them, the entire building might have been destroyed.
|The Call of June 3, 1921
PUPIL TAKES HIS LIFE IN SCHOOL BUILDING
The Schuylkill Haven public, and particularly the school teachers and pupils in the High School building, were shocked Thursday
afternoon about one o'clock when it was announced that one of its pupils, Allen Yost, had committed suicide in the building. It was the
first suicide to be committed in the town for a number of years and coming at the close of the term and with preparations underway for the
commencement exercises Thursday evening, it had a tendency to unnerve the speakers of the evening as well as the instructors.
The discovery was made by Herman Fisher and Isadore Shipe, two schoolmates, who were sent to the wash room to clean ink wells. They
immediately notified their teacher, Miss Mill and other teachers. Dr. Heim was summoned and he cut the body down and found life
extinct. Examination showed he had used several strands of ordinary hay rope to commit the act. He placed the ropes over the steam
pipes near the ceiling and standing on one of the lavatories swung himself free. While there was no sign of suffering upon his face it was
quite evident that he strangled to death. His neck did not seem to be broken. The rope had caused a deep mark around his neck but the
skin was not broken. No definite cause has been assigned to the rash act although it is believed worry over his having lost $18.85 might
have prompted him to take his life. He notified his teacher of the loss of the money in the morning and appeared very nervous over its
loss. He was told to make a hunt for it about the building and this he did. The boys loss was also announced in the other school rooms.
On the same morning about eleven o'clock, he made application to Professor Lavers for an employment certificate. Not being able to
supply all the necessary information the Professor asked him to return to the office in the afternoon, when the certificate would be
granted. This the boy stated he would do. That the young man had planned his death with deliberation is shown in the fact that a number
of handkerchiefs were found tied together in the toilet. On one of them was the initial A. They showed they had been subjected to a
strain as they were torn and crumbled. Whether he had actually tried his weight on them and having found them insufficient in strength
went in search of rope is not known. However the fact has been established that shortly after 11:00 a. m. he went to the Stanton Mill
nearby and asked one of the employees for some rope. The employee in a joking way said, "Do you want to hang yourself?" and the boy
replied, "Yes." He was then shown where a number of pieces of rope used for wrapping about boxes when brought from the box factory
were. The boy examined a number of them and inquired whether they didn't have any thicker rope. He was told that several pieces put
together would be stronger then thicker rope. He then left the building after having carefully selected a number of pieces.
It is believed the act was committed shortly after twelve o'clock when the building had been vacated by pupils and teachers. The
discovery was made just a few minutes before one o'clock. He was about six feet tall and sixteen years of age. The sad news was
conveyed to the family by Reverend Balsbaugh. Needless to say they were deeply affected and the mother in particular being prostrated.
One sister, Miss Ruth, survives. The funeral will take place Monday afternoon at two o'clock from his late home. The deceased was a
member of the United Brethren Church and Sunday School. He was in the eighth grade, was a second year pupil and had passed his
examination and would have been promoted. He had many friends and was liked by everyone.
|HIGH SCHOOL FACULTY OF 1923
|Anne. E. Boyer, B. A.
|Paul Christman, B. S., M. A.
|Pictures from my collection of Schuylkill Haven High School yearbooks
will begin to be posted here on a regular basis. Keep visiting to find your
high school memories or members of your family.
|Pottsville Republican of November 28, 1885
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN SCHOOLS
Captain James K. Helms, of Schuylkill Haven, has commenced a series of articles on the public schools of that borough, the first of which
appears in the "Enterprise" this morning from which we make the following extract:
The earliest date of a school in Schuylkill Haven, that is a school house, stood where the present principal school building now stands. In
the house, the late Professor John H. Guertler taught pay school from 1836 to 1838, at which time as near as can be ascertained the
school law was accepted, the borough then being a small village and a part and parcel of what was then called Manheim Township. The
borough was incorporated by an Act of Assembly, May 23rd, 1841, and the first election under its charter was held on the second Tuesday
of July of that year and on the 18th of July the first school board of the borough met and organized as follows: Charles Dengler and
Joseph M. Taylor, three years; Lewis C. Dougherty and Jacob Deibert, two years; Firman Borden and Benjamin Delong, one year. The
officers elected were: President, Charles Dengler; Secretary, Firman Borden; Treasurer, Daniel Saylor. The board thus organized, at once
commenced and meant business and proved it by levying a tax for all purposes amounting to $650 and then adjourned, each director
departing, well prepared to receive the approval and disapproval of the taxpayers. In those days many of the earliest residents were
bitterly opposed to taxation for schools, an opposition not only prevailing here but everywhere. But light prevailed and ultimately all
opponents were crushed to silence.
|In May and June of 1892, The Call ran a series of biographies of teachers in Schuylkill Haven. Following are ten of those
biographies. Note that all but one teacher is a single woman.
Miss Edith Cassavant was born at Evansville, Indiana. Her parents are Reverend Henry Bradley and Eliza A. Cassavant, both hailing from
New England. Her earlier education was obtained in the schools of the various places to which the Methodist church took her family
including North Hector, Elmira, Seneca Falls, Port Byron, Auburn and Lyons, all in New York and Philadelphia and Spring City in
Pennsylvania. While at Spring City she entered the Millersville State Normal School. After graduating thence in 1890, she taught one year
at Chadd's Ford, Pennsylvania and last summer applied for the primary school at this place and is now occupying that position.
Miss Carrie Butz, our High School assistant, was born in Schuylkill Haven. She is the daughter of Jonathan and Hannah Butz. She
received her earlier education in the schools of our town, graduating from the High School on June 12, 1889 and afterward was elected
teacher of one of the schools of this place. After teaching seven months she resigned her position, April 3, 1890, to attend the spring
session at Kutztown , from whence she graduated June 25, 1891 and has since held the position of assistant teacher of the Schuylkill
Haven High School.
Miss Annie Stanton was born in Schuylkill Haven October 10, 1872. She is the second daughter of Peter and Bridget Stanton. She
received her education in the Schuylkill Haven public schools and graduated with a class of seven under Professor H. Day Gise on June
4, 1890. She was elected teacher of the advanced primary school on Dock Street in the same year. She is now teaching her second term.
Miss Margaret Morgan , daughter of George and Margaret Morgan, natives of Wales, was born in Ashland in the spring of 1868. She
graduated form the public schools of Ashland in the spring of 1886. She attended the Millersville Normal School the following winter and
taught school at Safe Harbor, Lancaster County in 1888. Going back the next winter to take the senior course at the Normal School, she
completed the course in 1889. In September of the same year she entered upon the duties of her present position.
Miss Bessie Warner, daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth Warner, was born in Schuylkill Haven May 10, 1866. She graduated from the
Schuylkill Haven High School in the spring of 1883 and taught in Wayne Township the following winter. She attended the Keystone State
Normal School at Kutztown during the spring term of 1886 and entered upon the duties of her present position in September of the same
Miss Minnie Sherer, daughter of Justus and Jennie Sherer, was born at Schuylkill Haven, April 6, 1867. She graduated from our High
School in the spring of 1885 and taught an ungraded school near McKeansburg the following winter. In September of the same year, she
entered upon the duties of her present position.
Miss Emma Noss, was born in Philadelphia, the daughter of Reverend John G. Noss, teaches at our Number 3 school. Her education was
obtained in the home and private schools at Westminster, Maryland, Edgehill Institute of Littlestown, Pennsylvania and the State Normal
School at Kutztown, whence she graduated in 1890. Before the latter course of study she was assistant teacher in a public school near
home and since has taught a term at Sacramento, Schuylkill County, and in April, 1891, accepted her present position.
Miss Minnie Kerkeslager, youngest child of Alexander W. and Minda E. Kerkeslager, was born in Schuylkill Haven, February 11, 1866, is
the teacher of our Number 4 School. She graduated from the Schuylkill Haven High School in the spring of 1885. The first year of her
graduation was spent at home. In the spring of 1886 she was elected a teacher of Primary School Number 10. After teaching two terms in
the above mentioned grade, she was promoted to the position which she is now holding. In the spring of 1890 she was examined for a
permanent certificate which she was successful in achieving.
Miss Anna Mattson Wintersteen of Port Carbon, daughter of Tobias H. and Margaret M. Wintersteen is the teacher at school Number 5.
She attended the schools of Port Carbon and graduated in the elementary course at the Normal School at Kutztown in 1890. She taught a
few months in Brandonville before accepting in January, 1891, a position to a vacancy in our secondary schools, which place she still
Mrs. Katie R. Weber (nee Heiser) was born August 9, 1864 at Schuylkill Haven, daughter of Franklin B. and Margaret Heiser. She received
her education in the schools of Schuylkill Haven but was on account of ill health, little able to attend before she was nine years of age.
She graduated from the High School in May, 1882 at the age of seventeen, under Professor S. H. Meyer and began teaching the following
autumn in the public schools of town. She taught the primary grade for four years and was then promoted to secondary, which position
she has held for six years. She was married February 19, 1891 to John D. Weber.
|The Call of August 31, 1917
NEW $80,000 SCHOOL BUILDING OPENING MONDAY
Appropriate Opening Exercises to be Held at 2:30 O'clock p.m.
The Public is Invited and Urged to Attend
John Robert Jones to Make Principal Address. Public Inspection at Close of Exercises.
Schuylkill Haven's new $80,000 school building will be opened on Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock when exercises will be conducted in
the auditorium, under the auspices of the School Board and representative men of the community. To these exercises a general
invitation is extended to the public. Everything possible was done by the board to have the entire building furnished and the grounds
placed in a presentable condition. They have succeeded to a wonderful extent, but the public is asked not to be too harsh on the
criticisms, as the contractors were retarded by the nonarrival of their goods, due to lack of labor and railroad facilities. Comparatively
few of the residents of the town have any conception of what a grand school building Schuylkill Haven really has and what it will be in
another year to come when the finishing touches are placed in and about it.
Men who have been employed on the building state that there is not another school building in this section of the state that can compare
with it. The material entering into its construction and the workmanship were all of the very best. It is fire proof and all of the plumbing is
strictly modern and complies with the state health laws. The furniture is all practically new and placed to the best advantage of the
scholar. The visitor to the building will observe that each room has provision for only forty five scholars of the lower grades. Thus will
the teacher be enabled to give each scholar the same amount of attention. The matter of heat and light were given special attention by
the board. The High School auditorium wherein will be seats for about 160 scholars is a fair example of the other rooms. The visitor will
also notice that the concrete floors have been coated with a dressing, eliminating all dust. The cloak rooms have been fitted with sliding
doors and ample provisions have been made for receptacles for all in the line of small closets. A modern clock system will be installed,
run by electricity, with the master clock in the office of the superintendent. This clock will not be installed by the time the opening of
The new building was started in June of the year 1916, the contract having been awarded to the Beard Construction Company of Reading,
who in turn awarded subcontracts such as the excavating, wiring and It faces the south and sets back from the street a distance of about
sixty feet. Three entrances to the building were constructed at the front and one from the rear, doors swinging outwards. One of the
front entrances can be used in gaining admittance to the auditorium. The one to the right of the building is for the girls and the one to
the left for the boys. Immediately to the left of the main entrance is located the director's room. To the right is the office of the
superintendent and directly to the rear of his office is the storage room wherein are kept the supplies and directly back of this room is
the manual training room. To the rear of the director's room is a domestic science room. Both the manual training and the domestic
science rooms will be fitted up at a later date. Large toilet rooms with washstands are provided to the rear of the above rooms and
provisions have been made for the erection of shower baths. Individual towels have been provided, while drinking fountains are located
to the rear on the first floor.
The one room that will appeal to the visitor is the auditorium proper. Here accommodations have been provided for about 625 persons.
More can be accommodated using chairs. A gallery runs the entire width of the auditorium and faces the stage. It is the intention of
Superintendent Hoover to assemble the scholars in the auditorium and after exercises to dismiss them to their respective rooms. The
auditorium at night time will be illuminated by eight separate clusters of electric lights. The stage is erected to the rear and has a depth
of about fourteen feet and is capable of accommodating about sixty persons comfortably. Foot lights have been provided. At either side
of the stage are exits to ante rooms that can be used when a performance is being produced, as dressing rooms. A passageway runs the
entire width of the ceiling to the rear of the auditorium and looking down from this passageway one sees the gym well illuminated but as
yet not equipped. This will eventually be done. Three recitation rooms are located on each side of the auditorium.
On the third floor of the building is located the High School room, without doubt the finest in the building. Here accommodations have
been provided for 160 or more scholars, each scholar sitting by himself or herself. The seats in this room run north and south while
blackboards have been constructed on two sides of the room. More than sufficient light is furnished. Toilets and cloak rooms have been
provided for. Directly to the rear of the building on the upper floor are three good sized rooms. The one to the north will eventually be
used as a physical laboratory, the one in the center as a lecture room and the one to the south as a chemical laboratory. All three of
these rooms are well lighted and piped for all purposes.
The cellar is reached either through a hallway from the main entrance or from a door to the rear. Here provisions have been made for the
storing of twenty cars of coal if necessary. Seven furnaces have been installed and the heat from these furnaces will be driven by means
of an eight foot fan through flues to each and every room. In all probability, the storage batteries will be located in the basement, which
has all been concreted.
Work of grading and placing the grounds in shape is now on. This may require several more weeks to complete. At the very end of the
school property hedges were planted and these have now reached a height of about six feet and very thick. Once the grading is
completed the new High School building will have connected with it a playground the equal of which there is none in the county.
Up to the present time there has been no change in the program as published in the last issue of The Call. All of the speakers have
volunteered to do their part and the members of the School Board will be on hand to extend every courtesy to the visitors. Visit the new
building on Labor Day and then ask yourself how it was that the town got by for so many years with a worn out antiquated school building.
|YEARBOOK OF 1924
|These three photos are from the
yearbook of 1924.
At left is the Track Team . Below at left
is the Mandolin Club with Russell
Hutchinson on guitar, Harry Sigmund
and Steward Filbert on mandolin and
Edward Fessler on banjo. Below is the
High School Orchestra.
|The Call of November 19, 1937
NIGHT FOOTBALL INTRODUCED IN SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
Schuylkill Haven was on Monday evening treated to its first night football game. This because the weatherman on Saturday, made it so
miserable and unpleasant that the scheduled Summit Hill game was called off. It went on the stage Monday evening, and that too amidst
the glow of strong floodlights from a portable system erected for this game at different points about the field. It was a treat indeed, for
the fans and the student body as well, this first night game. There was an audience of unusual size in attendance. Both stands were filled
to capacity and many stood about the field. Unfortunately, however, many in the audience had "crashed the gate" by crawling in under or
over the top of the fence. Guards stationed for the purpose simply could not combat with the poor sportsmanship shown by many of
these people, most of whom were adults.
But nevertheless a great contest was put on with all the frills and thrills of a "big six" classic. Schuylkill Haven, however, came out at the
short end of a 53 to 7 score. Tomorrow, Saturday, Saint Clair will be with us and another splendid game can be looked for. And then, the
game of the year, the Thanksgiving Day game, the one that is always looked forward to with the hope of it being a success in more ways
than one. Cressona High will be here with a strong and experienced eleven. The first whistle will be blown at 9:30 so all fans enjoying a
football contest, played with as much enthusiasm as any of the Thanksgiving Day games over the country will be played, ought to be in his
or her seat.
Monday, Summit Hill, with a more experienced team, shattered the defense of the local eleven and scored almost at will. Injuries to the
Haven team's important men, in the early part of the game, simply demoralized the entire string as substitutions had to be made. Fred
Deibert, near the end of the first quarter, suffered a broken collarbone. He was the halfback for the team. Then Marne Bubeck, the
fullback, got a crack in the ribs that put him out of the game. He will be out for Saturday's game and probably for the Thanksgiving Day
game too. Bill Stauffer, coach, had his ill luck this season with his men, not having a complete first string of players for but a few games.
Ed Bolton, his center, has been out for the last two games, with a dislocated knee. And despite the injuries, the players have sustained.
Bill has been registering victories right along this season, this being the first defeat.
A groan from fans and students went up early in Monday night's game when after untangling the men, Byerly, the team's star man, was
found knocked out good and cold. It was several minutes before he was able to get to his feet and resume play. He seemed rather
groggy for some time and felt the effects of his blow. It was he who scored the lone tally for Schuylkill Haven on a splendidly executed off
tackle play. Bolton booted the extra point. While the score indicates Summit Hill outplayed their hosts in every department of the game, it
must be said to the credit of the Stauffer coached lads that they were game up until the very last minute of play and the fans went home
with the satisfaction of seeing a team play which displayed mighty courage and dauntless spirit.
|YEARBOOK OF 1925
|Images from the 1925 yearbook left to right: the Debating Team, Supervising Principal Bubeck and the faculty.
|YEARBOOK OF 1928
|Images from the 1928 yearbook starting at upper left
and going clockwise: the baseball team with Coach
Harry McInroy, the Haven Fax newspaper staff, the
Thrift Club and the Glee Club.
|YEARBOOK OF 1929
|Images from the yearbook of 1929
include from left and moving
clockwise: Harry McInroy, teacher
and class advisor; Supervising
Principal Charles Madeira; the
Debating League and the Junior
High basketball team.
|YEARBOOK OF 1930
|Images from the 1930 edition shown here are: at
right, the sophomore class, below that the
football team with Coach Bill Stauffer and below
a scene from the play, "Apple Blossom Time"
with a list of the cast.
|YEARBOOK OF 1931
|Images from the 1931 edition include from upper left, moving clockwise are: Paul Christman, Supervising
Principal, high school band, the girl's basketball team with roster and class advisor, Paul Hartranft.
|EAST WARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
|Below are eight views of the interior of the old East Ward Elementary School on Union Street.
|At left is the entrance to what was the library and the gathering spot for annual class pictures. At right is the
entry through the east doors showing the building plaque.
|These two views show the rear exits to the playground, monitored in my time there by Mrs. Hess and Mrs.
Sausser, where frequent games of dodge ball and kick ball were played.
|The two views above show the closets where we hung our coats or as my first grade teacher, Janet
Hamilton, referred to them, the cloak room.
|EAST WARD INTERIOR PHOTOS KINDLY PROVIDED COURTESY OF STEVE PONCELET
|This picture from 1885 was
noted on the back as Number 2
in Schuylkill Haven.
The teacher is identified as C. P.
|The Call of October 10, 1930
HIGH SCHOOL FORFEITS FOOTBALL GAME ON UNFAIR CHARGE
Schuylkill Haven high school journeyed to Pottsville High field at 12th Street last Saturday to receive a kind of treatment that savored very
much of that which was handed out four years ago. Athletic relationships were resumed last year when Pottsville was on the schedule at
Schuylkill Haven. An eminently satisfactory game was played and Schuylkill Haven school officials were roundly praised by Pottsville high
school officials for the clean game and fair treatment. It was hoped that such would be the results this fall.
The game broke off early in the first quarter when two Pottsville men, Klemas and Cole approached Hinkle on the Schuylkill Haven team
and deliberately started a fight by hitting Hinkle in the face. The latter retaliated and the referee, Mengle, ordered Hinkle pout of the
game and penalized the team for half the length of the field. When Captain Sutcliffe asked the referee what it was all about, the latter
replied that they were fighting. Coach Stauffer then demanded that since they were fighting and two were necessary to fight that the
offending Pottsville men should also be put off the field. This the referee refused to do. Coach Hufford when approached by Coach
Stauffer to effect an equitable adjustment of the matter refused to accept or offer any overtures of any kind. That the aggravation came
entirely from the Pottsville players was substantiated by spectators at the game, not even on the Schuylkill Haven side. Schuylkill Haven
fans were unanimous in their opinion that the officials provided by Pottsville were not neutral either in their sympathies or their
decisions. Coach Stauffer did not protest the penalty but claimed that both of the offending players should be removed from the game.
The justice and fairness of this stand on the part of Coach Stauffer was backed by the demands of adult Schuylkill Haven fans when they
demanded that the local team be taken from the field. The game thus ended early and was declared forfeited to Pottsville scored 1-0.
Schuylkill Haven fans were provoked at the admission charge made for this game. It was stated that the charge of a dollar was not
warranted for a high school game and especially since only half this amount was charged Pottsville fans last year in Schuylkill Haven.
Wherever Coach Stauffer's team has been taken during the past year to play member teams of the Carbon-Schuylkill Conference, coaches
and principals alike have remarked on the clean, wholesome, sportsmanlike brand of football that his men have played. Rough house
tactics have never been taught or condoned by Coach Stauffer and he regrets that he had to pit his men against a team that obviously
has not had similar training.
Captain Sutcliffe kicked off to Klemas who took the ball down to his goal line, wending his way through the entire Haven team for a
touchdown. The try for extra point failed. Moyer kicked off to Croneberger who ran back from his ten yard line to his thirty mark. On the
first scrimmage, Schuylkill Haven called a fake kick, Hainley running around Hoak's end for twenty yards. On the next play, Haven was
penalized five yards for having its backfield in motion before the ball was passed. Pottsville held at this point and Schuylkill Haven
punted, Klemas carrying back Wagner's kick to the Pottsville thirty three yard line. Zimmerman and Cole then made seven yards between
them and the latter punted to Schuylkill Haven's thirty three yard line. Schuylkill Haven then began a steady advance and advanced the
ball fifty yards in three rushes to the Pottsville seven yard line. Here Pottsville called timeout and just as Schwenk, who had been
substituted for Croneberger, was about to call signals, the Pottsville men slugged Hinkle and the game ended.
|The Call of August 21, 1931
ELECTED SUPERVISOR OF THE SCHUYLKILL HAVEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
The election of Professor Paul S. Christman as supervising principal of the Schuylkill Haven Public Schools was received as welcome
news to students, teachers and the general public the fore part of the week. Professor Christman was a teacher in the local high school
from the terms of 1922-1926 at which time he was elected to the position of principal. He filled the latter position quite capably for the
past five years and his general knowledge of the work and details of the Schuylkill Haven schools should prove him quite an effective
Mr. Christman was graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 1919 with a B. S. degree and he completed a post graduate course at
the same college in 1921, where he earned a Sc. M. degree and the graduate work at Pennsylvania State College he has undertaken
leading to an M. E. degree, qualifies him professionally for his recent promotion. Professor Christman is a member of Phi Sigma Kappa
National Fraternity. Mr. Christman has been quite active in every phase of school and community affairs and his work in the Schuylkill
County Schoolman's Club as secretary, has made him well known throughout the county. For three years he was secretary-treasurer of
the Schuylkill Haven Playground Association and for the past four years a member of the executive committee of the Parent Teachers
Association and active in its many projects.
As a member of the Schuylkill Haven Rotary Club and Past Commander of Robert E. Baker Post of American Legion, together with other
numerous civic committees, he has always taken a prominent part in community activities. In December of 1929, Mr. Christman was a
Schuylkill County delegate to the P. A. E. A. convention held in Reading. In 1926, Mr. Christman was married to Mary E. Runkle, daughter of
James M. Runkle, D. D. Ph. D., pastor of Trinity Reformed Church of Altoona and a Past President of the Potomac Synod of the Reformed
Church. Mrs. Christman, a graduate of Hood College, Frederick, Maryland was a teacher for several years in Schuylkill Haven, Saint Clair
and Somerset High Schools. The many friends of the newly elected Supervising Principal have extended felicitations throughout the
week and comment is frequently heard to the effect that the Schuylkill Haven schools will progress in every way under his guidance.
|The Call of December 10, 1937
FIRE DESTROYS THIRD FLOOR OF HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING
Worst fire and heaviest loss in years. Third floor rooms of main building together with all equipment destroyed. Damage by
water to first and second floors. Annex not damaged. Loss may reach $75,000,
covered by insurance. Out of town fire companies give valuable aid. Hard fire to battle. Firemen handicapped by bursting hose.
|Fire, Sunday evening, caused a loss estimated at between $50,000 and $75,000 to the Schuylkill Haven High School building on Haven
Street. It was the most serious fire Schuylkill Haven the Grand Hotel fire on Tuesday, March 8, 1932, when that building was almost
entirely destroyed. A large part of the third floor of the school building was entirely destroyed by the fire. Water, seeping through to
lower floors, also did irreparable damage to class rooms and equipment, the auditorium and its furnishings. Ceilings where the plastering
does not fall, will have to be torn pout in order to guarantee safety. Some damage by water was done to the recently completed annex of
the building, which was to have been dedicated with appropriate ceremony on Tuesday evening of this week. The fire gave firemen from
Schuylkill Haven and surrounding towns a stiff battle as it had gained considerable headway before the discovery. The high school
building housed the senior and junior high school students, 720 in number. It also housed the industrial arts and home economics
departments. Completely gutted, with equipment in the rooms also entirely destroyed, was the result of the entire third floor of the old
portion of the building, which was built in 1917 and remodeled in 1930.
School supplies, school records, equipment in the class rooms on the third floor were entirely and completely destroyed. An unexpected,
temporary holiday is now in effect for students attending school in the high school building. Temporary school facilities will be provided
in the annex of the building and the first and second floors of the old building as soon as possible. It is not likely, however, that this will
result before the Christmas holidays for the schools. By the opening day in January, however, it is expected temporary quarters will have
been provided for. It is also most likely that half sessions for the greater number of the high school students for the balance of the term
will be in order.
The loss, during the week, after a very careful checkup and inventory was estimated at $75,000 on the building and $15,000 on the
contents and equipment, with coverage of $120,000 insurance on the old building and $24,000 on contents. An additional $50,000
insurance is carried on the annex or addition to the building. Insurance adjusters were on the scene as early as ten o'clock Monday
morning. Mr. Hughes, architect of the recently completed annex to the building, stated that there is a greater loss to the main building
than the eye can now detect. In addition to the roof, the walls and ceiling on the third floor, the entire electric system as well as the entire
heating system, must be replaced. The boilers in the basement were also badly damaged by water. Ceilings on the other floors may have
to be torn down. This because of the fact, that even though they may not now show signs of weakness at the present time, or very
shortly, they present a hazard in that they may later weaken and small pieces or sections drop down upon pupils.
Superintendent Paul Christman and members of the school board have been very much disheartened and discouraged. It required many
years in work in completing a program to provide an unusually high class school plant. One of the last steps in this program had just
about been completed. And now much of the work will have to be done all over again. The school system, as far as the high school
building is concerned, is at present completely disrupted. By reason of the entire roof over the main building having been destroyed,
there is also presented a difficult problem for solution. This is because of the winter season being at hand. A temporary roof can not be
built as quickly as it might first appear. If heavy rains occur or there is a heavy snowfall, water will again soak through the floor to the
second floor ceilings and cause additional damage to the rooms. The board members, the entire faculty and all citizens who had
opportunity to visit the schools since the annex was completed were more than pleased with the results. The day of dedication and
inspection of the annex and the entire building, because of many changes that had been made in the same, was looked forward to with a
great deal of pride. Now this day has been indefinitely delayed.
THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE The cause of the fire will perhaps always remain a mystery. It has, however, almost definitely established that it
started in what is considered the elevator shaft. This shaft is five feet in width and four feet in length and extends from the first floor to
the third floor. It is encased in asbestos blocks and is located in the southeastern corner of the building or to the front or Haven Street
side. Adjoining the elevator was the heat ducts. The elevator was used to convey supplies from one floor to another. On each off the
three floors were wooden doors, four or more feet in height and the full width of the elevator. These doors on the elevator shaft on all
three floors, it is claimed, positively, were locked. Doors to the shaft on the third floor were broken down by janitor Krammes, who
directed one of the hose lines from connections inside the building. The doors to the elevator shaft on both the second and first floors
were burned entirely through. Examination showed that these doors had positively been locked. Whether the fire began in the elevator
shaft on the first, second or third floor can not be definitely ascertained. It is believed, however, and so stated by persons who were on
the scene early, that the fire must have started on the second or third floor of the elevator shaft. This however is doubtful. Shooting
upward, the housing above the third floor, which contained the mechanism for the elevator shaft, was quickly burned. The flames from
this housing are believed to have communicated rapidly with the roof. The roof, being of composition construction, ignited and the
flames spread rapidly across the entire front of the building and then ate their way down into the third floor rooms.
Mr. Marshall Hughes, architect for the annex to the high school, stated, Tuesday, at the school board meeting, that the cause of the fire
may have been from the heat ducts or conduits in the basement of the main building. Some of these ducts may have leaked and
spontaneous combustion may have resulted. As the heat duct to the upper floors was built alongside the elevator shaft, described
above, the draft may have caused the overheated ducts to ignite woodwork either at the top or bottom of the elevator shaft. Before the
arrival of the foremen, interior hose lines were used on the first, second and third floors but the flames had gained such headway that the
efforts of the men in charge went for naught. The statement has been made that residents in the vicinity of the building thought they
smelled smoke all day on Sunday. This may well have been and the fire may have been smoldering in the elevator shaft and the fumes of
the smoke being taken to the roof and the outside through the ventilators, could easily have been wafted about in the neighborhood.
BUILDING OCCUPIED SUNDAY AFTERNOON However, Sunday afternoon, the Girl's Glee Chorus of the high school, seventy five or more
in number, held a rehearsal in the auditorium and present with them were Miss Schoener, Music Instructor and Principal Paul Hartranft.
Both janitors, Scheipe and Krammes were in the building Sunday afternoon. As late as ten o'clock Sunday evening, Principal Hartranft was
in the building. He happened to stop in to place a package in the office of the superintendent on the first floor. He smelled no smoke.
The fire was discovered about ten thirty.
Janitor Krammes was in the building about nine o'clock to bank the fires for the evening. He passed through the lower floors but smelled
no smoke. The gymnasium was occupied Saturday evening for the basketball game. As spectators attending the game had access to all
parts of the building, it was thought a carelessly dropped cigarette, may have caused the fire. This, however, is hardly likely, as it would
have broken out much sooner under such circumstances.
ROOF BURNS FIERCELY The metal lath or wooden joists for the third floor ceiling and the boards used for the sub foundation of the roof,
with an air space between the two provided splendid material for the flames, which shot sky high and could be seen for many miles in the
distance, despite the snowstorm at the time. Furniture, equipment and records from the superintendent's office in the front of the
building on the first floor, were early moved to the homes of neighbors nearby. They were later taken into the gymnasium.
VALUABLE RECORDS DESTROYED The records and equipment in Principal Paul Hartranft's office on the second floor were almost
completely destroyed. There were some filing cases containing important records that were removed before the flames reached the
office. Rescue work had to be discontinued because sections of the roof began to fall in and it was feared that the entire roof would
crash in at any moment. During the fire and after it had gotten under control, a visit to the auditorium by the Call man showed that water
was pouring from the ceiling onto the first floor and at a number of points and in good sized streams. It was also pouring down the
stairways on both the right and left of the auditorium, from the third and second floors to the first floor. The water carried with it debris
which was washed over the floors of the lower rooms. The floor of the auditorium looked like a large pool of water and this water too was
gushing along the corridor toward the connecting corridor to the annex. Monday afternoon, upon the occasion of another visit by the
Call man, water was still dropping from the ceiling but not in as large quantities. Many of the seats in the auditorium were covered with
water as well as the floor. The handsome heavy plush curtain on the stage and the drops and state settings escaped damage by water.
The piano had been removed from the auditorium on Sunday evening as soon as the fire was discovered. During the height of the fire,
neighbors in the vicinity of the school building set to work to making coffee and sandwiches and in a short time the same was being
received from a number of different sources and eagerly received by the firemen. Homes too were thrown open and refreshments
served. The entire neighborhood was scoured for bread and meat to make sandwiches. The firemen certainly appreciated the kindness,
as the rain and snow and spray from the hose lines had many men wet to the skin. Later the temperature took a considerable drop and
the coffee was then even more welcome.
DISCOVERY OF FIRE Discovery of the fire was made about ten thirty. It was not until two thirty o'clock that it could be considered that
the same was under control. The pumpers were stopped about eight thirty and permission given to roll in the hose lines of several of the
companies. Low pressure streams were then taken through to the upper floor rooms and flames that broke out intermittently were fought
from close quarters. It was not until 6:15 o'clock that it would be considered that the fire was entirely extinguished. The Rainbow Hose
Company remained on the scene until nine in the morning. The alarm for the fire was sent in from Box Number 12 which is at the corner of
Haven and Hess Streets. Several alarms were also sent to the light plant by telephone. The fire, when first discovered, seemed to be
confined to the south end of the roof of the main building. But this was after it had worked to the roof via the elevator shaft. Men fought
it at this point for a time and just when it was thought to have been under control, it appeared as if the entire roof became a flaming
furnace, all at one time. The firemen were forced to beat a hasty retreat and direct further efforts from the ground.
OUTSIDE COMPANIES CALLED When it was seen that outside assistance was necessary, Cressona, Orwigsburg and Pottsville fire
companies were contacted. Pottsville sent the Good Intent Company. They operated with two lines of hose from the plug at Dock and
Broadway. They also sent eighteen men in four autos from the American Hose. The Yorkville pumper was sent by Pottsville and stationed
in front of the building. The pumper from Cressona Fire Company Number One pumped water from the creek to the rear of the electric
light plant. When water in the creek became low, word was telephoned to the County Almshouse and the wickets were raised and more
water was left into the creek. The Good Will truck from Cressona with hose and pumper were also on hand. The Liberty Fire Company
pumper operated on Haven Street by the Maberry residence. The Schuylkill Hose Company pumper operated from the plug opposite the
electric light plant. The Rainbow Hose Company operated its pumper from the corner of Paxson Avenue and haven Street. Had it not
been for the prompt assistance sent to Schuylkill Haven from the surrounding towns, the entire structure would have been destroyed.
Several chemical lines were put into service promptly on arrival but only for a short time as it was seen they proved of little effect. During
the height of the fire there were at least nine streams of water being played on the burning building from front, rear and both sides.
FIREMEN HANDICAPPED Firemen were handicapped on arrival, it is said, by a low water pressure and then again after hose lines were
laid and higher pressure procured, hose lines of the local companies burst, one after another. It was impossible to make a count of the
number of hose lines that burst. One of the local firemen told the Call man that at least seven sections of hose from the different
companies went out. This greatly delayed the work of fighting the flames and permitted the same to gain a considerable headway. Efforts
of the firemen were also handicapped in a great measure by reason of the fact that the windows on the third floor of the building were of
the swing type. They were in two sections, each swinging into the building or out. The heat was not sufficient to crack the glass nor was
the water pressure sufficient to do it. As the result, when water was played on the windows, the same would turn in and then out and in
this way much valuable time was lost as only a small percentage of the water from the hose got into the burning rooms on this floor. The
firemen all fought desperately hard to keep the fire from communicating to the new part of the building. They succeeded and except for
the water that drained through the corridors and ran onto the floor in several rooms, there was no damage. The floor in the gymnasium in
the annex was covered with gym mats and other floor coverings to prevent any possible damage if the water from the corridors got into
it. There was no damage from this source.
DAMAGE IN MANY CLASS ROOMS A visit to the scene of the fire late Monday afternoon presented a picture of ruin complete in every
way, at least on the third floor of the building. Water got into several of the rooms in the new addition by reason of the fact that it ran
through the corridor from the main part of the building. At one time there was ten inches of water in the boiler room of the old building.
There was no water in the gym floor nor in the stock room across the hallway. The science room in the new addition also had water on the
floor. There was water on the floor in the locker rooms in the new addition and water was dropping from the class rooms on the second
floor above the locker rooms.
SECOND FLOOR DAMAGE On the second floor of the new addition there was water in the rooms used as a laboratory and water had been
dropping at different places from the ceiling. Water also came down along the wall in this room. In the biology room on the second floor
of the new addition, there was water on the floor, ceiling and walls. On the third floor of the new addition, Miss Reinhart's room, there
was water on the floor. On this same side of the building in an adjoining room and used as a music room, there was water on the floor.
THIRD FLOOR COMPLETELY GUTTED The third floor of the main building was completely gutted. First of all, the roof over the entire
section was completely burned and fell in upon the third floor rooms. Then there was the girls toilet room and the boys rest room in
which the equipment was completely destroyed. All the desks and equipment in the room known as Mr. Imboden's home room was
entirely destroyed. This room faces Paxson Avenue. In the room occupied by Miss Heim, Paxson Avenue and Haven Street end of the
building, all the equipment and records were destroyed. The new library room, containing hundreds and hundreds of books and
equipment, together with furniture just placed therein within the last several weeks were entirely destroyed. This room is in the front of
the building. An adjoining room was the librarian's work room and all equipment in this room was entirely destroyed. Another large room
on the third floor was the typing room in which all of the equipment was destroyed. The steel tables as well as the typewriters and steel
filing cabinets presented a sorry pile of debris by reason of the twisted and melted and grotesque shapes. Over a large section of this
room had fallen glass from the skylight. On the third floor, Hess Street side, in the room in which English was taught by Miss Hoy, all
furniture, equipment and records were destroyed. In the Commercial department room where Mr. Young taught, everything was ruined.
Across the hall, two rooms known as high school home rooms were located. Here all the desks and equipment were entirely destroyed.
Then there was the room in which Miss Bausum gave instruction. All of the equipment in this room was destroyed.
THE SECOND FLOOR On the second floor of the main building, water was dropping through the ceiling to the floor in the room taught by
Miss Seltzer. This room is on the Paxson Avenue side of the building. In the room occupied by Miss Fredericks, the floor was covered
with water that was dripping onto the desks from the ceiling. In Mr. Stauffer's room, also on the Paxson Avenue side of the building,
water was dripping from the ceiling. Opening the doors and looking into what was known as the balcony of the auditorium, we found a
great deal of water dripping from the ceiling onto the seats and then onto the main auditorium. On the second floor, water was dripping
through the ceiling onto the equipment in the room occupied by Miss Sherer. This was also true in the room occupied by Mrs. Gilbert. In
the room in which Miss Ehly taught, the ceiling had already fallen in several sections as a result of the terrible soaking from the floor
above. In an adjoining room where Miss Brown taught, water was coming through the ceiling. In the art room where Miss Dorothy Lessig
taught, which room is located at the front corner of the north side of the building on the second floor, the windows had been burned and
broken on both sides of the room. Many of her records and some of her equipment was ruined by water. Water was dripping from the
ceiling onto the desks and floor. On the first floor, Hess Street side of the building, was a large room occupied as the manual training
department. From this room had been removed all of the expensive machinery, chairs and benches. The tools in a large cabinet were
not damaged in any way. Water was dropped into this room from the ceiling.
MEN WORKED HARD School directors, members of the faculty and citizens worked hard, fast and for hours trying to remove whatever
equipment was possible from the rooms on the lower floor, thus saving it from damage. Superintendent Christman, who had retired for
the night, was notified of the fire by friends, after it had been burning for some time. He lost no time in getting to the scene from his
home, blocks away and directed the work of salvaging and remained on hand until the firemen left. Police of the entire force were on
duty, directing and diverting traffic off of Haven and Dock Streets. This was no easy task but had to be done because hose lines had
been laid across Dock Street at Broadway and Haven Street was filled with ten pieces of apparatus and a multitude of hose lines. Many
people came from all parts of town to watch the progress of the fire. Because if the snow and rain, however, they did not remain very
long. All day Monday and during the week, large numbers of people from Schuylkill Haven and from out of town visited the scene.
|The Call of December 24, 1937
RAIN SOAKS THROUGH UNROOFED HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING
Special Christmas programs were given in the public schools this week. In the High School building the juniors gave their program and
the seniors had their program in the afternoon. Both of the programs were given in the gymnasium. It looked ever so unusual to see
several hundred pupils perched on the bleacher seats used for basketball games. Nevertheless, this was necessary because the fire of
several weeks ago made this imperative. The pupils, both of the junior and senior high have been taking their inconveniences and
discomforts rather graciously and making the best of their half sessions. This week the juniors attended morning sessions and the
seniors half sessions were in the afternoon. It was rather strange to notice the seniors coming from school in the light of street lamps.
One may see this in college towns but it's quite new here. Wednesday was the last day of school for the 1937 year. Next session will be
Monday, January 3rd. The out of town teachers left early Wednesday afternoon for their homes to spend the Christmas days with their
The rain the latter part of the week resulted in another down pouring of water through all the floors of the unroofed main building. Even
in the auditorium on the first floor, the water came through the ceiling in almost as heavy torrents as on the occasion when firemen were
pouring water into the building from six streams on Monday , December 6th at three in the morning. A portion of the ceiling has now
fallen in the auditorium and it looks as though there would be more of it dropping down almost any time. Ceilings and walls in other
rooms of the main building, although they had been sort of dried out, were also given another good wetting with the rain of last Friday
and Saturday. As yet, no adjustment of the fire loss has been made. No representative of the insurance companies has been sent on to
inventory the loss as based on rebuilding costs. The board has its architect and contractor all ready to figure on rebuilding costs but
must wait action of the insurance adjusters before any move in the actual rebuilding can be taken. In the meantime, with every
successive rain or snowfall, freezing and varying temperatures, and without a roof on the building, it may be expected that further
damage will be done to every wall, ceiling and flooring every room of this unroofed portion.
|The Call of March 6, 1942
TEACHERS SEEK SALARY INCREASE
A petition signed by all of the classroom teachers of the Schuylkill Haven School District requesting an increase in salary was presented
to the board of school directors at the regular meeting of that body on Monday evening. The teachers were represented at the meeting
by William K. Stauffer, W. Edward Brown and Miss Emma Berger of the junior and high school and elementary grades. In petitioning the
board of directors for the increase, the teachers called attention to the general increase in the cost of living and the fact that teachers
salaries are lagging behind while those of industrial workers are increasing. The petition also stated that in times of economic stress,
teacher salaries are the first to be cut. Accompanying the petition was a graph showing the small increase in salaries as compared to
other workers. The petition was turned over to the appropriate committees of the board for possible action when the budget is prepared
for the coming fiscal year.
|The Call of June 1, 1945
FIRE THIS MORNING CAUSES DAMAGE TO HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM
A peculiar fire this morning at 7:30 o'clock caused a slight damage to the practically fire proof high school auditorium. Starting behind the
metal grill work to the right of the stage in a small room containing only a loud speaker and ventilating shaft and fan, the flames shot
through the grill work to the ceiling of the auditorium. The composition ceiling, a special acoustical Armstrong product, caught on fire and
burned in a square section between girders above the ventilating grill. Part of the ceiling fell on the wooden seats below. One seat was
destroyed and several others scorched.
The fire was discovered by custodian Ira Krammes, who upon entering the building in the morning, smelled the smoke and located the
fire. An alarm was turned in and the town's fire trucks rushed to the building. Fire Chief Claude Sausser directed a booster hose to be
played upon the burning ceiling. The moldering ceiling boards were pulled down to make certain the fire was extinguished. Evidently
started by faulty wiring in the loud speaker and ventilating chamber, the fire destroyed the loud speaker, melted the grill work, the ceiling
and one seat below and caused slight smoke and water damage. Above the composition ceiling is concrete. The only burnable parts of
the auditorium are the ceiling, seats and stage. The fire's coming at the end of the school term will mar the beauty of the auditorium as
the setting for the baccalaureate and commencement exercises, as it is doubtful whether the damage can be repaired before that time.
Classes were held n the building today although there was a slight delay in getting classes running according to the regular schedules
|The Call of September 13, 1946
CROWD OF 2500 SEES HAVEN HIGH WIN OPENER UNDER NEW LIGHTS
Night football under the newly erected lights at Rotary Field was inaugurated last night in a blaze of glory as well as bright lights as Haven
high school scored a smashing victory 27-12 over Porter Township in the season's opener. A record crowd of approximately 2,500
jammed the bleachers and the sidelines and several hundred others along the Main Street highway above the field watched Coach
Stauffer's charges roll up four touchdowns. J. Cresswell and Gerald Hill shared the scoring honors for Haven with Witman kicking the
three conversions, while Paul and Russelavage scored for Porter.
Haven opened the game by kicking off to Porter's twenty yard line from where the Ports charged twenty five yards before the Blue and
Gold recovered the ball on a fumble. Haven claimed first down on the next play but after two attempts at passing, Porter got the ball on
their own thirty five on downs. Porter's whirlwind halfback, Paul, spearheaded an advance of sixty five yards before he was stopped
within the Haven ten yard line and the first quarter ended with Haven holding the ball on its own thirty yard line.
In the second quarter Haven was stopped dead for four plays and then Porter took over after a twenty five yard punt. On the third play,
Dep Paul, Porter's number 22, romped forty eight yards to score standing up. Immediately after the Porter kickoff, haven's Cresswell took
off and on eleven plays the Haven team advanced sixty one yards for a touchdown by Cresswell after which Witman kicked the
conversion. The half ended after a fumble sponsored by Porter which set them back fifteen yards. During the halftime the Haven band
performed under the direction of Earl C. Unger.
Porter kicked off to Haven to open the second half and from the Haven thirty, Cresswell sped down the field seventy yards, with some
excellent blocking to get him through for a touchdown. Following a fifty five yard kickoff by James Berger, Haven's sub left end, Porter
was topped on its nineteen yard line and tried a punt which was effectively blocked and Haven recovered it on the Porter twenty three,
from where Hill advanced it to the one yard line and scored a touchdown on the next play, with Witman converting. After receiving the
kick from Haven, Porter's Paul made a dash of fifty yards to Haven's thirty five where Witman tackled him. An unlucky fumble right after a
first down lost the ball for the Blue and White and the Havenites started another touchdown advance which included a fifteen yard run bu
Hill. He carried the ball over to score the third touchdown for Haven in the third quarter. Porter was on its thirty yard marker when the
fourth quarter got underway and on the first play, Russelavage charged twenty yards to be followed on the next play by a twenty two yard
romp by Paul which put them on Haven's twenty yard line, from where, after a short pass, and two line bucks, Russelavage broke through
and scored on an eight yard dash. Haven hit a stone wall after the kickoff from Porter and lost the ball on downs, Porter broke the Haven
wall for an eighteen yard pass and for three plays was within five yard of the Haven goal line but it lost the ball on downs and Haven was
on its way for another score when the game ended, Haven leading 27-12.
|Pottsville Republican of December 14, 1912
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN'S SCHOOL BUILDING
Erected Over 62 Years Ago And Is Still In Good Condition
Schuylkill Haven's main school building, which was erected in 1850, is one of the very oldest school buildings in the county. When this
building was erected and later on remodeled, there evidently was no thought of making any provisions for a high school, and in
consequence, we are now using rooms for high school purposes that are not fitted for such use. There is not even a cloak room
connected with the whole high school and much valuable space in the main room is taken up by a library case and the cases containing
the geographical collection on exhibit. Both these should be in another room. Sixty two years ago, Schuylkill Haven's main school
building was erected on High Street. This was the year 1850, when probably there was no, or very little, high school work done. In those
days the boys and girls had all they could do to master the elements of an education in the few months a year given to improve their
minds. In 1876 the structure was rebuilt, after which there were eight rooms in the building. The wings were added about 1894.
Outside of four rooms in this building, all the rooms are too small for the large schools crowded into them and they are necessarily
crowded too full of seats and desks. Recitation seats are placed so close to the front blackboard in some rooms that there is no room left
between the class and the blackboard in which the teacher can work with her class. In these cases, the teacher must find some small
corner in which to sit or stand while the recitation progresses. No doubt, these rooms met both the requirements and the ideals of the
day in which they were constructed but present conditions make them really uncomfortable. With smaller schools, these rooms can still
be used for a makeshift but without a new building somewhere, no relief can be had in diminishing the size of the schools.
Not only in size are many of the rooms lacking but also in ventilation and light. The State department of Health, last year, after receiving
the medical inspector's report, notified the school board that these rooms had neither sufficient air space nor light. This can not be said
of the rooms of our newer building which have high ceilings and plenty of light. With windows in front or at both sides of the pupils, there
are cross lights which are quite injurious to the pupils' eyes. In the large rooms mentioned previously, the light is especially poor. No
other system of ventilation existing in this building but by the manipulation of the windows, the air of the rooms often becomes foul on
cold days because the windows may not be lowered on account of drafts of air. While several of the second floor rooms are hard to get
and keep warm in cold weather, the lower rooms are entirely too warm and it is impossible to keep them at a proper temperature without
subjecting the children in harmful drafts. This one condition, we believe, is responsible for most of the sickness of children in room
These conditions would be eliminated in a new building. In it we would have lights only on the left side and at the rear of the pupils.
Sufficient light would be provided for and the ventilation and heat would be provided for by a modern and satisfactory system. All these
things are possible and, more than that, are required by law. The size of the rooms would likewise be properly regulated and enough of
them provided so that schools would not have to be so large. With the multiplicity of branches and the extent of school courses now
required, it is quite evident that a teacher can not properly instruct nor correctly train forty or fifty pupils under her charge at one time. It
is utterly impossible and it is unreasonable to expect it. We have nine schools below the high school that have forty four or more pupils.
Returning to the high school rooms. These are entirely too small, improperly heated, lighted and ventilated, inadequate in several ways.
The best work can not be done in them. Equipment and apparatus can not be properly stored away or conveniently displayed. How a new
building would improve these conditions will be shown in future articles.
|YEARBOOK OF 1933
|The cast of the Senior Play, "An Accusing Finger". It
made a profit of $358.91.
|Members of the Brotherhood of the Pythagoreans, a club
whose purpose was to arouse interest in mathematics.
|The Latin Club under the direction of Miss Bausum.
|Members of the newspaper staff, "Haven Fax," advised
by Miss Seltzer and Miss Pflueger.
|The Schuylkill Haven Alma Mater was written by two 1928 graduates, Lee Berger, the music and Eda
Peterson, the words. Most Schuylkill Haven students know the first verse. Here are the three
verses of the song .
|The Call of April 8, 1949
SCHOOL BOARD ACQUIRES 25 ACRES ADJOINING ROTARY FIELD BY TRADING PURCHASED FARM
The Schuylkill Haven School District acquired a plot of approximately twenty five acres of land adjoining Rotary Field from the Schuylkill
County Institution District this week, deed of the property having been transferred today. This piece of ground has long been sought by
the school district for future use but was not available unless an approximately comparable area of arable land could be exchanged for it
with the Schuylkill County Commissioners, since the Institution District cannot divest itself of any farm land needed for the support of the
Accordingly, the school board found it possible to purchase approximately twenty seven acres of farm land from William C. Moyer at a total
cost of $10, 820, which land has been deeded to the Institution District and in turn, the Institution District through the County
Commissioners has deeded to the school district as an outright purchase the entire acreage bounded by East Main Street, the
Pennsylvania Railroad, Rotary Field and what may eventually be an extension of Grant Street. This property is a most valuable
acquisition. It will serve as a means for agricultural projects when vocational agriculture is added to the high school curriculum, a
pressing need which has been intensified by the rapid increase in high school tuition pupils during the past few years. Under present
school legislation, consolidation of school facilities will proceed rapidly in the next few years which means that the school district must be
in a position to expand its facilities to take care of the pupils that will undoubtedly seek admission to local schools in the coming year.
With the erection of the high school building at its present location in 1917, opportunity was afforded then to acquire all of the land lying
between the south boundary of the present building and playground at Hess Street. That was not done, with the subsequent necessary
modification of plans for high school plant expansion. The purchase of this additional land will ensure adequate means for expanding
school facilities to meet the growth of the community in the next twenty five years as well as to conform with the requirements of the
rapid trend in Pennsylvania toward larger administrative and school attendance areas. It is possible that future increase in secondary
school enrollment in and about this district may necessitate the erection of a junior high school building, entirely apart from the present
junior-senior high school.
Augmenting the as yet incompletely developed Rotary Field area, the new land, in addition to instructional facilities, may also afford a
means for expanding general recreational facilities for the community. This might include baseball, an auxiliary practice field for football
teams, etc. Aside from the means for future expansion of school facilities, the land value involved is very considerable, as appraised by
real estate experts, which must be regarded as considerably in excess of the actual cost involved in exchange of the two parcels of land.
Members of the school board have been commended for their farsightedness in recognizing the need for acquiring this property and
acting promptly thereon. It goes very far to compensate for the ground which was not purchased when the new high school building was
erected in 1917.
|The Call of June 29, 1951
TWO STRUCTURES ADDED AT REAR OF HIGH SCHOOL
An agriculture building has been erected and work on a new cafeteria is rapidly progressing at the rear of the high school. The $35,000
agriculture building is made up of two rooms, a class room which seats about forty and a work shop. Painted walls and concrete flooring
finish the interior of this cinder block construction. Both buildings are of cinder block and are heated through radiant heat which goes
from the main building to the agriculture building and then into the new cafeteria.
The $45,000 cafeteria will be made up of a modern kitchen and space for tables that will seat two hundred. It is expected that five
hundred students from the elementary and secondary schools will be fed daily. The kitchen section will be tiled to the ceiling while the
floors and ceiling of the remainder will also be tiled and the walls painted.
Schneider and Davis, general contractors for both structures, has started the walls of the cafeteria and it is expected this building will be
put to use in December. The agriculture building has been in use since last November. Bair and Shuey are the electrical contractors
while Losch Boiler Sales Company has charge of the heating and plumbing. The cafeteria equipment will be purchased from the Pottsville
|The Call of October 12, 1951
NEW CAFETERIA OPENS AT HIGH SCHOOL
The beautiful new modern cafeteria which has been erected at the rear of the high school building was opened to the students at
Wednesday noon. Potato salad, hot dogs and buns, chocolate pudding and milk made up the menu for the first day. Two hundred fifty
students can be accommodated at one time in this spacious well lighted structure. The walls are made up of cinder blocks which have
been sprayed with pink paint and white sound proof tile covers the ceiling. Sections of black, brown and green marbleized tile cover the
floor. Recessed lights and ventilators have been placed in the ceiling.
A regular cafeteria bar is located near the rear of the building and directly behind it is an ice cream freezer and a long work table. Under
the work table there is storage space for the pots and pans and a large electric mixer is located at one end. Running parallel with the
table and at the very rear there is a metal sink, a Magic Chef heavy duty gas stove and a double door Frigidaire. Also at the rear of the
building, a section is set off for a large walk in freezer and a supply closet. Also in this part is the electric dishwasher and a Coolerator
deep freeze. The walls behind the cafeteria bar and in this separate section have been covered with green tile board. Part of the wall
facing the cafeteria dining area has been left open. Through this the students can pass their used dishes to an attendant who scrapes
them and puts them in the automatic dishwasher. The handling of the dishes and helping behind the food bar is done by some of the
students. The cooking and preparing of the meals is handled by Mrs. Charlotte Sausser, Mrs. Esther Webber and Mrs. Mary Bair.
The sound system which enables announcements to be heard in all parts of the high school building has been extended to the cafeteria.
An electric water cooler has been placed near the cafeteria bar for the convenience of the students. Bids were received and contracts
awarded for the construction and equipping of the cafeteria on April 30. Work was begun almost immediately so that the project costing
better than $40,000 would be completed by the time the fall term of school began. Unavoidable delays in procuring materials delayed
completion of the building until Wednesday, almost five weeks after school started.
Although the final work was completed only the day prior to the opening of the cafeteria, the first days operations ran smoothly and a total
of 386 students and eight adults were served. John Whalen had the distinction of being the first student served in the new cafeteria.
The first day's meal was a bargain for the students. They pay a quarter. Eating in a restaurant they would pay that much for the hot dog
and milk alone, while the potato salad and pudding would add another quarter. Thursday's menu was chicken rice soup, sandwich,
muffins and milk proved to be just as popular with the students as the opening day menu. The meals served the students are classed as
a Class A lunch for which the state reimburses the local school district nine cents for each lunch served. The school keeps a separate
cafeteria fund and the amount paid by the students plus the amount received form the state permits the cafeteria to be self supporting.
Meals are planned by Miss Regina Lutz, home economics teacher. The school served hot school lunches before the new cafeteria was
placed in operation but because space was limited, the number taking advantage of this facility had to be restricted. Now the cafeteria is
open to all students of the high school and three grade school buildings. The large well lighted building was erected by the contracting
firm of Schneider and Davis of Pottsville, whose base bid was $24,350 with several alternates. Bair and Shuey installed all the electrical
wiring and supplied the lighting fixtures recessed in the ceiling at a cost of $2,869.
The cafeteria, like to vocational agriculture building has radiant heat through hot water pipes embedded in the concrete base floor. The
hot water for the heat comes from the central boilers located in the high school building. Losch Boiler Sales Company of town installed
the heating system and also did all the plumbing work. The bid price was $2,890 for heating and $1,970 for plumbing. The stainless steel
kitchen equipment, cafeteria bar, walk in locker, stove, dishwasher, work tables and other kitchen units as well as the refrigerator, deep
freeze, water fountain and ventilating equipment were installed by the Pottsville Showcase Company of Pottsville.
The new cafeteria is another forward step in the steady progress being made by the local school district under the supervision of Paul S.
Christman, supervising principal. Last year the school added a vocational agriculture building and started work on the baseball diamond
and football practice field located beyond Rotary Field. The foresighted acquisition of a large ploy of ground east of the school from the
county several years ago gives the school ample space for its expansion program. Schuylkill Haven may well be proud of its modern
|The Call of December 11, 1953
HAVEN WINS CONFERENCE CROWN
HAFER AND RHEN EACH SCORE TWICE TO GIVE HURRICANES 28-6 RECORD BREAKING WIN
The Schuylkill Haven Hurricanes won the Eastern Conference title by defeating the Red Raiders of Scranton Tech, 28-6, at Rotary Field,
Saturday afternoon, December 5. The Hurricanes set a conference record by scoring 28 points, the most ever scored in a championship
game. Don Hafer, Haven's powerhouse fullback and Ron Rhen, Haven's sticky fingered end each scored two touchdowns. "Doc" Vitelli,
captain of the championship Hurricanes, scored three extra points on a bit of beautiful faking and running. Russ Smith, Scranton's triple
threat quarterback scored the lone touchdown for the Red Raiders.
The first quarter was a scoreless period with both teams playing excellent defensive ball. Rhen punted on last down but Russ Smith
fumbled for the Red Raiders and Hugh Hoke, playing great ball all season, fell on it to give the Hurricanes possession. The Red Raiders
held again however, and the Hurricanes again were short on the first down. Throughout the entire first quarter, the ball seesawed back
and forth with both teams holding fast. Early in the second period, however, the Hurricanes started to roll. A punt from Russ Smith was
downed on the Haven nine yard line. From this spot, the Hurricanes drove ll the way across the field for a touchdown. Don Hafer went
over from the Scranton one for the score. "Doc" Vitelli scored the extra point on a reverse. Shuey's kickoff was taken by the Red Raider's
fullback, Murrazzi, and returned to the Scranton forty two. Two plays later Perih fumbled in the Red Raiders backfield and Ron Rhen,
crashing in from his end spot, scooped up the ball and raced the thirty nine yards for the score. Don Hafer added the extra point on an off
tackle smash. The half ended with the Hurricanes out in front 14-0.
In the second half, after an exchange of punts, the Red Raiders drove all the way to the Hurricane eleven. Then a penalty pushed them
back but they came right on through again and pushed to the Haven six. Smith faded to pass on last down and Murrazzi caught the ball
over the goal line but out of bounds. The Hurricanes took over but on first down, a fumble on a hand off was recovered by Burke,
Scranton right guard on the Haven nine yard line. Four plays later the Red Raiders scored their only touchdown with Smith pushing over
on a quarterback sneak from the three. Smith's placement try was wide. The Hurricanes were not to be stopped, however, and
immediately after receiving Smith's kickoff, started a drive which carried seventy five yards in ten plays. Hafer scored from the one yard
line and Vitelli added the bonus point on a reverse. The third quarter ended with the Hurricanes in front, 21-6.
In the fourth quarter a pass from Smith was intercepted beautifully by Bob Drey and returned to the Scranton forty four yard line. In two
straight plays Don Hafer moved the ball to the thirty one for a Haven first down. The Hurricanes then surprised the Scranton defense by
sending Drey back to pass. For two straight quarters, the Hurricanes had not fired a pass but then Bob Drey pitched a beautiful thirty one
yard pass to Ron Rhen for the score. "Doc" Vitelli again reversed around the end and rang up the extra point on a clever bit of faking and
sidestepping. Minutes later in the final period it looked as if the Hurricanes were going to score again when they drove to the Red
Raiders eight yard line. Then a fifteen yard penalty, the only Hurricane penalty in the game sent them back to the Scranton twenty two.
From there Drey faded to pass but his toss to Nick Lascala was intercepted by Russ Smith. Four downs later Smith got off a high but very
short boot to the Red Raiders twenty four. Hafer brought the ball to the fourteen on an end sweep and Schaeffer plunged to the twelve
when the game ended. The Hurricanes were out in front, 28-6.
|The Call of January 28, 1954
TOWN SHOWS APPRECIATION BY GIVING NEW CAR TO COACH WILLIAM K. STAUFFER
Schuylkill Haven showed its appreciation to a championship team and to Coach Bill Stauffer for his twenty five years of successful
coaching by presenting the veteran coach with a new Packard four door sedan and the team members with jackets and a miniature coal
football. Between three and four hundred sports fans and friends of the coach and his 1953 championship team turned out to pay tribute
to them last Friday night at a celebration banquet at the Legion hut.
The presentation of the keys to the new automobile to Coach Stauffer by Joseph Manbeck caught the county's dean of coaches completely
by surprise. Stauffer was immediately taken to the gleaming 1954 Packard parked outside a side exit and he obliged photographers by
getting behind the wheel and by standing with his wife and members of the committee alongside the car. Returning to the stage still
overwhelmed by the gift bestowed upon him, Stauffer responded briefly with words of thanks.
The successful affair was opened by Paul Hartranft calling upon reverend Marlin T. Schaeffer for the invocation. He then introduced Jack
Reese, who recently announced his retirement as coach at Saint Clair, who served as toastmaster. His spontaneous humor immediately
put the crowd in a good mood and set the stage for later proceedings. Hugh H. Hoke, president of the local school board, welcomed the
guests and introduced the other members of the school board. Also introduced were the members of the committee responsible for the
dinner and collecting the funds which made possible the purchase of the gifts. They were Hiram L. Fisher Jr., Clayton Turner, Russell
Snyder, William Hess, Joseph Manbeck, E. Walter Hinkle and William J. Harner. Colonel James T. L. Schwenk, who was a member of Coach
Stauffer's first championship team twenty five years ago was the speaker for the evening. He attended Albright College and then went on
to west Point where he became captain of the Army football team. He is now graduate manager of athletics at West Point. In his remarks,
Schwenk acclaimed the 1953 team as the best that Coach Stauffer has produced. He compared football of twenty five years ago with the
football of today pointing out that players today play a more exacting game while those of twenty five years ago played in a general way
with each man using his own judgement in stopping the opposing team. Taking advantage of the absence of Rip Miller of Navy, who was
unable to come because of a heavy snowstorm, Colonel Schwenk stated that the Army was looking for boys from this section. Although
the major portion of his talk was on football, in keeping with the occasion, he closed by urging the boys to realize the importance of
keeping up with their studies. He told them that studies were more important to them than sports in preparing them for the game of life.
The presentation portion of the program was started with Lieutenant Colonel Schwenk presenting the Eastern Conference trophy for the
1953 champions to Paul E. Hartranft. Toastmaster Reese pointed out that winning the championship was a real accomplishment,
considering the fact that the Eastern Conference was one of the biggest in the country with more than fifty school members. Coach Bill
Stauffer and Faculty Manager William J. Harner presented the blue and gold woolen jackets to the thirty six members of the team, their
trainer and managers. The jackets are blue with thin gold trim lines down the sleeves and a large gold circle on the left side with the
words Eastern Conference Champions 1953 in blue. On the right side in gold script is the boys first or nickname. Each boy also received
a miniature football made from anthracite coal.
Paul S. Christman, superintendent of the Schuylkill Haven schools, paid tribute to Coach Stauffer both as a coach and as a teacher of boys
in the ways of good sportsmanship and clean living. Following the presentation of the automobile to Coach Stauffer, gifts of money were
presented to the assistant coaches and to the faculty manager. Assistant Coach Harry Hummel received a $100 bill and $50 bills were
given to Assistant Coach Leroy Heckman and to faculty Manager Harner. Introduced as being responsible for Coach Stauffer, the
championship football team and the banquet were Mr. and Mrs. William Stauffer Sr., parents of the coach. The coach's wife was presented
with the floral centerpiece at the speaker's table. The banquet came to an end with the benediction by the Reverend Marlin T. Schaeffer.
A dance was enjoyed afterwards.
|YEARBOOK OF 1934
|Coach Stauffer's 1934 football squad.
|Thomas Edison Science Club
|Science laboratory as it appeared in 1934
|The high school gymnasium from 1934.
|YEARBOOK OF 1935
|Clockwise from top left:
old East Ward school
built in 1859, remodeled
in 1878 and demolished
in 1931; school board,
Debating Club and the
auditorium as it
appeared in 1935.
|YEARBOOK OF 1936
|At left is Coach Bill Stauffer's 1936 football squad and at right is the Gymnastics Club under Mr. Stauffer's direction. This club met at
Ketner's on Columbia Street.
|At left is the HiY Club under the direction of Mr. Hartranft, whose motto was: Clean living, clean speech, clean athletics and clean
scholarship. At right is the Thomas Edison Science Club advised by Mr. Harner.
|YEARBOOK OF 1937
|These pictures from the 1937
yearbook are as follows from
upper left, moving clockwise:
pictures of the building project,
the school board and the entire
faculty of the high school in two
|The Call of December 23, 1899
The citizens of the South Ward are circulating a petition to be presented to the School Board shortly. They claim the need of a school
building on the lower side of the railroad tracks. A census having been taken, it is found that there are enough children attending school
from Berne, Columbia and Canal Streets and the Point to fill two rooms. Such being the case, they feel entitled to a school building in that
ward, which will to an extent relieve the main schools and also the anxiety of parents in sending their tots over the railroad. When the
weather is at zero, to have these small children standing as long as fifteen minutes, which is no uncommon thing, before they can cross
the railroad, is not only wrong but inhuman. The arguments presented follow. The ward is increasing and improving rapidly. A number of
houses are in the way of erection on Berne Street, the Point and Schumacher's addition. It is understood that the farm purchased by Mr.
Bast is to be laid out in lots at very reasonable terms which will bring in additional population to this section. Then again, a part of the
township which the borough takes care of in part, should be taken into the borough limits, and that revenue placed in our town treasury
instead of the township, which would only be in the line of progress. Again, the borough owns land on which stands the notable "lockup",
that could be well utilized for this purpose and would make a central point. This subject is presented to the public through The Call and is
the sentiment of the citizens of the South Ward. CITIZEN
*This petition was presented to the school board in an effort to have a school building erected in the South Ward.
|The Call of October 19, 1900
THE NEW SCHOOL BUILDING
Handsome Structure in the South Ward Completed at a Cost of $6,365 - An Ornament to the Town
Schuylkill Haven's new school building is a model of neatness and perfection. The new structure is situated in the South ward on the
west side of Canal Street and about three hundred feet south of G. H. Gerber's shoe factory. It is a one story brick structure, having a
frontage of 78 1/2 feet and a depth of 29 feet. The roof directly over the doorway looms up to a peak, while slightly to the right a
beautifully proportioned little tower graces the exterior and breaks the otherwise monotonous outlines of the building. Passing through
heavy iron gates, one finds himself in a vestibule, from which he passes through a pair of heavy, glass fitted doors into a large hall, nine
feet wide, which separates the two rooms, 27 by 32 feet and 27 by 34 feet in size respectively, the room facing the south being the larger.
The ceilings are fourteen feet clear and a flood of light comes through eight large windows in each room. The walls are finished in rough
cast, the ceilings having the ordinary white finish. The rooms are heated by means of hot water, the coils in each room, which have 873
feet of heating surface, leading from a large heater in the cellar. Each room is furnished with 35 desks of the latest design and of
different sizes for the pupils and one for the teacher. Over 100 square feet of high grade blackboards are on the walls in each room. A
door leads to an ante room, six by six feet, where the children's cloaks, hats, etc., are kept. There is wainscoting throughout the building
and an eight foot deep cellar extends under the entire edifice. Only the best and most select material was used and the building is one of
the most substantial in the borough. Reading shale brick, mountain quarried stone and South Carolina rift boards for flooring were
among the important items used in its construction. The plot of ground upon which the new building stands is 46 by 274 feet in size.
The erection of the building was decided upon at a meeting of the Board of Directors held on Monday evening, March 12th. The board
selected the architect on May 6th. The contract for the erection of the building was awarded on Tuesday evening, June 12th and on
Monday, June 18th, excavating for the foundation was commenced. The contractor finished his part of the work three weeks ago but the
building was only completed in full during the present week when Joseph N. Meyer installed the heating apparatus.
William J. Griesbaum of Pottsville was the contractor. William A. Fink of Reading was the architect. Francis Kline and Company of
Pottsville did the painting. Aregood and Son of Pottsville did the carpenter work. Joseph N. Meyer of town did the plumbing and J. C.
O'Donnel of town did the tin roofing. The entire cost of the building with heating apparatus was $6,365. Schuylkill Haven has one of the
finest school buildings of its size in the county and her taxpayers can feel justly proud of it.
|The Call of March 27, 1969
WORKER DIES ON SCHOOL JOB
A worker on the new Schuylkill Haven Area High School building, William F. Stevens, 47 of Kulpmont, died suddenly of a heart attack while
working Wednesday of last week at 10:30 in the morning. Dr. H. C. Rubright was summoned immediately but the man was dead. He called
the coroner and the body was released to the Bast and Detweiler Funeral Home and later taken to a Kulpmont funeral home. Stevens had
worked for six weeks on the local building project for John F. Miles, heating and air conditioning contractor. He was a member of
Shamokin Local 559 of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union. He was married to the former Margaret Galgocy and had one son, Michael, 13.
|YEARBOOK OF 1938
|Pictures from 1938 yearbook clockwise from top left: the
baseball team, the annex which had been recently constructed,
the Press Club and the freshen boys at work at shop class.
|YEARBOOK OF 1939
|From the 1939 yearbook clockwise starting at top left: the high
school after the fire, the National Honor Society, the football team
and the high school band.
|YEARBOOK OF 1940
|At left is the varsity basketball team and at right is the school safety patrol.
|Below is Coach Stauffer's 1939 football squad. The other images
are from the Thanksgiving Day game of 1939, won by Schuylkill
Haven over Cressona 19-0. Note the officials uniforms, the early
players uniforms and the cars near the stadium on the east side
of the field. The band opens the proceedings.
|YEARBOOK OF 1941
|Clockwise from top left: The football field as it appeared in 1941, the Home Economics Club, the Blue and Gold yearbook staff and the
|YEARBOOK OF 1942
|Images from upper left
going clockwise are: The
Varsity basketball team, the
Hi-Y Club, scenes from the
May Day events and the
|YEARBOOK OF 1943
|Images from top left moving clockwise are: the
Junior High Honor Society, the Majorette Squad,
Board of Directors for Schuylkill Haven School
District and the Aircraft Club.
|Miners Journal of August 31, 1850
NEW SCHOOL AT SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
The cornerstone of a new school house, now building in this borough, will be laid tomorrow, Sunday morning at ten o'clock, with the
official ceremonies of the Order of Free Masons. Several addresses will be delivered. The building is designed to accommodate all the
pupils of the borough, and we understand, will cost about $7,000. This amount was made up for the Directors by voluntary loans on the
part of the citizens, in sums varying from fifty dollars upwards, a commendable example, well worthy of imitation.
|Miners Journal of March 13, 1852
PRINCIPAL ISSUES REPORT
F. S. Jewell, Esquire, principal of the public schools of Schuylkill Haven, has just issued his monthly report for February. The number of
students at the beginning of the month was 458 and the number at the close of the month was 466, being an increase of eight. Male
scholars in each school were: Number 1-65, Number 2-61, Number 3-76. Female scholars in each school were: Number 1-56, Number 2-60,
Number 3-77 and Number 4-71. The Miscellany says, as the School Board are taking measures to finish another school room, each teacher
will soon have a separate room. Schools Number 3 and 4 are now compelled to occupy one room. The condition of the school is
ordinarily good and its prospects for the term encouraging.
|Miners Journal of April 24, 1852
RESIGNATION OF PRINCIPAL
As reported in the Schuylkill Haven Miscellany: F. S. Jewell has resigned his post, resignation to take effect on May 15th, as
Superintendent of our borough's schools. We are not in the habit of praising either men or actions while they are in our midst, but in
justice to both him and the School Board under which he has acted, we will add that our schools have improved wonderfully under his
supervision. As a teacher he stands in an enviable position and we fear this resignation will be a drawback to the institution.
|YEARBOOK OF 1944
|Images from top left and moving
clockwise are: varsity basketball
team, the varsity football team, the
manual arts club and the senior and
junior honor societies.
|YEARBOOK OF 1945
|Pictures, clockwise from
top left: basketball team,
cheerleaders and the
|YEARBOOK OF 1946
|Top row: Auxiliary
staff at the high
school, the Student
Council and the
Junior Honor Society.
The band is at left.
|YEARBOOK OF 1947
|Cheerleading squad for the year: Kneeling: Laura Moyer, Joyce
Oswald, Ellen Reed, Harriet Schaeffer, Louise Frantz Standing:
Gerald Donmoyer, Gladys Gurski and Gerald Klahr
|Hi-Y Christmas dance in 1946
|Majorettes left to right: Nancy Aregood, Alice Kuhn, Anne
Mengle, Lou Ann McLaughlin, Dolores Miller, Betty
Wildermuth, Mildred D'Alio
|YEARBOOK OF 1948
|YEARBOOK OF 1949
from top left:
baseball team, junior
varsity football team,
Junior Honor Society
and a page on the
health program at
the high school.
|YEARBOOK OF 1950
|Clockwise from upper left photo:
high school orchestra, Junior
Honor Society, high school
support staff and the Board of
|YEARBOOK OF 1951
|Clockwise from upper
Club, Home Economics
Club, the faculty and
the basketball team.
|YEARBOOK OF 1952
|Clockwise from upper left: varsity football team, the Future
Farmers of America, the Blue and Gold yearbook staff and the
|YEARBOOK OF 1953
|The pictures on the top row above are of the faculty. In the second row from left to right is the Student Council, the basketball team and
the Hi-Y Club.
|YEARBOOK OF 1954
|YEARBOOK OF 1955
|YEARBOOK OF 1956
|YEARBOOK OF 1957
|YEARBOOK OF 1958
|YEARBOOK OF 1959
|YEARBOOK OF 1960
|The Call of May 24, 1907
The first annual meeting, reunion and banquet of the Schuylkill Haven High School Alumni Association was held at the Hotel Grand last
evening. The business of the annual meeting was prefaced with a selection entitled "Gorella" by Bensinger's Orchestra, followed by the
chorus "On Gallant Company" by the Alumni Chorus. The business session closed with the selection "Spuds" by the orchestra and the
rendition of "On, On Swiftly We Glide" by the Alumni Chorus. The members and their friends then marched to the hotel dining room.
During the banquet there was a selection by the orchestra, Harry Snayberger read the history of the high school, there was a recitation by
Miss Minola Snyder, John R. Jones, Esquire, delivered the alumni oration, the orchestra rendered a waltz medley, Wilmer Bubeck recited
"Mr. Winkle on Skates" and the orchestra played a pretty selection.
At the close of the banquet, with George W. Butz presiding, these toasts were responded to: "Hits and Misses," R. W. Ziegenfus; "The
Joys of a School Director," Dr. John A. Lessig; "Reminiscences," W. F. Bensinger; "Perseverance," Miss Mary A. Ebling; "The Good Old
Days," Dr. A. H. Detweiler; "Good Luck," Miss Ella Sherer; "The Innocents,: Professor E. P. Heckert. The reunion closed with the selection,
"Dixie Rube," by the orchestra and the chorus, "The Nation's Pride," by the Alumni Chorus. The menu consisted of blue points, olives,
pepper sauce, pickles, cold tongue, boiled ham, celery, potato salad, radishes, prime ribs, roast beef, potatoes, peas, tomatoes, corn,
beans strawberries, ice cream, fruit, cake, nuts and coffee.
|The Call of January 26, 1912
LECTURED THE TEACHERS
Misses Beck and Weiss, teachers of the North Ward schools were given an uncalled for and unexpected lecture Tuesday of this week by
one Joseph Geshwindt of Garfield Avenue. It appears that a son of Mr. Geschwindt in descending the steps in the hall of the school
building did so in a rather noisy manner. He was called back by his teacher, Miss Beck, and requested to descend the steps in a more
quiet manner. The second time it was a less noisy descent but not sufficient to satisfy the teacher, who again called the boy back and
ordered him to descend in a more quiet manner. The boy did this without any objections, ran out into the school yard and as his father
happened along at the time, told to him some kind of story. The father immediately went into the school taught by Miss Beck and without
asking any questions, in a loud voice commenced a tirade of very uncomplimentary remarks interspersed with some rather choicy
grammar. Leaving Miss Beck without any chance to reply, he turned and entered the room taught by Miss Weiss, where his daughter
attends school, and showered Miss Weiss with a similar address. Pupils in both schools it is said, were very badly scared and many
began to cry. The peace of the school room being so unexpectedly disturbed, and in such an unusual manner, the effects were felt by
teachers and scholars alike for the balance of the day. The matter will be given attention by the School Board at its next regular meeting.
|The Call of October 6, 1916
SAID BOARD WAS BEING BEATEN ON NEW BUILDING - Charges Not Proven
A discharged workman on the new high school building during the week informed several members of the Schuylkill Haven School Board
that the Beard Construction Company of Reading, through their employees, were not erecting the new school building according to plans
and specifications and that instead of placing iron or steel meshing between the floors and ceilings, on which the concrete was to be
placed, they had passed this by. This employee, a citizen of Schuylkill Haven and a taxpayer, offered the sum of only $100, to take the
members of the School Board to the building and show them where they were being beaten on the work.
As a result of these charges, both the foreman, E. J. Wert, and the architect, Frank X. Reilly, together with several workmen, appeared
before the board. Both of these gentlemen invited a thorough inspection of every part of the building and denied most emphatically that
anything wrong was being done. They were willing that an outside expert be brought here to inspect the building and were ready to lend
any assistance. Mr. Wert stated that in no way would it be to his advantage to defraud in the manner in which this man, who calls himself
a citizen of the town, insinuates, as everything is checked up after him.
When this citizen was refused the $100, he demanded from the board "to show up the contractors," after making the assertion to at least
two members of the board and a number of other citizens, he got peeved when informed that his name had been given to the board. He
then stated that should anything come of his assertion, he would deny what he had said and would not hesitate to call the two members
of the board "liars." So far as the members of the School Board are concerned, they are through with the matter, being satisfied that the
work on the new building is being done satisfactorily and to the best interests of the board and the town. Whether or not the Beard
Construction Company will enter suit against this resident, was not definitely stated at the meeting but from rumors heard there is every
reason to believe that this man will be given an opportunity before the court of justice to prove his assertion and that at a very early date.
|The Call of October 20, 1916
PROGRESS MADE ON SCHOOL BUILDING
Schuylkill Haven's new school building has within the past two weeks assumed a more dignified and graceful appearance. The public is
now enabled for the first time to gain a more illuminating and definite idea of the size and appearance of the building when it is
completed than was possible at any time during the building operations.
On all sides are now heard remarks to th effect that it was not thought the building would be so large or that it would be as good looking
as what all indications now point to it being when completed. Sunday afternoon brought hundreds of interested taxpayers and citizens to
Haven Street to view the building and learn the cause of this year's double school tax assessment. They all seemed favorably impressed
and better satisfied after having looked over the tangible evidence of what the money is being expended for.
The real construction work has been completed. That is, all brick work is about finished. The four walls have been completed. More
than 400,000 brick was used. It is expected that by the end of this week the roof will be about covered in, although not all of the finishing
touches to the same will be completed for some time, but the most important portion will be finished. All concrete work is finished
except the concreting of the stairways and this work will not be commenced for some time. The gypsum blocks with which the partitions
are to be built thus making the same absolutely fireproof have arrived and have been stored in the building. Thursday the work of laying
the blocks and putting up the partitions was commenced.
The plumbers are hard at work as are also the heating plant men. Excavations this week were begun to accommodate the heating plant
on the ground floor. All other excavating has been finished. The work of cutting down the embankment or hill in front of the building
was begun this week and by the end of the week the same will be finished and will therefore add an entirely different appearance to the
building. The hill will be cut down to the street level near the pavement and will then be graded to the depth of the ground floor of the
auditorium or assembly hall. The first and second floor are ready for the wood sleepers. Upon the wood sleepers are placed the
flooring. The sleepers have been placed on the concrete joists. The electric wiring has been completed or finished as far as it is
possible to finish it at this time.
Next week it is proposed to begin the plastering. The second or top floor will be given attention first and when all plastering is finished
on this floor the first floor will give work for the plasterers. Next week the foreman, Mr. J. Wert, expects to add about ten additional
carpenters to his present force in order to rush the work with all possible haste. When asked when he expected to have the building
completed, he would give no definite date. This week a portion of Haven Street was opened by Ray Wildermuth, the successful bidder
for the sewer. The sewer will connect the school building with the Paxson sewer on Paxson Avenue. About thirty five men are now
employed in and about the building in various capacities. This number will be considerably increased later on.
|The Call of June 5, 1925
NO COMMERCIALIZED ATHLETICS
At its most recent meeting, the board went into a lengthy discussion and criticism of commercialized athletics. This was precipitated by
the statement that Professor Kline has been using three periods of the day during school hours for athletics. Mr. Stauffer said that both
he and President Paxson thought this is too much and that more time ought to be devoted to teaching important branches of the school
curriculum. All of the members of the board expressed themselves as heartily in favor of athletics within reason. Major Gangloff
referred to the fact, when the men were examined for service, during the world war, that every third man was found physically unfit. This
was due chiefly to the fact that so many young men did not know how to regulate their physical condition nor how to take care of their
bodies that was needed. Mr. Stauffer said that he was of the opinion that it is not so much the lack of exercise as it is essential
knowledge of hygiene. In criticising commercialism in athletics he said that he thought that $1,700 per year was too much a salary to pay
for teaching basketball and football.
Superintendent Bubeck expressed the view that it is significant that one of the colleges has dropped athletics as a feature to see how its
elimination will work out to the detriment or success of the institution. The faculty of this college takes the position of a broad subject of
health education with something for everybody and not athletics for the few. They are adopting a hygiene course. But he did say that
athletics constitute a powerful factor as a builder of the morals and school interest and enthusiasm. Mr. Stauffer continued his criticism
that athletics are being overdone. He believes that it is eminently right and proper to have athletic contests among the scholars but he
doesn't think it is right to devote a half a day to athletics.
Superintendent Bubeck stated that he is inclined to think that the statement to the effect that three periods through the day were being
devoted to athletics to the detriment of the legitimate study is overdrawn. He said that the students have been given attention to extra
athletics during a portion of study hall time.
|The Call of September 24, 1915
HIGH SCHOOL COURSE TO BE FOUR YEARS SOON
By permission of the Board of education with the approval of the High School Inspector of this district an arrangement has been made to
modify the upper grades of the schools. The present ninth grade will be treated as an eighth grade only. High school work will be
dropped from it and all its classes will be held in its own room under the supervision of the teacher in charge. There will be three eighth
grade classes this year, preparing for a ninth grade which will be the first year of the high school next year. This will not interfere with the
term of graduation of the present ninth grade from the high school, as it is the intention of the board to issue the three year diploma to all
these of that grade who may not want to complete a four year's course. After this year there will be only two eighth grades as has been
the arrangement heretofore. All the class periods of the high school are of the same length now, forty minutes. They had varied from
thirty five to forty five minutes before. The department has approved of periods of uniform length. The course of study in all the grades is
to be made to conform a little more closely to that laid down in the state manual than heretofore. This will shorten the school session in
nearly all the grades. It is a general feeling that the school session is too long. The program that is being followed makes a study period
of the last period of the afternoon session. It is felt that a period of study under the supervision of the teacher at this time will do much to
lessen the burden of home study. Recess has been dropped from the eighth and the ninth grades in high school.
|The Call of November 5, 1915
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN SCHOOL CHANGES
In order that more time may be given to actual class teaching the monthly marks in the future will be based on written lessons and weekly
estimates. The work passed over is to be constantly reviewed in connection with the daily recitations. The monthly reviews, it has been
found, take up too much time and the daily review for essentials, in the end, makes for greater thoroughness.
The eighth grades are expected to cover all the work leading up to the high school. This is the plan in force in ninety five percent of the
school systems of the state. To do this classes must move a little more rapidly than heretofore and more time must be spent in actual
teaching. By reading the monthly formal reviews and examinations, much time will be saved. It has been decided to supply additional
supplementary readers in the first four grades. By supplying a different text for each room for the grades additional supplementary texts
can be secured for each grade at the price of one set for grades. This will greatly increase the efficiency of the work done in reading.
The best schools now read from four to nine books per year in the primary grades. In some schools when the whole term is taken up in
reading and languages an even larger number of texts are read.
|The Call of January 11, 1918
MAY MOVE TO OLD SCHOOL BUILDING
Proper heating of the new high school building and the safeguarding of the health of the scholars was given careful consideration by the
members of the school board at their regular monthly meeting on Monday evening. In the discussion, it was discovered that the entire
building can be suitably heated with the exception of two or three rooms on the north side of the building. A communication was read
from Columbus Heating and Ventilating Company stating that a man was on his way to Schuylkill Haven and will remain here until
everything was satisfactorily adjusted. The firm could see no reason why the plant was not giving entire satisfaction in view of the fact
that other plants in this locality are doing all that is claimed for them. The board decided that unless the rooms could be heated to a
proper temperature, several of the schools would be transferred to the old building in the east ward. All that is necessary for the transfer
would be the connecting of the steam pipe. This was ordered done. However, with moderating weather, Superintendent Hoover was of
the opinion that the present rooms could be heated.
|The Call of April 5, 1918
STUDY OF GERMAN DISCONTINUED
The study of the German language in the public schools of Schuylkill Haven will be a thing of the past, following the closing of the schools
for the summer vacation next year. This was decided upon by the members of the board at their regular monthly meeting on Monday
evening. The subject of German in the local schools was given careful consideration for several months past and each and every
member felt that it was best for all concerned. In order that the scholars who have been studying this language during the past year may
not have wasted an entire year, the board permitted the study of the language next year and then its death knell. Hundreds of colleges
and schools all over the country have dropped this study and it is the belief that others would do likewise. The study of French will be
substituted for the German although Superintendent Hoover stated that the coming language will be Spanish. The latter will be fuond
more practicable than any other language. It is just possible that the Spanish language may be taught, providing a suitable teacher can
be found as an instructor.
|YEARBOOK OF 1961
|Pep Rally in the auditorium.
|Future Teachers of America
|YEARBOOK OF 1962
|YEARBOOK OF 1963
|Pictures are as they are described in the captions. At right the
pictures are from the senior play that year. Second picture
below is the senior class officers.
|YEARBOOK OF 1964
|HIGH SCHOOL FACULTY OF 1963-1964
|The Reading Times of March 19, 1918
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN TEACHERS WANT MORE PAY
A petition was presented a short time ago to the members of the school board at their regular meeting by the members of the teaching
faculty, asking for an increase of ten dollars per month in their salaries. The petition, signed by every one of the teachers, was presented
by Miss Tillie Meyer and Professor Ralph Ziegenfus. Embodied in the petition were the facts that the teachers were supposed to
subscribe to the Red Cross, the Liberty Loan and other worthy projects, together with the increased cost of living. Each and every one of
the board were in favor of the increase if the finances and budget would have permitted of the same.
The attention of the teachers was called to the fact that the sum of $2,500 was still due on the erection of the new building and that the
board has about $8,000 to pay the salaries and other obligations until the end of the term and that it will require about $10,000 to run the
schools for the remainder of the year. The request had to be refused. If another demand is made by the teachers the board will
undoubtedly be compelled to raise the tax rate.
|The Call of December 3, 1915
SITE NOR ARCHITECT FOR NEW BUILDING NOT YET SELECTED
For four hours on Monday evening the school board listened to as many architects describing plans for school buildings, explaining
specifications, answering questions of construction and materials and making a request to be given the position of architect for the new
school building. From the Monday night's meeting the members of the board learned quite a number of points on the matter of
construction, etc. The members have also been enabled to judge to a certain extent of the ability of the architect to furnish plans for the
construction of a proper building to meet the present and future needs of the school district. The architects who appeared before the
board on Monday evening were Kendrick & Burkhart, Pottsville, Frank X. Reilly of Pottsville, Clyde R. Adams of Philadelphia, and Warren
M. High of Reading. Heretofore architects Mower and a Mr. School had appeared before the board. This makes six architects to choose
from. Because of the lateness of the hour the board did not decide the matter Monday evening. It is not definite when the matter will be
decided upon. Several of the architects who have been after the position for some time have submitted plans and drawings of other
buildings and sketches of a suitable building for this place. Others of the architects made a request for a similar privilege.
From questions asked the different architects the fact has been learned that for the two story building proposed it will not be necessary
to have a complete fireproof building but a semi fireproof building and that the same can be erected and fitted up in eight to nine months.
|The Call of December 17, 1915
SITE SELECTED FOR SCHOOL BUILDING
The school board at an adjourned meeting held Monday finally and definitely decided on the site for the new school building. The site
selected was the plot of ground purchased several years ago and located on Haven Street. Although several other sites have been
suggested the Haven Street plot impressed the directors the most favorable and it was therefore chosen. The matter of selecting an
architect is still giving the members of the board considerable concern. There are at least one half dozen architects who desire to submit
plans and specifications. Several have already done so and the question of selecting the man who the board feels will give the best
service and furnish the most complete and satisfactory plans appears to be a tedious and difficult task. A special meeting has been
called for Saturday evening. At this meeting the architects will again be present and each urge his claim to the appointment. It is
altogether likely the board will at this meeting select the architect to draw up the plans.
|The Call of September 14, 1923
LONGER SCHOOL HOURS A BENEFIT TO PUPILS
The following schedule is now being observed in the schools of town: morning sessions, first eight grades, 8:30 to 11:30; high school 8:30
to 11:45; afternoon sessions, first five grades, 1:00 to 3:30, sixth grade, 1:00 to 3:40, seventh and eighth grades, 1:00 to 3:45 and the high
school, 1:00 to 4:00. This schedule can be readjusted if it is found to cause any real inconvenience to school patrons and school
children. Patrons are urged to report any serious objections directly to the school authorities or indirectly through the children to
teachers. The lengthening of the school day in the high school is in accordance with the best accepted practices in progressive high
schools. It is a step towards raising the standards of scholarship and at the same time it provides for those extracurricular activities
which are fundamental in the equipment of every real American. Some of the activities which are already functioning or for which it is
hoped provision will be made are physical education ,which is a requirement of the state course of study, music and music appreciation,
orchestra and choral work, literary and dramatic societies, library work, clubs related to the work of the different subjects of study, one of
which, the science club, was organized last year by Mr. Christman. In addition other activities include the school paper, visual education
and vocational training.
|The Reading Times of July 19, 1930
SCHOOL BOND ISSUE APPROVED BY STATE - Schuylkill Haven To Erect New School
The bond issue of the borough school district for $122,500, for improvements, which was authorized by the voters at the spring primary
has been approved by the state department and the bonds will shortly be offered for sale. The improvement consists of a new twelve
room school building, which will be erected next summer on the site of the present High Street building.
|The Reading Times of November 15, 1935
TO ERECT SCORE BOARD ON FIELD
The Schuylkill Haven school board will place a large score board on the athletic field. There will also be placed a large athletic event
timer, the gift of the International Machine Company, which comes as a prize won by the essay of Miss Phyllis Mould of the high school
|The Call of January 12, 1923
SCHOOL HOUSE TOOK FIRE
Monday morning about 8:45 the school house in Long Run took fire. Word was telephoned to Schuylkill Haven and the Liberty Company
sent its apparatus to the scene. It was found the flames were at work underneath the roof at the chimney. It was necessary to tear off a
portion of the roof, a three ply affair, consisting of heavy board, shingles and tin. When this was accomplished chemicals were used and
the flames extinguished. The chimney being blocked with soot is ascribed as the cause of the fire. The only damage resulting was to the
roof, the biggest portion of which will have to be replaced.
|The Call of November 7, 1924
PROFANITY OF PUPILS STIRS SCHOOL BOARD
At the school board meeting Monday evening, one of the important topics concerning the conduct and operation of the schools was that
of language used by pupils on their way to and from school and on the playground. It was reported by one of the directors who happened
to be present on the school playground recently that the indecent foul and profane language used was just simply awful and that the time
had come when some action most certainly should be taken to curb it.
Voluntary supervision by the teachers on the playgrounds was suggested with the teachers having the authority to disbar or punish
children who persist in the use of foul language. This voluntary supervision it was thought would be very effective but the supervision
itself might be very limited as not all teachers may be willing or able to give of their time to extra work after the school sessions.
Cooperation with the parents, the Sunday Schools and the churches was thought and stated would be an effective means of overcoming
this condition of affairs. Just what action will be taken was not determined but it was thought the board of education itself should take
some steps immediately in the matter.
|YEARBOOK OF 1965
|YEARBOOK OF 1966
|YEARBOOK OF 1967
|Golf team at right and track team below.
|Junior and Senior Honor Societies
|Science and Biology Clubs
|YEARBOOK OF 1968
|YEARBOOK OF 1969
|High school faculty at left and right
and the Future Teachers Club
|Varsity Club at
left and the
French Club at
|Junior Varsity basketball team at left and
the Varsity basketball team below.
Team at left
Team at right.
left and Senior
Tri-Hi-Y at right.
|YEARBOOK OF 1970
|YEARBOOK OF 1971
|YEARBOOK OF 1972
|YEARBOOK OF 1973
|The Call of April 26, 1907
The second meeting of the Schuylkill Haven High School Alumni Association was held in the high school room on Tuesday evening.
Twenty seven alumni were present. President Bensinger called the meeting to order and the minutes were read and adopted. Mrs. P. T.
Hoy reported that the Membership Committee has accounted for 127 graduates, four of whom are deceased. The committee has put itself
into communication with all graduates whose addresses they have been able to secure. The address of any graduate not known by
committee should be sent to the chairman and will be recorded on the lists. As far as the committee is able to ascertain, commencements
were held the following years: 1879, 80, 87, 89, 90, 92, 94, 95, 96, 98, 99, 1900, 01, 03, 05 and 06. If any years on which commencements
were held are omitted on this list, will someone notify Mrs. Hoy or Principal Heckert.
The Committee on Constitution and Bylaws then reported. This report was taken up by sections, several of which were referred back to
the committee for changes. The question of admitting associate members failed of adoption and a full high school course is now the
constitutional requirement. R. W. Ziegenfus reported for the entertainment committee. Partial arrangements have been made for a
literary program to be given and followed by a banquet. Each alumnus may invite one guest. An alumni chorus will sing at the
commencement exercises. The literary exercises, business meeting and banquet of the association will be held on the evening
preceding commencement. The meeting adjourned until Tuesday evening of next week at eight o'clock. Any information relative to any
alumnus or any class will be gratefully received by any member of the association. Such data will be of historical value. It is desired that
all graduates of the high school join. The annual dues have been made fifty cents.
|Pottsville Journal of August 18, 1916
PROBLEMS AT NEW SCHOOL
Considerable complaint is being made of children playing around the new school building in Schuylkill Haven. The complaint is not that
these children are carrying away material and supplies, but are finding their way to lofty heights on the scaffold and building that would
result seriously should they fall. Several times Constable Butz has been called to chase them away. Unless the practice is broken up, it
may be necessary to institute law suits.
|The Call of August 18, 1916
MAY DEMAND CERTIFICATES
There is a probability that the members of the Schuylkill Haven School Board will demand a certificate of good health from the scholars of
the lower grades when the opening of the fall term arrives. This will apply especially to those persons who have been in the states of
New York and New Jersey where the infantile paralysis has caused the deaths of many children. School boards of other towns and cities
are demanding this certificate of health from both scholars and teachers and there is every reason to believe that the local board will do
likewise. It will be the means of safeguarding both the children and the community in general.
|The Call of November 24, 1916
SCHOOL BUILDING PROGRESSING
Fifty some men are hard at work at the new school building and each day sees the same rounding into what will be a modern and fine
public school building. The window sash or frames are being fitted into some of the windows on the ground floor. The concrete work for
the floors is almost completed and the work of placing the electric wires and necessary plumbing fixtures is being pushed with all speed
possible. The windows and doors have all been boarded up so as to make the interior of the building as comfortable as possible for the
workmen. The ground on the north side of the building has been leveled to its proper level and it is proposed to complete the leveling of
the ground in front of the building this week. The assembly room still contains many tons of sand and numerous upright timbers
supporting the immense scaffold necessary to complete the ceiling of the hall two stories above. The timbers for the floor of the balcony
have been placed in position and will be completed shortly. Every man employed on the job seems to be fired with a desire to hurry along
the completion of the building as rapidly as possible and under the eagle eye and efficient supervision of Foreman Wert it is believed the
same will be completed and ready for occupancy on scheduled time.
|Pottsville Journal of July 7, 1926
ATHLETIC FIELD IS PLANNED FOR TOWN - Schuylkill Haven Association Receives Plans Made By Dept of Internal Affairs
A meeting of the Athletic Association was held in the Town Hall and work will be started in a short time to develop the ten acre field. The
Pennsylvania Department of Internal Affairs submitted a plan to develop the plot which was approved by the association. A committee
was appointed to direct the work will which will change the appearance of the field in a shirt time. One portion of the field will be given
attention at once, a section of 250 feet long and 575 feet wide and will include a track, baseball field, football field, spaces for high
jumping, pole vaulting, shot putting, etc., and also grandstands.
The student body and individual citizens are urgently requested to take part in the preliminary work at once. Some sections of the field
will be plowed, other portions will be leveled and filled up. It will be necessary to have on the field teams, wagons, tractors, plows,
harrows and scoops to do the work. The committee issued a call for volunteers to begin work at once. The plan also covers other
appointments, such as tennis courts, volleyball courts, horseshoe courts, swimming pool, bandstand and large recreation park. The plans
also call for trees to be planted throughout the grounds.
A meeting will be held in the near future in the high school auditorium and the Athletic Field Project will be thoroughly explained to the
general public. Secretary Keith was instructed and authorized to procure a speaker. The Rotary Club, whose bigheartednes and
kindness resulted in securing this plot for the school district will turn over the deed for the ground to the Board of Education at this
Clinton Confehr, Chairman; Harry Goas, Harry Loy, H. E. Oswald and Mrs. E. B. Pflueger were appointed as a committee to outline a
tentative program for the meeting. President Stauffer has appointed a committee to have charge of the development of the field. They
are: Harry Goas, Chairman; O. H. Minnig, H. A. Reber, Raymond Mill, E. B. Hill, Fred R. Burkert, Harry F. Loy, Mrs. A. C. Maberry and Mrs. W.
|Pottsville Journal of April 11, 1928
MARRIED TEACHERS SUBJECT OF DEBATE - Question As To Whether They Should Be Hired For Teaching Is Discussed Again
At a meeting of the school board at Schuylkill Haven, the matter of married teachers was discussed. Members of the board thought that
married women ought not be given preference for positions as teachers. This old resolution was brought up again and discussed at
considerable length. The resolution provided that talent equally as good, if not better, among single women, who may be candidates for
teachers, in future elections, should merit consideration over the married applicants. It also went so far as to provide that "no married
woman be considered as a teacher unless there are no other qualified candidates." The board took no definite action at this meeting but
most of the members expressed themselves along the line that married women ought to be tabooed as applicants for teaching positions
in the future, for various reasons, among them that their employment would prove an injustice against deserving, young, single women
who ought to be recognized. The criticism was not arrived at those married women who have, in the past, and are at present holding
teaching positions. Members of the board stated that incumbents, among the married class of teachers, are giving faithful and efficient
service and the district is fortunate in having instructors of the all around ability they possess.
|Pottsville Journal of December 8, 1930
MOVIE BENEFIT WILL AID INJURED BOYS - Schuylkill Haven Special Attraction Wednesday Evening Has Worthy Object
A movie benefit, the proceeds of which are to be used for defraying the expenses incurred by high school pupils who were injured during
the past football season, will be presented in the Schuylkill Haven high school auditorium on Wednesday evening, December 10th at 7:30
o'clock. The football squad was particularly unfortunate this year in that two of the boys had broken bones which required hospital
attention, one being confined to the hospital for three weeks. The school and community feels distinct obligation to these boys and their
parents for the expenses thus incurred which accounts for the necessity for this movie benefit.
The picture is a product of Talking Pictures Epics Incorporated and is a talking film record of the trip of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Johnston
through Africa. The experiences of three Boy Scouts chosen from among thousands of their fellow members in the United States to
accompany the Johnstons on a part of their African expedition are pictured and described by Mr. Johnston in his narrative accompanying
the film. One of three boys, Dick Douglas, is heard as well as seen in the film and the exploits of the others in the jungle are generously
depicted. All deport themselves in a manner that causes Mr. Johnston to conclude his story with the statement that the Boy Scout idea is
one of the finest things that has ever been brought about. The three scouts were of the Eagle class.
|Pottsville Journal of January 6, 1931
VACATE HIGH STREET REQUEST CITIZENS
One of the principal items of business before the January meeting of the Schuylkill Haven Town Council on Monday evening was a
petition of the Schuylkill Haven School Board asking the borough to vacate High Street from Union Street to Wilson Street in order that
this ground might be utilized in the erection of the new East Ward school building. This petition was the result of a resolution for relief of
poor families at the School Board last week when it was found that the owners of property on Union Street contiguous to school property
were all willing to sell their properties to the school district at the prices set by the board. The petition was accompanied by a blueprint
indicating how the property is to be graded, location of the new building, widening of Pleasant Row, etc. After all members of council had
carefully scrutinized the plans it was ordered on motion that the petition be referred to the solicitor for more information. Principal
objection seemed to be in the fact that no specific provision was made for keeping the High and Wilson Street intersection properly
passable to traffic. This and other minor questions will likely be adjusted at an early date and the necessary action taken by council.
|Pottsville Journal of January 21, 1931
WILL VACATE STREET FOR NEW SCHOOL - Schuylkill Haven Council Acts Favorably On School Board Proposition
The way has been finally opened to the early erection of the new East Ward school building through the approval of borough council of
the School Board petition for the vacating of a part of High Street that must be closed to make possible the erection of the building.
Three properties on Union Street having been purchased, a commodious twelve room school building will now be erected facing on this
street. The steps necessary to the receiving of bids for the erection of the building will no doubt be taken at an early date by the school
|Pottsville Journal of March 26, 1931
ONE LOW BID CAUSE OF AN INVESTIGATION - Acceptance Of Tamaqua Contractor's Figures Would Save Town $10,000
Further consideration was given to the bids for the work on the proposed East Ward school building at a special meeting held in the high
school building on Tuesday evening by the School Board. A large number of bidders and other interested persons were present, among
them the low bidder on the general contract, A. H. Snyder, of Tamaqua. Considerable time was spent in inquiring into the responsibility of
this contractor and a consideration of the work he has done in other communities. He has erected a number of school buildings in recent
years including one at Reading and the Muhlenberg grade school building at College Heights in Allentown. The bid of this contractor is
more than $10,000 lower than that of the highest bid submitted and will effect, if adopted, a considerable saving to the district.
Considerable misinformation as to the authority of the Board in the awarding of bids was set at nought by members of the Board during
the course of the meeting. Every effort is being made to ensure the employment of local labor and materials wherever possible. The
contractor has indicated that all of his labor and his foreman will be hired in town and materials will be bought here if they meet
specifications and general price levels. Messrs. John and George Gray represented local merchants in urging upon the Board that local
employers and dealers in building supplies be favored wherever possible. Action was taken to readvertise for bids on the plumbing and
heating requirements for the building. Another special meeting will be held next Monday evening to take possible final action in the
awarding if the general contract.
|Pottsville Journal of May 1, 1931
NEW SCHOOL WILL BE FINE BUILDING - Schuylkill Haven Structure Will be One Of The Finest And Most Modern Models
Within the next week ground will be broken for the new East Ward grade school at Schuylkill Haven. The school directors are to be
complimented for taking advantage of the present building material market and by constructing a building at this time, providing
employment for several of the borough's workmen. The construction of a new building at this time will do much to alleviate the
unemployment situation and action of this nature is in conformance with the suggestions of President Hoover's Emergency Committee for
The building when completed will be one of the most modern and finest grade schools in eastern Pennsylvania. The exterior will be of
red brick with gray stone trimmings. The main front will be on Union Street but from every angle the building will be very imposing. The
playground will be at the rear of the building and will be fenced in so that it will not be necessary for the children to play on nor cross any
street while at play. A gate will be provided on Wilson Street facing High Street so that children from this section of the ward may enter
the school grounds without journeying around the property and entering from Union Street. Rear entrances from the playground to the
school have also been provided.
There will be two entrances from Union Street and two from the playground. In the rear overlooking the playground, there will be a bell
tower containing the bell now in use in the old building. The building has a frontage on Union Street of one hundred and twenty five feet
and has a depth of sixty five feet. The boiler, coal and a large storage room will be in the basement. Coal will be delivered and ashes will
be removed from the Refowich Alley side of the building, so that there will be no interference with Union Street traffic. There will be a
four foot wide concrete pavement along Pleasant Row and Wilson Street, and a similar walk for the depth of the building on Refowich
Alley. On Union Street there will be a six foot wide concrete walk for the full length of the property. New curbs will also be provided on all
The first floor will contain six full size classrooms, a twenty four foot square library, office and toilets for both boys and girls. The toilets
will be provided with new type of juvenile fixtures designed especially for use in grade schools. Classrooms Number 1 and 2 will be
divided by folding doors which when open will provide room for parent-teacher meetings and for kindergarten play. The second floor will
contain six classrooms but the building has been planned that two additional classrooms may be readily added over the library and office
space. The building will be of fire resistant construction. The walls will be of solid brick; interior partitions of cinder block, floors of
concrete supported on steel joists, finished floors are to be of asphalt tile. The corridor, toilet rooms and stairs will have a tile wainscot.
The floors of the toilet rooms will be promenade tile. Doors and trim will be of hardwood. Door frames will be of pressed steel and the
stairs will be of structural steel with stone treads and platforms.
When completed the building will be a monument of which the citizens will long be proud. It has been so planned that additions may be
erected from time to time as the need arises without interfering with the school sessions. The building has been planned and designed
and the construction will be supervised by D. H. Grootenboer and Phillip Knobloch, registered architects of Pottsville.
|The Call of February 16, 1917
CANNOT FINISH ALL SCHOOLS
Two meetings of the school board were held, the first on Saturday evening last and the second on Monday evening last. At either
meeting little business was transacted other than discussing the financial condition of the district and making provisions, so far as
possible, towards the opening of the new school building. Notwithstanding the economy practiced by the board throughout the entire
construction of the building, there will not be any too large amount remaining to thoroughly complete the new high school. The board is
anticipating the donation of nearly one thousand dollars from sources that will enable them to place furniture and fixtures in the building
that had not been provided for when the contract for the erection was given out and which did not properly belong to the contractor.
This includes the installation of book cases, the purchasing of libraries, a time clock and a number of smaller articles that are absolutely
necessary in the furnishing of a first class school building.
CANNOT FINISH ALL SCHOOL ROOMS The board is still in a position to borrow several thousand dollars should necessity demand, but this
they are trying very hard to overcome. It may be possible that in order not to place any additional tax burden on the public, they will leave
the entire furnishing of several rooms go by default for the time being and then at a later date, equip these rooms as the finance will
permit. However, the auditorium and the several class rooms will be completed throughout, as these are the rooms that will be used the
most and will be in demand at all times. In order to hurry along completion of these rooms, the board decided to advertise for the
installation of a clock and shades for all of the windows. The construction of a pavement from Haven Street to the main entrance will be
ONE MONTH FOR DRYING It is calculated that it will require at the very least, one month for the new high school building to become
thoroughly dried and the dampness to be overcome. Even with the heating apparatus being driven at its full capacity, this may not be
accomplished and evidence of dampness may manifest itself for several months after the building is turned over to the school district. It
was the opinion of the board that no unnecessary risks should be taken in jeopardizing the health of the scholars. Therefore the building
may not be occupied until after April first.
|The Call of April 6, 1917
MAY DEDICATE NEW BUILDING SEPTEMBER 1
The members of the Schuylkill Haven School Board at their regular meeting on Monday night gave serious consideration to the dedication
of the new high school building and likewise to the speaker for the occasion. It was the opinion that Labor Day, the first Monday in
September, would be about the appropriate time for the dedication as the building will have been completed and all furniture and fixtures
installed by that time and the building thoroughly dried. Not only this, but the ground about the building will have been graded and
covered with sod and the sidewalks placed in passable shape. The question as a speaker was also discussed and the members of the
board were all in favor of procuring Governor Brumbaugh, if possible. The names of five or six other prominent men were mentioned and
the residents of the community can rest assured that an able orator will address them on the occasion.
The interior of the building is assuming the appearance of a high school building, inasmuch as the electrician has completed the work of
installing the fixtures which are beauties and add considerable to the appearances of the rooms and the plumber is putting the finishing
touches to his contract. The work of putting the furniture in position will be started very shortly. It was these facts that caused the
members of the board to consider at this time the dedication of the building and the procuring of a speaker.
BUILDING ERECTED WITHOUT "EXTRAS" When the contract for the new building was awarded to the Beard Construction Company at a
cost of $54,600, it was the opinion of the large number of the taxpayers that this amount would be materially increased by "extras" on the
building which would be found absolutely necessary. In a statement issued to the members of the school board last Monday evening by
the construction company, it was shown that the Schuylkill haven school board will not be called upon to pay one cent for anything extra.
In the construction of any building, public or private, there is always a possibility of extras creeping in. The fact that not one cent extra
will be paid here speaks well for both the architect and the firm erecting the building.
|Pottsville Journal of October 5, 1931
360 PUPILS ARE IN NEW SCHOOL ROOMS - Schuylkill Haven East Ward Building Opened For Service This Morning
More than three hundred and sixty people took up their school work in the new East Ward building this morning. Books, teacher
supplies, etc., were moved over the weekend into the various rooms. While some finishing touches are being done to the electrical
work, the building is virtually completed. The contractor's workmen will start this week to demolish the remainder of the old building. Ten
of the twelve classrooms will be used by the following teachers: First Floor; Miss High, Miss Berger, Miss Hamilton, Miss Stauffer, Miss
Phillips; Second Floor; Miss Robinold, Miss Matz, Miss Barr, Miss Pfiefly, Miss Kauterman.
|Pottsville Journal of October 5, 1931
LOCAL ARCHITECTS DREW SCHOOL PLAN-Schuylkill Haven's New Building Was Completed Ahead Of Time-But 5 Months
Planned, designed and its constructive activities supervised by D. H. Grootenboer and Philip G. Knobloch, registered architects of
Pottsville, the new East Ward grade school at Schuylkill Haven was this morning opened for the first regular sessions. It required five
months to build the school, the extension being completed three weeks ahead of scheduled time. The new building cost $75,000.
This is one of the most modern complete grade schools in Pennsylvania. It is entirely of fire resistant construction. The exterior walls are
brick veneer over cinder block and all joints and roof rafters are open truss type steel joists, floor slabs are concrete, door frames are
combination pressed steel, stairs are built with structural steel with stone treads. Stairs are enclosed in fireproof towers divided off from
the building proper by Kalamein doors. Interior doors are of hardwood and the finished floors are asphalt tile. Corridors, stair tower and
toilets have a glazed tile wainscot. Toilet floors are red promenade tile with similar washboard.
The exterior is designed in modernistic style with walls of red brick and buff stone trimmings. Windows on the exterior are painted a
warm green and flat white on the interior. The State Art Commission awarded this building a rating of "N," the second highest possible
rating from the viewpoint of plan and design.
The interior walls are finished in light buff sand finish plaster and the ceilings are hard white plaster. The walls to the height of the
window sills are painted a medium shade of brown. The steel trim is painted gray and the doors are finished with Minwax to school brown
matching the finish of the furniture. The wainscot of the corridors, toilets and stair towers is buff colored tile with black base and cap.
Steel stairs are painted warm green with gray iron balustrades. The asphalt tile floors are laid in alternate blocks of brown and green
producing a heather mixture. The color scheme of the entire interior was planned in soft tones so as to eliminate eye strain.
The building has been placed well back from the street line and has a frontage of one hundred twenty eight feet and a depth of sixty five
feet. There are two entrances from the front and two exits at the rear, leading to the playground, one hundred thirty feet square, fenced
in with a six foot high chain link fence. The fence was deemed necessary because the building is bounded on three sides by streets
traversed with heavy traffic and without the fence, children, all of tender years, would be exposed to dangerous play. Only enough
basement has been provided to provide space for boilers, coal and general storage.
The first floor contains six full size classrooms for thirty five pupils each, a twenty foot library, teacher's rooms and ante room and at
opposite ends of the building, toilets for girls and boys. The toilets are provided with new juvenile fixtures designed especially for use in
grade schools. Classrooms one and two are divided by a folding partition, which when open will provide ample space for kindergarten
play and for parent teacher conferences. The second floor contains six thirty five pupil classrooms but the building has been so planned
that two additional classrooms may be added readily over the office and library space.
The entire building has been planned on the unit system and additional classrooms may be added in wings and if desired an auditorium
may be erected in the center section. The heating system is modern in every respect. Unit ventilators have been provided in every
room. The entire system having been planned in accordance with the rulings of the State Department. The building and furnishings
ready for occupancy was built at a cost of $75,400. It was financed by the proceeds of a bond issue voted by the citizens in 1929.
|Pottsville Journal of September 5, 1917
PUBLIC IS URGED TO VISIT THE NEW SCHOOL BUILDING
Nearly one half of the Schuylkill Haven citizenry viewed the new high school on the evening of the opening day, September 3. This half
gained some idea of what a fine new school building the town really has. The other half of the public up to this time has not inspected the
building although many persons would like to do so. It is for this reason the statement is made public that the school building is open for
public inspection on any of the school days between the hours of school sessions. The public is not only invited to visit the building and
walk through the halls, auditorium, etc., but is also urged to visit the class and school rooms. No permit is required and the only request
made is that persons making this inspection refrain from loud talking or from interference with the scholars in the studies. The doors of
the school and class rooms are always unlocked. The school authorities and school teachers invite and would be pleased to have more
parents and adults persons visit their school rooms and become better acquainted with the work being done and also get a better idea of
the building in which it is being done and for which there was such a great need.
The first public entertainment or use made of the handsome auditorium of the new building was on Tuesday evening when the Parent
Teacher Association held its first meeting of the season. A fair sized audience was present and enjoyed the program immensely. The
address was made by H. A. Reber, who handled his subject capitally and enlightened and drove home many points of special benefit. The
program rendered was as follows: piano solo, Eugenia Berger; recital, Mildred Young; piano solo, Frances Michel; reading, Dorothy
Maberry; vocal solo, Bessie Killian; violin solo, Rhoda Thomas; reading, Kathryn Lautenbacher,; recital, Iona Paxson; piano solo, Kathryn
Confehr; address, "Child Nature and Child Nurture," H. A. Reber; general discussion.
A fifteen foot addition to the brick chimney at the new building is being erected by contractor Meck of Pinedale. The expense of this
addition will be borne by the company having the heating contract. Temporary electric fixtures will be procured shortly for the directors'
room and the superintendent's office. Bids will be invited later on for electric fixtures for the entire building with the exception of the
auditorium which has been fitted. A look at the bare gymnasium gives one the impression that the board overlooked an important feature
in the fitting out of the building, namely the procuring of at least the most important and essential paraphernalia and features to use in a
gymnasium. There is absolutely no apparatus of any kind therein and the high school scholars will have quite a big proposition on their
hands to purchase equipment for the same.
One new scholar was added in the high school, namely Samuel Bashore, but at the same time one scholar left, namely Lydia Auchey,
whose parents moved to Hamburg. The high school has under consideration the advisability of holding a Japanese art sale in the near
future. The proceeds to be placed in a special gymnasium equipment fund.
|Pottsville Journal of December 12, 1931
WILL SERVE MILK TO SCHOOL PUPILS
IMPORTANT MEETING OF SCHUYLKILL HAVEN PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION HELD LAST NIGHT
A very important meeting of the Executive Committee of the Schuylkill haven Parent Teacher Association was held in the high school
office on Tuesday evening. Those present were President Mrs. Charles Ehly; Vice President Mrs. B. Frank Reider; Secretary Miss Borda;
Treasurer D. C. Gilham; Reverend John Herbster; Mrs. J. D. Berger; Misses Janet Hamilton, Edna Barr, Dorothy Seltzer, Mrs. Ruffenah
Phillips; Harry McInroy and Paul S. Christman.
CHILDREN TO BE SERVED MILK Mrs. George Butz called attention to the fact that there are 188 children in grades one through six who
are ten percent or more underweight distributed as follows: North Ward, 32; East Ward, 101; South ward, 55. She called attention to the
fact that State Association dues have been withheld for two years to be used in furthering some needed work in the community where the
dues originated. Mrs. Butz asked that her committee be permitted to serve milk daily to such children in all ward buildings during the
months of January, February and March. This work had been an Association project several years largely through the medium of
contributions from the other organizations from town. Mrs. Butz was authorized by action of the committee to proceed with this program
to be entirely sponsored by her Ways and Means Committee and the Association treasury. The serving of milk will start on the first
Monday in January to be continued for three months.
|Pottsville Journal of May 19, 1930
PUPILS WILL PARADE TO AID SCHOOL LOAN - 1000 Schuylkill Haven Students Will Urge Support For Project At Polls
One thousand Schuylkill Haven school children including the grades and high school will take part in a parade starting at the high school
at 6:30 o'clock this evening to boost the proposed school loan of $122,500 which will provide a new school building for the East Ward of
Schuylkill Haven and the purchase of such ground as may be necessary for the erection of the building, the enlargement of the South
Ward school building and for increasing the number of rooms in the high school and the erection of a store room for the last named
school. Votes will decide the loan at the polls tomorrow.
Major Gangloff, president of the Schuylkill Haven school board and Superintendent Madeira will lead the parade followed by the high
school band, senior high school floats, teachers and pupils of the high school. The next in line will be the junior high school floats,
teachers and pupils, the American Legion Drum Corps, east Ward teachers and pupils, North Ward teachers and pupils with the South
Ward teachers and pupils last in line. Principal Christman will lead the senior high school division; Principal McInroy the junior high
school division; Mrs. Phillips the East Ward; Miss Riebsamen the North Ward and Miss Raudenbush the South Ward.
|Pottsville Journal of September 20, 1930
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN ORGANIZATION ACTIVE - Schuylkill Haven Annual Drive For Membership Will Take Place Next Week
The Executive Committee of the Schuylkill Haven Parent Teacher Association held the first monthly meeting of the new year on Tuesday
evening in the office of the supervising principal. A number of important matters were discussed. It was decided that the local
organization of 1310 members should send two or three delegates to the convention if the state organization to be held in Sunbury
October 14th through 17th. The committee determined on October 16th as the time for holding a festival in the high school building for
the purpose of defraying the balance of the expenses due on the band uniform account.
The annual membership drive will take place next week. This will again be carried out through the school children under the supervision
of the home room teachers. To prevent parents and patrons from being repeatedly canvassed a card will be issued to each citizen
joining the association which can be displayed in a window thus indicating that a member lives there. Prizes will be given at the close of
the drive to the home rooms for the highest percentages of members secured. The prizes will be $5, $3, and $2 for highest, second and
third respectively. An individual prize of $1 is offered to the child securing the most members.
Interest in the work of the schools, its needs and future program has never been greater than during the past few years a concerted
effort has been made to enlist not only parents but also citizens in general, who as taxpayers should be interested in their school system
as a matter of piece of work accomplished by the Association was the organization and equipping of the high school band. During the
short period of its existence under the able leadership of Henry Bressler, it has taken a position well in the forefront of similar
organizations in the county and state.
|The Call of April 6, 1917
MAY MAKE ARRESTS
An important discovery was made on Wednesday afternoon, following the regular session of school, when Professor Hoover ascertained
and caught in the act, several boys under sixteen years of age smoking cigarettes. Professor Hoover called one boy to his office window
and found that it was one of the high school students. The boy denied having any more of the cigarettes in his possession but an
examination of his clothing revealed a box that had only been half emptied. The boy claimed that he hid them when entering school and
that they were purchased for him by an older boy. There is a state law about minors having tobacco or cigarettes in their possession and
upon demand they must tell, under penalty of being arrested, where the tobacco or cigarettes were procured. The dealer is then open to
a heavy fine and imprisonment. Professor Hoover will make a thorough investigation and arrests will follow.
|The Call of May 4, 1917
TRUANT MUST REPORT TO PROBATION OFFICER
In the custody of Constable John H. Butz, Clayton Moll was taken before Judge Koch, at Pottsville, yesterday, charged with playing truant
from the Schuylkill Haven public schools. Moll was instructed to attend school every day and at the close of the school term to go to
work. He must also report to the probation officer once a month. Moll was given to understand that the very next time he is reported
from school he will be placed under arrest and then sent away to a reformatory. The school board is determined to break up truancy and
have decided to arrest all truants.
|Pottsville Journal of December 11, 1926
COLD SCHOOL ROOMS ARE COMPLAINED OF
Cold school rooms were one of the subjects investigated by the Schuylkill Haven board at its meeting this week. The board investigated
the reason for the cold temperatures of the East Ward school building and asked Mr. Keller the janitor to explain conditions. It was
stated that the thermometers have indicated as low as from 52 to 60 degrees. It was also given out that the cold was so intense up to ten
o'clock in the morning that the pupils have frequently sat in the classrooms with their hats and coats on.
Mr. Keller, quizzed by the board, stated that no one complained to him about the cold and for that reason he believed everything was all
right in the building. He told the board that he believed a great deal of the trouble was due to windows being left open when the
teachers and pupils left the building at the close of the afternoon session and tampering with the registers. He said he often starts his
fires as early as 5:30 o'clock in the morning. Suggestions were made that he establish a good fire in the evening about six o'clock and
then bank it for the night. His getting at the heating plant early the next morning would bring about an excellent condition of heat
adequate to every requirement. He told the board that he often has 160 pounds pressure and it was then suggested that he try to
maintain 180 pounds during severe cold weather.
The board instructed Superintendent Madeira to see to it that there is 68 degrees of heat every morning when school is opened in the
East Ward building. If the above named degrees of heat is not reached, the superintendent was told to dismiss school, daily, until he
deems it fit for the children to sit at their studies in properly heated rooms. The board will take no more chances to undermine the health
of pupils in cold rooms.
|Pottsville Journal of July 16, 1930
EAST WARD SCHOOL BUILDING LIKELY - New Building Is Needed
While the erection of a new East Ward school building has not seemed practical this year, owing to lack of school room facilities, to
properly house the children during the rebuilding, recent tentative plans by the Board of Education seem to make possible the
consideration of this work for the early fall. Upon the completion of the additions to the South ward building by the time of the opening of
school in September four additional school rooms will have been made available. These rooms together with an added room in the high
school building and possibly the use of rooms to be secured in other quarters may open up a way for this much needed building to get
underway in early fall.
Considerable money is being saved for the district through the alterations and additions which are being carried on this summer. In the
high school building alone, the cost of the work completed, will probably be somewhere near $4,000 less than the estimate. This is made
possible largely because of the drop in the cost of materials and labor owing to the business depression. In the event that it should be
finally found possible for the Board of Education to proceed with the East Ward building it is quite possible that a very considerable
savings would accrue to the district over the original estimate and at the same time solve the unemployment problem in the community.
|Pottsville Journal of July 23, 1930
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN SCHOOL WORK BEGUN - Contractors Are Busy With Improvements To Be Finished early In September
The remodeling and additional building is progressing rapidly in the Haven Street High School and also in the South ward school
building. The contractors have large forces busy with the work and all indications point for an early completion for the school term which
will begin the early part of September. Professor C. C. Madeira is supervising the remodeling personally. With these changes the school
children will find better facilities and more comfortable rooms for their school work. Already the partitions have been torn out between
the supply room and the library. In the place of these two rooms there will be two class rooms, the library will be moved to the third floor
of the building thus making the use of the library more convenient for the high school students, who have found it very difficult to do any
reference work due to the fact that the library was too far from the class rooms. The supply room will be built in the rear of the present
building. Then too, the high school building is to be painted in the very near future. This will be quite an improvement and will add
greatly to the beauty of the exterior of the building. The lawns and shrubbery are especially pretty at this time.
|The Call of April 12, 1907
Twenty three alumni of the high school met in room Number One on Tuesday evening and effected a permanent organization. Dr. J. A.
Lessig, '90, chairman of the committee that issued the call for this meeting, called the meeting to order. W. F. Bensinger, '95, was chosen
temporary chairman and Harry Snayberger, '05, temporary secretary. On motion of Dr. Lessig, it was decided to organize an alumni
association of the Schuylkill Haven High School. The officers of the organization are to be president and secretary-treasurer. In the
permanent organization, W. F. Bensinger was chosen to the former position and Miss Mary Ebling, '00, secretary.
By request Principal Heckert offered a few suggestions: a committee on constitution and bylaws should be appointed, a full list of
graduates and their present addresses should be made out, the alumni association should enter into the program of commencement
week in the form of some social, educational or festive entertainment. Every graduate ought to be urged to join the association, whether
a resident here or elsewhere. It is desired that an alumni chorus render some selections at the commencement exercises. A full record
of all the classes, with any historical or biographical facts of interest connected with the same should be furnished to the principal who
contemplates beginning high school class annals or a history of the graduating classes. He desires to preface the sketch of the class of
1907 by a history of the preceding classes and the Alumni Association. The various graduates present were called upon to express their
views along any lines affecting this organization. This brought forth strong sentiments on the subject, perfect accord and unanimity
action and an expression of the highest enthusiasm on the part of everyone present. The spirit is going to "do things" in our town.
The following committees were authorized and appointed: Constitution and Bylaws, George Butz, '97, Dr. J. A. Lessig, '90, W. F. Bensinger,
'95 (president included by motion), Committee on Entertainment, Mrs. A. H. Kline, '85, R. W. Ziegenfus, '94, Mary Riebsaamen, '97, Liela
Schwenk, '08, Fred Bensinger, '00. Membership Committee, Mrs. P. T. Hoy, '80, Eva Butz, '87, Annie Stanton, '90, Ella Scherer, '96, R. E.
Wildermuth, '00, Marion Lenker, '03, Harry Snayberger, '05. All these committees met after adjournment and appointed each a time for a
meeting this week. Their work is already started. The association adjourned to meet on Tuesday evening, April 23rd, at eight o'clock in
the same place.
|Pottsville Journal of September 2, 1929
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN SCHOOL EXTENSION
A stated session of the school board was held to discuss the school extension. It created a lengthy discussion and it was decided to go
into the matter extensively at an adjourned meeting which has been called for Wednesday nigh, September 18th. Members of the board
were directed to get in touch with competent structural engineers in order to receive their opinion as to the safety status of the East
Ward school building. Secretary Stager made a motion that the board employ such an expert to make the necessary examination. Mr.
Confehr and Mr. Luckens were also directed to consult with certain experts and all reports to be submitted at the coming meeting. Mr.
Gangloff advised the board to go ahead with a thorough examination on the East Ward building. He is there is but one proper way to
settle any business proposition and this school building problem surely is a business proposition. That way is to get all the facts first,
then analyze them and from this resolving analysis, form a sensible conclusion.
He also stated the recent survey of the floor and air space per pupil asked by the Board of Education disclosed that the South Ward and
the North Ward buildings showed more air space as well as more floor space per pupil than is actually required for the number of pupils in
these two buildings. The survey of the High School building and of the old East Ward building showed that the pupils attending these two
buildings were short on both air space and floor space. Assuming that the measurements made were correct, and there is no reason to
doubt their correctness, we have fact number one to work on, that these latter buildings are too crowded if in fact all th available rooms
are in use. The reports made to the board show that all the available rooms in the school building are now being used and the report
further shows that for the school year 1929-1930, it will be necessary to move the sixth grades now using the high school building, from
the latter building to the East Ward or High Street building. This will relieve the situation somewhat in the high school but only for a short
The fact that the sixth grades will be moved from the high school building to the High Street building of course shows that up to this time
not all of the rooms in the high school building were being used. The addition of the sixth grades and moving the continuation school to
the high school apparently fills up the High Street building. So that with the shifting around, as above indicated, we seem to be in
position to get along fairly well for the coming school year were it not for at least two other problems, both of which of course are part of
the main question of providing adequate facilities for housing our school population.
Now the second of the two problems just referred to is at the moment the most difficult and perhaps it is also the one upon which there
are many different opinions. This problem had to do with the High Street building. There seems to be a prevailing feeling that this
building was condemned as unsafe some years ago, although the board of education has been unable to locate any record of such
condemnation, if in fact such condemnation was made. In the next place there is a feeling especially among the teachers and no doubt
many parents, that this building is no longer in keeping with modern requirements in the way of school buildings and besides some
people, in fact there may be many, feel that this building is a disease breeder.
We have seen and have in mind many brick buildings built many years before the High Street building all still in fine condition and
therefore to condemn the building because of its age only would hardly be warranted. There would seem to be but one accurate way of
determining the question as to the safety of this building and that is to engage an engineer to test the walls and floors and partitions.
This should not entail much cost but it would settle a much discussed question. To permit anyone but an expert to make the tests would
be unbusinesslike and certainly would leave many minds in doubt as to the accuracy of the report. The question as to whether the High
Street building is modern could no doubt be answered without investigation in the negative. However, suppose the tests made of the
building would be entirely safe and good for many years, perhaps, an architect could work out charges in the building at probably one
third the cost of a new building, which would thoroughly modernize it and perhaps at the same time satisfy the most exacting teacher or
parent. Anyhow, wouldn't it be just plain horse sense to satisfy ourselves upon the basis of actual facts that the building is ready for the
scrap heap (if in fact it is) before we tear it down to make place for a new one?
Without attempting to burden the records with many other angles to the school building problem, Mr. Gangloff's suggestion as a member
of the board of education is that: We engage a competent person, preferably an engineer, to make a thorough examination of the High
Street building, particularly with reference to its safety as a school building. If the report of this examination indicates that the building, in
all respects is entirely safe, we engage an architect to report upon the feasibility of remodeling this building in order that it meet all the
modern requirements of a school building, even though the number of rooms would have to be reduced. Before deciding upon whether
two rooms or four rooms should be added to the South Ward building we obtain an accurate checkup of all the first to fourth grade
inclusive pupils now in the South Ward and also ascertain just what relief these additional rooms would mean to the high school building
or such other building as may take its place.
|Pottsville Journal of September 26, 1929
BUILDING DAMAGED BUT NOT DANGEROUS - Schuylkill Haven School Structure Has Settled In One Wing, Needs Repairs
A report of contractors and engineers was submitted to an adjourned meeting of the school board held in the high school building. The
report showed that considerable repair work will be necessary to place the East Ward school building in proper condition. A report of an
examination made by Architect Stevens of Philadelphia, showed that the north wing of the building had settled. The walls of the building
were examined and found to be in good shape. He took exception to the narrow hallways. Contractors E.. Becker and John Long made an
examination and presented a written report. The facts embodied in the report were that the building is in good condition as far as the
safety of same is concerned. South and west walls of west wing are bulged out off line due to settlement of the foundation years ago.
Numerous repairs necessary such as painting brick work, new floors in some of the rooms, new exterior doors , a few new joists over the
boiler room, one new joist in each end of the building and new window sills at a few windows. The second story wood frame constructed
room adjoining the old high school room should be removed or a more substantial support placed under the same. Repairs to sheet
metal work at different places is necessary. Bulged brick walls at the west wing should be torn down and rebuilt in order to insure
absolute safety. The plastering in some rooms should be repaired. The wallpapering in several rooms required attention and also the
painting of woodwork.
They concluded with the following: We find that the foundations, brick walls and wood timbers except those as heretofore made mention
of are good in every respect. We estimate that the building will give many more years of service, provided some of the most necessary
repairs are made at once. No action was taken by the board on the report submitted. The appropriations from the state for six months in
the sum of $5,820.52 was received.
|Pottsville Journal of October 9, 1930
REVISING PLANS FOR NEW SCHOOL - Schuylkill Haven Changes May Make Unnecessary Tearing Down Present Building
Further progress was made toward the erection of the new East Ward school building at the monthly meeting of the school board on
Monday evening. Architect Grootenbauer was present and submitted plans for a building to be located in a position different from that
originally intended. This would make necessary the acquiring of several properties on Union Street down to the United Evangelical
Church. The new plans would provide for the widening of Pleasant Row and permit a beautifully landscaped plot at the north end of the
school grounds. It would thus be possible, if the newer plans are adopted, to proceed with the erection of the new building without the
necessity of razing the present building, the new building might be ready for occupancy by the next school year. Work would have to
start no later than February.
|The Call of September 26, 1930
ROTARY FIELD NOW READY FOR HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL ON SATURDAY
An event that has been awaited for a number of years will finally take place on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 when the Rotary Field will be put
into service with the first football game of the season. Ever since this plot of ten acres was presented to the school district by the local
Rotary Club, the ultimate use of a properly developed area for health activities has been the dream of every school child. By means of a
high school play and funds realized in an appeal to citizens several years ago, sufficient money was realized to grade enough of the plot
to form a football gridiron. The laying out of the plot was accomplished through the generous donation of time by George Butz and
Clinton Confehr, while Harry F. Loy made it possible for the gridiron to be done with the smallest possible cost.
During the past week donations of material have come from Charles Manbeck, Arthur Aulenbach and Edwin Becker in the form of lumber
and wire needed for fencing the playing area and erecting players benches on both sides of the field. The finishing touches on the
grading and final laying out of the field are being done during the week and everything will be in readiness for the opening whistle on
Saturday afternoon. School spirit is on a very high ebb on the part of every high school pupil, over the prospect of occupying a field that
can really be called a high school field. The high school band under the leadership of Henry Bressler will lead a parade of pupils to the
field shortly before the opening of the game and a large delegation of students is expected from Summit Hill with the possibility of their
band also being on hand.
Summit Hill is said to have an exceptionally fine team and all fans witnessing this opening contest will be certain to have in store an
unusual treat. The local team has been shaping up well and with this week's training should be ready to meet the "Hillers." Schuylkill
Haven has about thirty five men out for the team, and of these, two teams of almost equal calibre, will be chosen the lineup to represent
the school. The boys are hoping to win this game on Saturday and are looking forward to the game with their formidable opponents,
Pottsville, on Saturday October 4th at Pottsville. Season tickets for the home games are on sale and can be secured through any high
school pupil and at the field on Saturday. They entitle the holder to a seat on the bleachers for each game and are sold at a reduced price.
|The Call of October 3, 1930
SOUTH WARD SCHOOL ADDITION SOON FINISHED
Good progress is being made with the four room addition to the South Ward school building by contractor Edwin Becker. The building will
no doubt be ready for the placing of the furniture and equipment within two weeks time. This work should not take very long and the
rooms therefore may be ready for occupancy by the next to the last week of October. Painters, during the week, started work on the two
rooms on the second floor. The lighting fixtures will be hung as soon as the painters are finished. The two rooms on the first floor
require some little finishing out and the placing of the hardwood floor. The heating plant is installed and about ready to operate. The
plumbing fixtures are all installed and all connections and checkup will be made this week.
The new addition to this building is modern in every way. It is first of all ideally located and splendidly and appointed and will make a most
cheerful and roomy section. It is believed that the total cost will be between $8,000 and $10,000 less than originally estimated. Four
rooms, size 24 by 30 feet, are being provided at the rear of the former building. Each room will have a pupil capacity allowed by law of 40.
Entrance to the addition is obtained through the corridor of the old building or through a new corridor in the rear of the new addition.
The rooms are finished in oak. The metal ceilings will be painted white. The upper portions of the wall are a buff and the lower four foot
portion is painted in brown. There will be six ceiling lights in each room of opal glass with brown finish fixtures.
Both the new and old portions of the building will now be properly ventilated. The ventilation will be mechanical. Universal units being
placed in each classroom will supply fresh warm air. Six complete changes of air will be made every hour. During warm weather when the
heating plant is not operated, there will be six changes of fresh, unheated air every hour. Further ventilation is provided by means of the
circulation of the air which is drawn into the wardrobes through the four spaces underneath the doors. This air is drawn in by means of
the enclosed additional ventilators in these wardrobes and through a vent stack operated by means of automatic shutters. This results in
clothing in the wardrobe being dried by warm air and the air in the wardrobe being kept fresh.
On these wardrobes have been hung four Evans vanishing doors. These doors are noiseless in operation and instead of opening as an
ordinary door, they turn on pivots in the center. In each room is provided a teacher's closet, where the teacher may keep books, clothing
and personal effects. The blackboard space is four feet high and twenty feet long across the front of the room. Cork tack or bulletin
boards are also provided in every room. The washroom floors are of red quarry tile with two wash stands and six toilet apartments for the
girls and in the boys wash rooms, three apartments and five urinals. The corridors are fireproof. The floors being of concrete. The
stairways are metal frame with concrete steps with metal nonslip nosing with screen banisters. The architect, D. H. Grootenboer, has
expressed himself as well pleased with the splendid progress that is being made on this building as well as the work of the contractors.
|The Call of October 16, 1931
THE SCHOOL HOUSE WEATHER VANE
The old weather vane and direction pointers that for years topped the High Street school building tower, will soon be erected on the
tower of the Hoffman Knitting Mills. From this point it can be seen for quite a distance. Although hundreds and hundreds of persons
from time to time gave this weather vane the "once over," few ever realized how large it really is. The weather vane itself, which is in the
form of a quill pen, measures seven feet, eight inches. The rods on which the directional letters are fastened, are 42 inches long. The
height and the width of the letters are eighteen inches. The vane and direction letters were mounted on a pole sixteen feet long. The
vane is now being repainted a bright yellow and will soon be mounted. Before painting was undertaken, a number of bullet holes in the
broad end of the quill pen and the letters had to be closed with solder. These holes had been made by persons shooting at birds as they
perched on the weather vane.
|The Call of October 4, 1935
ATHLETIC FIELD TO BE FENCED IN NEXT WEEK
Word was received Thursday, that work will be started next week on the erection of the fence around the athletic field on Haven Street.
This will be a WPA project, with the school board paying for the fence and the Federal Government footing the bill for labor. The cost to
the school district will be in the neighborhood of $2,000. The fence will be eight feet high overall. One foot at the top will be of three
strands of barbed wire, while the other seven feet will be of two inch mesh Number 9 gauge steel wire, hot galvanized after weaving. The
entire athletic field will be enclosed with the fence. There will be two entrances. The posts holding the fence will be of steel set in
|The Call of October 2, 1931
NEW SCHOOL BUILDING TO BE OCCUPIED MONDAY
Old school bell to call three hundred and pupils to their studies, Monday, in new twelve room building. Dedication and formal
opening ceremonies to be held at a later date. Total cost will be about $75,000.
Monday morning, October 5th, three hundred and sixty pupils in Schuylkill Haven will take up their school life in a handsome new school
building that is now receiving its finishing touches. Ten of the twelve rooms in the new East Ward will be occupied for the present term.
No particular opening ceremony will mark the change of school life from the old High Street building to the new East Ward building, but it
is more than likely the Board of Education will, at a very early date, arrange for a fitting ceremony of dedication which will be of a public
nature. For several weeks of the last term and since the opening of this term, students heretofore attending the East Ward building,
have been on half session. The teachers who will occupy the new school building are: Misses Emma Berger, Tacy High, Janet Hamilton,
Catherine Stauffer, Edna Barr, Anna Matz, Edna Peifley, Martha Robinold, Viola Kauterman and Mrs. Ruffenah Phillips.
During the week, the finishing touches have been put on the building and a corps of women have been busy giving the building a
thorough cleaning and scrubbing, preparatory to the opening of school. There remains but a few small pieces of work of various kinds
before the building is entirely completed. Curbing is being built along the Refowich Alley to replace that removed. The pavement has
already been completed on this side of the building as well as in the front of the building. Construction of the pavement on the Pleasant
Row side has not been started and will hardly be begun until the old building is razed. Heat was being furnished during the week by the
old boiler taken from the old building and set up along side the new boiler.
The new school building will cost in the neighborhood of $65,000 with several additional thousand for architects commissions and for
building equipment. Another several thousand can be added for the site, so that in round figures this new building can be termed a
$75,000 school "plant." It is of two story height with a depth of 65 feet and width on Union Street of 124 feet. It is of brick, concrete and
steel construction. The only wood that has entered into the construction are the doors, blackboard trim, baseboards on class rooms and
the window sills. The building stands back from the curb line about fifteen feet. There is a ten foot space between the building and the
concrete pavement. There are two entrances to the building from Union Street and two from the rear or Main Street side. The entrance
on the east is on a level with the pavement, while the western entrance is reached from a six stone steps elevation.
Schuylkill haven brick have been used in the construction and the trimmings are of cast stone of a buff hue. The architectural design is
of the modernistic Gothic type. The two front entrances are heavily trimmed with brown cast stone reaching to within five feet of the top
of the building. The trimming is built on the layer style and reaching a thickness of four feet and the entrance doors are built one foot out
from the building line. Cut in the cast stone trimming immediately above each of the Union Street entrance doors are the inscriptions,
"Seek Wisdom" and "Know Thyself." Cut into the trimmings high above the entrance are the inscriptions, "If Thou Love Learning Thou
Shalt Be Learned," and "The Foolish Despise Wisdom And Instruction."
In the building are twelve class rooms, six on the first floor and six on the second floor. On the first floor is also found the library, two
retiring rooms and the office. The interior walls are finished in light buff, sand finish plaster, and the ceilings are hard white plaster. The
walls to the height of the window sills are painted a medium shade of brown. The steel trim is painted gray and the doors are finished
with Minwax to school brown, matching the finish of the furniture. The wainscoting of the corridors, toilets and stair towers is buff
colored tile with black base and cap. Steel stairs are painted warm green with grey iron balustrades. The asphalt tile floors are laid in
alternate blocks. In the school rooms, the colors alternating are brown and green and in the corridors, mahogany and green, of Mastic
tile. The color scheme of the entire interior was planned in soft tones.
The hardware in the corridors is of chrome steel finish, while in the class rooms it is of brass. From the entrance corridor, one passes
through metal doors in to the main corridor. The school rooms are designed to accommodate 35 pupils, each pupil having his or her own
individual seat and desk of one piece steel pipe construction. The woodwork in the school rooms is of birch and of natural Minwax finish
and adds very much to the appearance of the rooms. The desk and chair of the teacher are of oak. The electric fixtures are of the large
white bowl type suspended on oxidized chains.
Between two of the rooms on the first floor are Wilson sliding and folding doors with blackboards attached. In this way two of the rooms
can, in a moment's notice, be converted into one large room. Each school room has an individual closet for the teacher. The wardrobes
are concealed by four doors all of which operate when one door is opened or closed. When the four doors are closed, the effect is that
of a very neat panel closet. Inside the wardrobes are ventilators through which the air will be drawn to the outside of the building.
The heating and ventilating system in each school room is that of the Uni-Vent system. By this system three different methods of heating
or ventilating the rooms are possible, namely: cold air can be drawn from outside the building and blown over the heated radiator or the
cold air can be drawn in and forced into the room unheated or the supply of cold air cut off entirely and heated air from the radiator
forced into the room. Each school room is provided with six sections of eighteen window glass of a size 14 by 18. These steel frames are
painted a warm green on the exterior and a flat white on the interior.
In the boys' toilet the tile flooring is of a mahogany shade with buff colored tile with black cap and base wainscoting. The partitions are of
metal with five apartments and nine stands. The toilet for the girls is similarly finished and contains ten apartments. Electrically
controlled exhaust fans in addition to the Uni-Vent system of heating and ventilating are provided for in these rooms.In the main corridor
will be found two drinking fountains and also a fire hose cabinet with two inch fabric hose and fire alarm boxes. On the first floor will also
be found the library. The entrance to this room is very beautiful and is of the double door type with upper half of the doors in unleaded
glass of an unusually attractive design. At either side of the entrance doors are panels with one half length being in leaded glass of the
similar design of the doors. This entrance is of oak finished in Minwax and with handcarving above the doors. The library has not as yet
been completely equipped.
On each floor two rooms face Pleasant Row, two Union Street and two the Refowich Alley. All steel entrance and exit doors are of the
panic bolt type. In addition to the old school bell which now hangs in the belfry of the new building, is the old cornerstone of the old
school building, which has been made a part or set in the corridor wall on the first floor. The inscription on this cornerstone is, "Erected
1850, Rebuilt 1878." The first floor also contains a superintendent's office with an adjoining ante room. An electric buzzer system is
connected to each classroom from the office. From the corridors a paper chute extends to the basement.
The basement floor is concreted and has been divided into three different compartments or rooms; one for the heating plant, one for the
coal and one for storage. Only a little more than one half of the space underneath the building has been excavated. The entire building
is constructed of fire resistive construction, the exterior walls being of brick veneer over cinder blocks. The interior partitions are
cinder block, all joists and roof rafters are open truss type steel joists. The floor slabs are concrete with the door frames combination
pressed steel bucks and trim. The windows are rolled steel projective type and the stairs are built up structural steel with Alberene stone
treads. The stairs are enclosed in fireproof towers and are divided off from the building proper by Kalamein doors.
The building has been planned on the unit system and additional classrooms may be added in wings and if desired, an auditorium may be
erected in the center section. The building was planned, designed and construction activities supervised by D. H. Grootenboer and
Philip Knobloch, architects of Pottsville. The contracts were awarded April 27th. The building was completed several weeks ahead of
schedule. The general contractor was Berwick Construction Company whose contract was $54,526. The plumbing contract was taken
care of by N. W. Carrigan of Hazleton for the sum of $2850. The Chambers Construction Company handled the heating and ventilating for
$6700 and Harry F. Loy of Schuylkill Haven had the electric contract at $1700.
|The Call of January 6, 1939
CORNERSTONE FOR NEW HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING PLACED WEDNESDAY
Short ceremonies marked the laying of the cornerstone of the addition to the high school building in Schuylkill Haven. The same were
held Wednesday and consisted of prayer by Dr. E. S. Noll and the taking of motion and still pictures of the event and remarks by Mr. Harry
Burkert, President of the Board. The stone placed as a cornerstone was a large block of Indiana limestone.
Articles of various kinds were placed in the stone such as: A copy of the Blue and Gold 1938; Haven Fax issues of December 1936,
December 1937, January 1938 and October 1938; .50, .25, .10, .05 and penny coins of 1938 mintage; copy of the specifications of the
building; annual school report for 1937; 175th anniversary history of the community; copies of school forms; a folder containing the
following information: Alumni Association officers and executive committee, members of the school board, officers and committees;
Schuylkill Haven Ministerium and officers; members of Borough Council and officers; a history of the P. T. A. Unit; roster of the members
of the Lions and Rotary Clubs and their officers; Civic Club members; Chamber of Commerce officers; copy of the Schuylkill County School
Manual; December 30th issue of the Schuylkill Haven Call; copies of the Pottsville Journal, Pottsville Republican, Schuylkill Reporter, New
York Times, Herald Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Record.
|The Call of September 26, 1952
HIGH SCHOOL FARMERS HARVEST AND SELL THREE TONS OF TOMATOES TO CANNERY
The agriculture group of Schuylkill Haven high school under the guidance of Lloyd McLaren, teacher, has harvested and sold
approximately three tons of tomatoes so far this season. Besides selling these to the Hanover Cannery, which has a loading station on
Route 83, about four hundred pounds additionally have been sold locally. Five of the twenty acres owned by the school located behind
the football field were planted in tomatoes. Last May a transplanter was brought and the tomatoes were planted. During the summer boys
of the class cooperated to do the weeding, fertilizing, cultivating and picking. Although the crop was recently hit with blight, members of
the class still use one period a week to pick tomatoes and will be able to continue to do so until the first frost. Thirty six boys from grades
9, 10, 11 and 12 compose the agriculture group.
Since equipment is not yet available in the local high school, it was borrowed from A. M. Stupp of Pine Grove; Mr. Kauffman, Auburn RD;
Mr. Dohner, Orwigsburg RD; and the County Institutional District and also from students of the class. Equipment from the county home
was also used to cut nine acres of hay which had also been planted by the class. This was not sold however but was left for organic
material. It is hoped that in the near future equipment will be added to the agriculture department of the school.
The Tomatoes sold by the boys of the class, brought $36 per ton for number ones, $23 per ton for number twos and nothing for culls. The
profit will be used to pay back a loan from the Rotary Club for the fertilizer which was purchased. The remainder of the profits and also
the profits from the refreshment stand operated during the Little League Baseball games has been put into the treasury to finance future
The group, which is part of the national Future Farmers of America, has decided to hold meetings the third Tuesday of every month. The
boys met on Tuesday evening and elected the following officers for this term: president, Robert Moyer, 12th grade; vice president
William Achenbach, 10th grade; secretary, William Heffner, 10th grade; treasurer Edward Stump, 12th grade; reporter, Wayne Bowen, 12th
grade; chaplain, Martin Schickram, 9th grade.
They also decided to form a placement service to help boys who do not live on a farm obtain work during the summer months. A "pig"
club will also be formed in which one boy raises a pig and then donates one to the school. A father and son banquet will be held in spring.
On August 20th the group went to the Gratz Fair on a bus chartered by the school board. While there, the following won prizes in the
dairy judging contest: Jim Bohrman, ninth palace; Robert Moyer, tenth place; Melvin Dierwechter, 14th place and Edward Stump, 17th
place. Martin Zimmerman won 10th place in poultry judging.
|The Call of March 6, 1953
PARENTS TO STAGE HOUSE TO HOUSE DRIVE FOR NEW BAND UNIFORMS
At a well attended meeting of band parents held in the high school auditorium last evening, it was decided to conduct a house to house
canvass for the solicitation of funds towards the purchase of new uniforms for the high school band. This solicitation will take place
Thursday, April 9th between 6:00 and 7:00 in the evening. Because activities of the band are extracurricular, tax funds can not be used
for the purchase of new uniforms. The school board, however, does purchase band instruments and also pays for the repair and
maintenance of the uniforms from the student activity fund. The original high school band was organized and uniformed by the local
Parent Teacher Association. New uniforms were again purchased by the P. T. A. in 1941 and the need for replacement of these uniforms is
very evident. The newly organized Band Parents Auxiliary in conjunction with the local P. T. A., hopes to raise these funds through
various projects within a certain time. Letters will be also be mailed to all non resident alumni soliciting their support of this worthy cause
for their alma mater. It is the hope of the group that all citizens will mark their calendar for April 9 and support this local drive. All funds
contributed will be allocated to the band uniform replacement fund.
Captains appointed to secure workers for the drive are: Mrs. Harold Koch, Mrs. Milton Rauenzahn, Mrs. Alfred Wise, Mrs. John Raffa, Mrs.
George Moyer, Mrs. Fred J. Mayer, Mrs. Eleanor Mitchell, Mrs. Franklin Reed, Mrs. William Harner, Mrs. Austin Dewald, Mrs. John
Marshall, John Croneberger, John Schumacher and William Lutz.
|YEARBOOK OF 1974
|YEARBOOK OF 1975
|YEARBOOK OF 1976
Front: M. Hummel, J.
Kimmel, C. Rhodes, M.
Miller Back: Coach
Skelding, M. Fleagle,
K. Montz, D.
Greenawald, L. Becker
|YEARBOOK OF 1977