It's a little harder to find pictures of some of our schools,
particularly the smaller ones, than it is to find pictures of churches
or major street intersections. This page will grow as more school
pictures become available. If you have any school photos that you would
be willing to share copies of, would you please let me know? Thanks!
Coxe Memorial School was opened in 1896. The black and white photo on
the far left shows the original school building. In 1913 the school was
enlarged to accommodate a growing student population. The color picture
at near left shows the larger school and includes some landscaping. The
school is now gone, and in its place is a Senior Center.
The Freeland High School building shown at right was built in
1922, on property located at the intersection of Dewey and Johnson
streets. A green (not red?) felt sweater badge with a home-made look
is also shown here, dated 1935. In 1966 the Hazleton Area School
was formed, and students from Foster Township and St. Ann's High
were transferred to Freeland High. Freeland High School was torn down
Foster Township High School
was opened in Woodside in 1912,
joining the elementary school that was already there. A new high school
building was built in 1936-1937. The nifty badge from
shown at top left also comes from Foster. My dad's family lived in
Upper Lehigh, and although my dad went to Freeland High, the rest of
his siblings went to Foster for high school. The building is still
standing today, although vacant. The elementary school, shown at right
in a clipping from Ed Merrick, was torn down. As noted in that
newspaper caption, it was one of the oldest surviving school buildings
in the region.
The Mining & Mechanical
Institute (MMI) was first opened in Drifton in 1879. After a
devastating fire in 1888, the school reopened in temporary quarters in
the Birkbeck Block on Centre Street just above Main Street, in 1893. A
new school building, shown at left, was completed in late 1902.
According to the 11th edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, MMI was
modelled after the German Steigerschulen, with elementary and
secondary departments and a night school for workmen. The school was
gradually transformed into a college preparatory school, and was
recently renovated and expanded.
Coxe, wife of Eckley B. Coxe, thought that some
sort of extra education was also needed for girls in the Freeland area.
She founded an Industrial School for Girls, which was later called The
Loyalty Club or The Girls' Loyalty Club. This was a bit like a
school, where local girls could learn some of the 'womanly arts' such
various crafts and needle arts as well as cooking and deportment. This
building was later donated by the Coxe Estate, in memory of
Sophia Coxe, for a new church that was being formed in 1937, Ss. Peter
& Paul's Eastern Greek Catholic Church. The building still stands
today, although it has been
modified and expanded to accommodate the needs of the parish.
The original St. Ann's school and convent were built in
Woodside in 1883. A new St.
Ann's Parochial School and convent were built on Chestnut St. in 1929.
After serving the parish for many years, the high school closed in
and the elementary school closed five years later.
school, St. Mary's Greek Catholic School, was built on Fern Street. It
is listed in a borough directory in 1921.
In 1984 a new parish center for St. Mary's
was dedicated on the site of the old school. There is also an 1890s
student group photo from St. Mary's on the other
school gallery page.
There were numerous other small schools
in Freeland and the surrounding area. Shown here are the Sandy Run
School (right) and the Jeddo School (left). Other photos will be added
here as I find them. Tom Yaruso wrote in October 2013 to remind us of
Highland School: "I see nothing on Highland school in which I attended
from 1942 to 1948, my mom attended 1919 to 1925, then attended Foster
Township high school in Woodside building before Foster Township high
school new building built, I remember when in I think 1946 or 1947
Eckley, Sandy Run and Ripples schools closed and every one attended