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Chester High School

Chester High School

Located in the block formed by 8th & 9th, Parker & Fulton Streets.

School Colors: Orange & Black
"The Clippers"

Original Chester High School stone

Original Chester High stone currently mounted in the Chester Water Authority Parking Lot

(Click here for a picture of the original Chester High School, later the Starr School.)

Be sure to visit and sign in on our Chester High Reunions pages!

Principals | Faculty | Staff | Arts | Academics | Sports | Classes | School History


Principals:
A. A. Meader, A.B.
(1872-1874)
A. Robinette, A.B.
(1874-1877)
Chas. F. Foster, A.M.
(1876-1877)
Emma J. Hahn, A.M.
(1879-1888)
J. Frank Reigart, A.M.
(1888-1890)
Prof. T. S. Cole
(Appointed 1890 - 1905-6)
Joseph G. E. Smedley; Photo courtesy of Janet Andrews Moulder
Joseph G. E. Smedley

Photo from the 1915 Chester High School Annual

Joseph G. E. Smedley
1904- -1917
George William Gulden; Photo courtesy of Janet Andrews Moulder
George William Gulden

Photo from the 1918 Chester High School Annual

George William Gulden
(1918 - February 1920)
James Homer Rennie
James Homer Rennie

Photo from the 1923 Chester High School Annual

James Homer Rennie, A. B. (February 1920-1924)

Education:
Chester High School
University of Pennsylvania

[Obituary]

George W. Pedlow
George W. Pedlow

Photo from the 1925 Chester High School Annual

George W. Pedlow, Ph. B. (1924 - Retired June 1941)

Education:
Dickinson College
University of Pennsylvania

Had taught Math at CHS as early as 1913.

Karl E. Agan
Karl E. Agan

Photo from a Chester High Thanksgiving Day football program, courtesy of Alice Ritter, rettira@aol.com

Karl E. Agan (1941-?)

Came to Chester High from P.M.C. as vice principal in 1935 and became principal in 1941.

[Biographical Sketch]

Mr. Giles (c. 1961-1962)

Joined the CHS faculty in 1939 and became vice principal in 1947.

Mr. Giles' wife, Catherine, taught at Wetherill School.  Both were killed in an auto accident on the Conchester Highway c. 1961-1962. - 3

Miss Sarah Holcroft (c. 1962 - 1965 - ?) - 8

"Miss Hynes and Mr. Slezeck were the assistant principals. Miss Hynes later became principal and didn't Mr. Slezeck serve as principal at some point?"

Miss Regina Hynes - 4
Mr. William H. Polk (? - 1974-75 - ?) - 4, 7
Miss. Jessie Powell ? - 4
Dr. Eboni Wilson (c. January 2005 - June 2005)
Robert Crawford (July 1, 2005 - Present)




Faculty: A complete list of Chester High School faculty is found on many of the class pages below

Faculty & Staff 1914-1917

1938 Chester High Faculty Picture

Some Teachers:
David M. Baker (c. 1919-1949)
Leah Bloom (?-1951-1954-?) (English) - 1, 6
Miss Mary E. Burke
Basil C. Clare (Social Science)
Clare Deakyne (Home Ec.)
Harold Hartman (Spanish)
Dr. Leah Jordan (c. 1935-1960) (English) - 1, 6
Marie McDonald (?-1951-1954-?) (English) - 1, 6
Harriet Oliver McKinney (c. 1947-1972) (Algebra & Latin) [Obituary]
Margaret Muldoon (?-1951-1954-?) (French) - 1, 6
Mary Muldoon (?-1951-1954-?) (English) - 1, 6
George W. Pedlow (Math 1913, later Principal of CHS)
Robert Prosser (Business)
Laura Reaney (Chemistry, 1913)
Ella W. Rennie (Head of Commercial Department, retired 1939).  Sister of CHS principal James Homer Rennie.
Clara P. Riley (English)
Dr. James DeRose (Science)
     "He was one of the two PhDs in CHS at the time (the other being Dr. Leah Jordan), and both of them were spectacular teachers, both having been awarded as such." - 2
Mary Ruffini (English) ?51-54? - 6
Margaret Nothnagle Seletz (Home Economics)
Frank Seletz (Social Studies)
William Slezak (?-1951-1954-?) (Science) - 1, 6
Florence Williams [Biography]
Jim Vermychuk-Voc ?51-54? - 6

Chester schools homemaking supervisor, Mrs. Alice Ewing, 1949


Staff: Joseph Jefferis, superintendent of grounds and building for 36 years (c. 1901-1937) [Biography]

Jeanette D. Purnell, nurse - 4

Louise Williams Wood, secretary to the Principal - 5

"My mother was the secretary to the principal from 1928 to 1936 , when she had to resign because the school district had a rule about working spouses. She then went to work for Troy laundry and their bookkeeper."


Music, Drama, etc. CHS Dance Band

1954 Band; Photo courtesy of Joan Guzek

1954 Flag Twirlers; Photo courtesy of Joan Guzek

1954 Majorettes; Photo courtesy of Joan Guzek


Academics & Organizations: National Honor Society

1954; Photo courtesy of Joan Guzek


Sports: Some Coaches/Athletic Directors:

Dutch Boyer--Basketball - 1
Hal Brewster--Baseball - 1
Jack Crawford--AD - 1
Bob Forwood--Basketball - 1, 6
Pard Larkin (c. 1924, 1925)
Dick Madison--Basketball and Football [Biographical Sketch & Photo] - 1

Coaching Staff (1950-1954); Photo courtesy of Joan Guzek

Baseball:

1953-54 Baseball Team; Photo courtesy of Joan Guzek

Basketball:

c. 1912 Basketball Team, Photo courtesy of Betty-Jane Bennett Smith

1937 Basketball Team; Photo courtesy of John Lastowka

1954 Varsity Basketball Team, Eastern State Champions; Photo courtesy of Dan McGinniss

Cheerleaders:

1954 Cheerleaders; Photo courtesy of Joan Guzek

Football:

1953-54 Football Team; Photo courtesy of Joan Guzek

Track:

1980 Track Team; Photo courtesy of Craig "Fled" Rainey

1980 Girls Track Team; Photo courtesy of Donna Fisher

Click here to visit Dave Burman's "unofficial site of the legendary Chester High School Boys Basketball Program".


Classes:
1875

1876

1877

1878

1879

1880

1881

1882

1883

1884

1885

1886

1887

1888

1889

1890

1891

1892

1893

1894

1895

1896

1897

1898

1899

1900

1901

1902

1903

1904

1905

1906

1907

1908

1909

1910

1911

1912

1913

1914

1915

1916

1917

February 1918

1918

1919

 

1920

1921

February 1922

1922

February 1923

1923

February 1924

1924

February 1925

1925

February 1926

1926

February 1927

1927

February 1928

1928

February 1929

1929

February 1930

1930

February 1931

1931

February 1932

1932

February 1933

1933

February 1934

1934

February 1935

1935

February 1936

1936

February 1937

1937

Student Strike c. 1937-38, lead by John Gilman

February 1938

1938

February 1939

1939

Class of 1939 reunion picture

February 1940

1940

February 1941

1941

February 1942

1942

February 1943

1943

1944

1945

1946

1947

1948

1949

1950

1951

1952

1953

1954

1955

1956

1957

1958

Class of 1958 reunion picture

1959

1960

1961

1962

1963

1964

1965

1966

1967

1968

1969

 

1970

1971

1972

1973

1974

1975

1976

1977

1978

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003


Some students:
Alice Edwards (later principal at Thurlow and Horace Mann Schools)
Kevin Jones
Bo Ryan


School History: The original Chester High School was later renamed the Starr School and was located on the site currently occupied by the Chester Water Authority on the Southeast corner of 5th & Welsh St.

The original gray stone building erected in 1901 (seen in the picture above), was destroyed by fire on January 9, 1968.  The contractor for the building was William Provost, Jr.

An architecturally similar addition (still standing) was built in 1919, and the Vocational Building on 7th Street was opened in September 1941.

The Class of 1974 was the last class to graduate from the "old" Chester High School building.

[Pictures taken the day following the January 9, 1968 fire, courtesy of Gloria Evers, GME118@aol.com]

[Pictures of the "Old" Chester High School taken Fall 2001, courtesy of "Joker" Jack Chambers, Jokerjak908@yahoo.com]

[Picture of the "New" Chester High School taken Fall 2001, courtesy of "Joker" Jack Chambers, Jokerjak908@yahoo.com]

Student Strike c. 1937-38, lead by John Gilman

 

 

Many thanks to the following for supplying additional information for this page:

1 - Dan McGinniss

2 - Betsy Boyce Loth (CHS 1958)

3 - Jgodin13@aol.com

4 - RJesus4me@aol.com

5 - Pat Bartusik

6 - Dan McGinniss

7 - Bob Vaughan

8 - Donna Schier

 

If you have any information and or pictures that you would like to contribute about Chester High School, please forward it to john@oldchesterpa.com


2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 John A. Bullock III.

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This page last updated 09/08/10