QUARRYVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
Now and Then in Providence Township, 1976 , Paul Hollinger
During most of the 1800's, children went to
school only six or eight years. From about 1900 to 1946, students advancing to secondary school had to find their own transportation and had to pay tuition. Providence Township students went to Quarryville High School (now the Junior High), to Lampeter High School (now an elementary), or to the three year high school at Drumore, no longer in use. Providence Township paid $80 per pupil each year from 1946 until we joined the Solanco Consolidated Schools about 1958. The Quarryville High School was opened in 1915 wi th
alterations in 1927, 1961, and additions in 1936
Elementary students complete grades 1-5 now in Providence, then go to the old high school in Quarryville for grades 6-8. Starting in
1977, this building will be called a middle school. Pre Ii m i nary plans call for the build-ing of a new middle
school at a site out of Quarryville. Pictured is the last graduating class,
1914, in the first high
school. The first Quarry
ville High School (1893-
1914) is now an apartment house, the last building to the south of the bridge where State Street crosses over the low grade tracks, near Howard Groff's oil tanks.
The Solanco High School was constructed in 1961. At that time, Quarryville was made a Junior High only. Providence is the largest by far of the nine school districts. In 1970, no other township had over 2,000 popu-lation; Providence had nearly 3,000. Quarry-ville boro has only half as many people. Providence is projected to have over 7,000 residents by the year 2010. In the ten year period before 1972, there were only 715 new
L-R: Harold V. Wiggins, Adminis- building lots recorded in all of Solanco. But trative Assistant for Business Affairs: in 1973 alone there were 783 lots approved
Dr. Curtis L. Rohm, Solanco Super- '
intendent; and Carl R. Beck, AdminisaInd rates climbed steadily. More than half
trativc Assistant of lnstruction and of the new homes begun were in Providence
federal Programs. as opposed to the other eight districts.
Following are some Solanco student enrollments
1964 3,480 1965 3,581, 1973 - 3,495, 1974 - 3,582,1975 - 3,652 , 1976 - 3,717
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