History of the
School Buildings History: The Foundation
received these fascinating emails in response to a request for
details on the various Surrattsville buildings:
will help about the "after World War II" building programs at
Surratts. I started 1st grade at Surrattsville in 1949.
It was the old two-story building with all 12 grades. We ate
lunch in our classrooms at that time as there was no cafeteria.
A class member would go to the office at lunchtime to get the milk
and ice cream that students had purchased that day. I think
that the big room (that would become the cafeteria) was the
library/auditorium. Betty Bowie and I were flower girls in 1st
grade for the May Dance held in that room. When I was in about
4th or 5th grade (1953-54), the new Elementary School was built on
Clinton Manor Drive. At first it only accommodated 1st through
3rd grades. Mary B. Edelen became the elementary school
principal. In the next several years, they gradually expanded
to 6th grade. I missed the move each time they expanded
because of the grade I was in -- I was glad as I liked the old
school and did not want to move. I can remember the 2-story
addition with the gym being made to the basic building, but I cannot
remember exactly when it was -- I'm pretty sure it was when I was
still in elementary school. I started 7th grade in 1955.
The "new" Senior High School off Piscataway Road was completed in
1960. This was when the old building became the Junior High
School. Other students and I helped to move biology equipment
to the new school to help Mrs. Holland in handling the special
equipment. Our Class of '61 was the first class to graduate
from the new High School having been there all of our Senior Year
(the Class of '60 had attended classes there for the last part of
their Senior Year). Maybe others can help pin down the dates
of the 2-story/gym addition, etc. I always loved
Surrattsville. The principal, Mr. Pryde, took such pride in
the school. I remember the big preparations when Surrattsville
was to undergo some special "evaluation" in the mid 50's.
Everything had to be in tip-top shape. The school was such an
integral part of the community. Our society has lost a lot
since those days of community/school/church connections. Hope
some of this helps. Joan Penn Revis (61)"
school had to be built between 1955 - 1957. I attended 3rd grade
there in 1951, left and returned in Oct. 1954 to the seventh grade.
An addition was added to the building from 54-56, and it was still
grades 1 through 12 during construction in Oct 1954. The New School
opened in Oct/Nov 1959. I was part of the student Senior volunteers
that helped move boxes and supplies. I graduated in the Class of
1960, the First Class from the "New" school. Garvin Smith
"I went to SHS grades 1-12 in the same building.
I know that there was an elementary school still operating in the
1951-1952 school year, at SHS, as I was in it. My class of
1958 was supposed to be the last graduating class from the
jr./sr.high school, but the new school did not get finished in time,
so the 1959 class was the last graduating class of SHS junior/sr.
high school. Jean Merriman Beardmore (58)"
"I am going
to check with my Mom. However, I am pretty sure the Elementary
School opened in 1952 for my third grade. Mrs. Johnson was my
teacher. Or, was it Mrs. Ellinger. As I said, I'll check
with my Mom tomorrow. Best, Len Owens (62)"
went to Surrattsville High School from Sept 1949 to June 1950, and
unless my memory has completely failed me the elementary school
occupied the ground floor of the building while the upper grades
through 12 occupied the second floor. Mr. Price was the
principal and Mrs. McFadden was the vice principal.. I would
be interested to learn where I can see (on line) a copy of the year
book from my year there. Tom Satterfield"
Surratts news e-notice of April 1 was forwarded to me by Les
Gooding. I have never seen it before and found it to be most
interesting - especially the historical notes and many references to
my father and family. I am Thomas Summers Gwynn, III, and I
graduated in 1964. My sister Sally graduated in 1962 and my
sister Julie in 1970. I started first grade at Surrattsville
in the fall of 1952. At that time, all 12 grades were in one
building. The new elementary school was completed in time for
me to go there for all of second grade. I lived close enough
to walk to all three of the Surrattsville schools that I attended.
Summers Gwynn (64)."
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