Patch Picks: 5 Easton Schools that Used to Be

With school back in session, we look back in time.

1. South Easton High School
Southside Easton started out as “South Easton,” a separate town and municipality from Easton. As such, at that time, it also had it's own school system and it's own high school. Eventually, after South Easton dissolved and merged with Easton, and the Easton school system began to consolidate with other local districts, the high school was also merged into what is now Easton Area High School.

The old South Easton High School is now the Shull Center, which houses the Southside senior center and the Southside Branch of the Easton Public Library.

2. Easton High School
Now known as the Governor Wolf Building, the original Easton High School on South Second Street was highly regarded and a privilege to attend in a time when most people's education ceased upon graduation of the 8th grade.

Pennsylvania Governor George Wolf, born in Northampton County and an Easton lawyer, ultimately sacrificed his political career in his dedication to establishing public school education in Pennsylvania, and he is commemorated in the “Penny Arch,” which was literally raised through the penny donations of Easton school children in the late 19th century.

This iconic arch is echoed in the architecture of the second Easton High School on Northampton Street, and a smaller replica arch was installed on the current Easton Area High School campus located at 25th Street and William Penn Highway.

3. Traill Green School
Named for the local famous physician and Lafayette College benefactor Traill Green, this stately neighborhood elementary school at South 13th and Washington streets was attended by young Eastonians from 1902 to 1971. After it was closed by the district, it sat vacant for a decade and a half until it was converted into an apartment house, which it remains today.

4. Cottingham School
Most recently the EASD administration office until its move to 1801 Bushkill Drive, this turn-of-the-century neighborhood school at Ninth Street on Northampton has definitely seen better days. The only thing clear about its future is that it will likely be revitalized, to what ultimate purpose remains to be seen.

5. Taylor School
Torn down decades ago to make way for St. John's Lutheran Church's parking lot, the elegance of this Downtown public school was reportedly remarkable, including marble staircases and a crystal chandeliers.

Edith Kempsey September 04, 2011 at 05:22 PM
I don't see my elementary school, Washington on South Seventh Street. I was in the last class to leave in 6th grade when it closed in 1940. Then I attended 7th to 10th grade at Wolf Jr. High until 1944. They returned 7th grade to elementary level and added 10th grade to Jr. High School during WW II . The school still stands, but I'm not sure how it is being used.
Jeanne Hartranft September 05, 2011 at 10:16 AM
Started at Washington School in 1st grade, then on to Taylor then Cottingham then on to Wolf Jr. High and ended up at PBurg Catholic. I think two other schools are also missing ... Porter school on Wilkes-Barre St. and Asa Packer on Nesquehoning St. You younger ones wouldnot know about these schools unless your parents told you. They were fun times and we walked!
Chauncey Howell September 05, 2011 at 03:11 PM
"...and we walked!" Doesn't that say it all? Walked to school and back, and back to school and back to home, all in one day. Remember we ate lunch at home then. . I walked home from highschool at 12th Street, stopping off at the Library to give a dance lesson behind the stacks to a fat girl from geometry class, who had complained to me that that her social ineptitude was due to her inability to dance! My lessons on the box step would remedy that, I hoped, in time for the junior prom. I was her date! Then I proceeded downtown, just in time to see Newsboy Red throw his daily fit in Centre Square----"Grab his tongue! Just don't stand there!" Then up to Lafayette and Paxinosa to do my two paper routes. After supper, I walked all the way back downtown, crossing the Lehigh, to mount Mount Parnassus, the South Side, there to take a piano lesson from my teacher, a church organist who lived on Nesquehoning Street. Then, with Czerny's "Schule der Fleissigheit"---was it "Fertigheit"?---well, either way, I was fleissig und fertig, busy and ready---witn Czerny buzzing in my head, I walked all the way home, downhill and uphill, to Parker Avenue and bed.
Pam September 05, 2011 at 03:36 PM
Another Easton school was Vanderveer School, which sat behind Cottingham Stadium. I attended in the early 70's when it was used as "overflow" classrooms for Easton Jr. High at 12th & Northampton. I attended half days in 8th & 9th grade at Vanderveer and had each of the 4 major subjects--one in each of the big square rooms (English, Math, Social Studies, & Science). 8th was on the first floor; 9th on the second floor. School was since torn down, not sure how long ago.
another point of view September 06, 2011 at 03:52 AM
Cottingham, what a great school! I lived behind Leone's-fresh bread every day. I remember Washington School. There were kids there when I was going to Cottingham. Learned all the basics such as coloring between the lines, 500 things you can make with graham crackers and milk and my favorite class-recess. I could actually run home from recess and make it back in time. Can't do that today. Can't even go to recess-it's not on the PSSAs. Some italian barber use to cut my hair on Northampton Street. He also doubled as a justice of the peace. He held court while I was sitting in the chair. "How do you plead? I'ma going to fina you good." There was a kid in my class who was fat. We called him "Porky". When the teacher admonished us for the cruel name, Porky would defend us. His real first name was something like "Beverly" Porky was a welcome sound.( You know a "Boy Named Sue"). I thought Porky would end up a serial killer. But, he ate a little too much cereal and exploded like the Hindenberg. Best experience at Cottingham was the trip to the Lehigh Valley train yard. There were a lot of trains and a million kids crawling all over them. Porky got stuck in a door. We laughed all the way home.


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