Perry Township High

Perry Township High School

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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.

Perry Township Elementary
Original Perry Township School building built in 1916 – pictured in 1927
Perry Township Elementary
Later used as an Elementary building for Perry Township

Perry Township School was constructed at a cost of $15,000 in 1916. It became the Perry Elementary School when the new high school was built in the 1930s. The new building was located on Peach & 4th Street in Shoemakersville. Perry Township High’s sports teams called themselves the Admirals and their school colors were blue and white. Sports at Perry High included Basketball, Cheerleading, Baseball, Soccer and Track. Other activities included Debate Team, Band, Glee Club, Future Farmers of America, and others.

Perry Township High School
Girls Gym Class at Perry Township High
Perry Township High School
Girls Gym Class at Perry Township High

Hail, Perry, Hail, All Hail!
Noble And Strong
To Thee With Loyal Hearts
We Sing Our Song.
Swelling to Heavens High,
Our Pra-A-ises Ring
Hail, Perry, Hail, All Hail
Of Thee We Sing.

School Song
Perry Township High School
Perry Township High Hallways
Perry Township High School
Busy Perry Township High Hallways

Perry Township briefly joined the Schuykill Valley jointure of schools in 1955 but dropped back out within a year. On September 25, 1956, the directors of the Hamburg, Perry, Upper Bern, Tilden, Windsor, Strausstown, and Upper Tulpehocken School Districts designed a jointure arrangement. The 31 directors chose the name of Hamburg Area Joint School System. There were 2,127 students in the newly joined district. 

Pictured in 1956

On March 12, 1957,  plans to build a new high school moved forward. In March 1958 the jointure was officially formed. Perry Township High graduated its last class in June of 1962, they numbered 36 students.

Assembly in the Gymnasium at Perry Township High
Library at Perry Township High School

On September 24, 1961, a cornerstone-laying ceremony took place at the Hamburg Area High School, and the doors of the new Hamburg Area Junior-Senior High School opened for students in September 1962.

Perry Township High School

The Perry Township High School building was utilized as an elementary building for the Hamburg School District until 2013 when it was razed and a new elementary was erected on its former site.

Source: HASD, WMFZ

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Jacob Dailey
Jacob Dailey
3 years ago

I enjoy your series on the schools in Berks County. It is interesting to see their evolution from purely independent districts, to the 1950’S “ jointures” forming shared multiple district high schools to the eventual merger of entire school districts into single district entities during the mid 1960’s through the mid 1970’s.
Keep up the good work.

1 year ago

I had two years of classes in the “original” Perry Twp School building in the early 60’s, when it was the Elementary school. The two 5th grade classes were in the basement, while 6th grade was on the second floor. After that, in the fall of 1963, we went to the “new” Hamburg High, which had opened just the year before as I recall.

I believe the old Perry Elementary was demolished not long after that — would anyone know the year?

john brower
john brower
1 year ago

i went to perry from 1 thru 6 th grade when 3rd grade was in the basement of the church beside the school the principal was mr lamb and my 3rd grade teacher was his wife mrs lamb 4th grade was miss hinley 5th grade mr keifer who had a mean ruler . 6th grade mr stetler,,,,im 77now sorry thats as far back as i can remember

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