Defunct High Schools Series – The Comprehensive Conclusion

Mohnton High School

I hope you have enjoyed the last several weeks as we have gone on a journey of the high school education system here in Berks County. This idea came to me when I considered that the senior class of 2020 has a less than ideal end to their high school career. Nothing exactly like this happened before, but I considered the feelings of alumni of institutions that no longer existed.… Read Full Article

Muhlenberg Township High

Muhlenberg High School
Muhlenberg Township High School pictured in 1939

In 1830, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania enacted a law requiring all municipalities to have separate school districts. Muhlenberg Township became a municipality in 1851. At this time the Muhlenberg School District was officially established with a one-room school called Schlottman School which was located on Kutztown Road.

Muhlenberg Township High School was built in 1924-1925 at the price of nearly $335,000, which would equate to almost $5 million in 2020.… Read Full Article

Perry Township High School

Perry Township High
Perry Township High School
Perry Township High School in Shoemakersville, PA

As early as 1821, citizens accepted the “public school” for their children in Shoemakersville. In 1854 Perry Township had nine school buildings with a total enrollment of 417 pupils. In 1865 the school board was established. Today several of the original school houses still remain. The first class to graduate from an established Perry Township High School did so in 1905.… Read Full Article

Old Hamburg High School

Hamburg High
Old Hamburg High School
Hamburg High 1944

Hamburg became a borough in 1837 and in 1838 accepted the Free School Act, which declared each municipality an independent entity with the power to levy school taxes. There were several schools in the borough during that period.

Hamburg Elementary School
North 3rd Street Elementary building

The first graduating class of 12 students graduated in 1887, and a three-story brick school was constructed on North Third Street to house students in grades 1 to 12.… Read Full Article