CLARA STEWART BURROUGH was born in December of 1869 to William and Sarah H. "Sallie" Burrough. Her early years were spent in Delaware Township (present-day Cherry Hill) NJ, where William Burrough had a farm. By 1880 the family had moved to Camden, where William Burrough went into business as a milk dealer in Camden. The family was living at 622 North 2nd Street, the corner of North 2nd and Main Street, in North Camden as early as 1880, and included a younger brother, Joseph Burrough. Clara Burrough and her parents were living at 605 North 2nd Street in Camden when the census was taken in 1900 and she was still living on North 2nd street as late as 1920. For many years her neighbor at 614 North 2nd was Dr. Howard F. Palm, she also live just across the tracks from "Pop" Daly's saloon at North 2nd, Main, and Vine  Streets, however it is quite unlikely that she ever patronized that establishment. More likely is that she did business with cobbler Tom Homan at 526 North 2nd Street, just a few doors away from her home. 

Clara Burrough began her teaching career in Cooper School. Later she was transferred to the Richard Fetters School at Third and Mount Vernon Streets where she served briefly as principal and was successful in bringing that school up to speed in dealing with children from many different countries who spoke little or no English. In November, 1894 she became a teacher in Camden Manual Training and High School, then located at 125 Federal Street. She was appointed principal of the high school in 1900, which by then had moved to a new building on Haddon Avenue at Newton Avenue. When the new Camden High School opened in 1918, Clara Burrough became the new school's first principal. Camden Manual Training and High School, whose building at that point was not quite 20 years old, was converted for use as  Junior High School No. 1. 

Clara Burrough was hospitalized in February of 1933 and did not return home until June of that year, and her retirement from the Camden public school system was announced. On June 22, 1933 at the commencement exercises for Camden High School's graduating class, it was announced that in appreciation of her dedicated service Junior High School No. 1.  would be renamed Clara S. Burrough Junior High School. Sadly, and unexpectedly, Clara S. Burrough passed away at her home in Haddonfield on the very next day. 

Among the teachers who served at Camden High School under Clara Burrough's leadership were Lucy Dean Wilson, who also retired at the end of the 1933 term. Clara Burrough was succeeded as principal of Camden High by Carleton R. Hopkins, who held the post until his retirement in 1956.

Philadelphia Inquirer
June 26, 1904
E.E. Jefferis - Edward H. Sayford - James E. Bryan - Clara S. Burrough - Susanna Danser
Julian K. Potter - G. Bovilla Fry - George T. Phillips - Helen E. Herbert
Camden Manual Training and High School - Camden Lodge of Elks
Frank Healy - Peter Verga - Frank Gardner -
Amos R. Dease - Levi Farnham - Albert West
Broadway - Federal Street - Linden Street 

Camden High School Purple & Gold Yearbook - 1926

"A real purpose in life lifts a man or a woman out of himself and gives him the power to do his best. There is no higher purpose in life than the will to be of service to mankind. The world needs men and women trained not for private gain but for public service."



Camden Courier-Post - January 24, 1928


Dr. Charles E. Beury, president of Temple University, Philadelphia, will address the graduating class of Camden High School at the mid-year commencement exercises Thursday night. 

Eighty graduates will receive their diplomas from Edwin L. Seabrook, president of the Camden Board of Education. 

Miss Clara S. Burrough, principal, will present each student to the audience; Miss Lucy Dean Wilson, head of the music department, will conduct the orchestra and the choruses, which will sing three selections, “Land of Hope and Glory” by Elgar, “Bedouin Song.” by Foote, and “O Lord Most Holy” by Franck. The school orchestra will play selections from the musical comedy, ‘Yes, Yes, Yvette,” and other numbers such as “Diane,” “Priest’s March from Athalie” by Mendelssohn; “The Red Mill” by Vic­tor Herbert, and Sousa’s “Thunderer March.”

Camden Courier-Post
Evening Courier - April 23, 1928

It is not so many years ago, old timers say, since Fetters School at Third and Mount Vernon Street was considered large enough to accommodate youngsters for several generations. Now a six-room annex is to be built on the north side facing Walnut Street. Back in 1905 five rooms were added in the annex on Mount Vernon Street. With the new structure the school will contain 19 rooms, which would have thought far too large for a high school in the 90s, when Camden had its first experiment in that line. That was in the old Federal Street building later occupied by the Post-Telegram


Half a Century Ago


When Fetters School was built in 1875 it was considered about the last word as far as a school structure went. It was of stone, solidly constructed and furnished with gas, running water, and everything then regarded as thoroughly modern. The largest school downtown was the old Kaighn building on Newton Avenue, until the 1870s ample for the Kaighn Point area.

There were plenty of open lots when the Fetters School was built. Those days Camden was something of a struggling community with districts that had not yet lost their individuality. As a pupil in the early 90s in old Fetters  I recall the section had many open spaces. Nothing remotely suggested the part-time classes was then necessary, certainly not thought of by Professor Horatio Draper, of blessed memory, who guided Camden’s educational system more than 30 years before he was displaced by the late Mayor Hatch at the close of the last century


Nothing had then been heard of a “melting pot” as applied to America and its schools. But around Kaighn Point even in the 80s there was the first evidence of a great influx of those from across the seas who were soon to follow the old families, who’s children were to enter that melting pot and become transformed into American citizens


The Melting Pot


The Fuhrmans, Auerbachs, Lichtensteins were among the first I recall. Many others followed; especially from the Russian Polish district where life was hard and oppression severe. Came the immigrant wave from South Italy whose descendants long since have taken possession of the district spreading from Third and Pine, once the stronghold of English, German, and Irish families. In a police census a quarter of a century ago it developed that the Fifth Ward could boast representatives from every nation on the face of the globe, even to a Finlander, some Turks with Japs and Chinese commonplace.


It was about the period when Miss Clara S. Burrough, long principal of the High School and now recovering from an operation in Cooper Hospital, was principal of Fetters that the big change came that the classes were composed largely of children of foreign parentage. Often they did not know a single world of English. Teachers had their problems and Miss Burrough will undoubtedly recall the great task involved in really making the “melting pot” down there in the old school at Third and Mount Vernon Street effective. But she and the valiant corps under here direction tackled it and by the time Miss Burrough was elevated to the principalship of Camden High, a very deserved promotion, by the way, the problem had been totally solved.


Hot Times in the Old Town


Incidentally Miss Burrough will likewise recall the hectic conditions in more ways than one for the period marked turmoil in the educational world hereabouts. “Old Drape” had been fired overnight by Hatch, indignation meetings were held, demands were made for his reinstatement but the Committee of Public Instruction, headed by the late C.S. Magrath, named by Hatch, naturally followed his direction. Martin Scheibner, a long, white-whiskered veteran of the Civil War, was named as Draper’s successor. But it was worse than handling a drove of wild horses. The venerable professor soon bowed out of the scene. It was not until the advent of Professor James E. Bryan that something like peace came. Bryan's firm hand plus extraordinary ability and a determination not to surrender despite scholastic bedlam finally won.


But even yet, old friends of “Drape's” who knew him in Fetters or in the makeshift “high school” have not forgotten the bitterness, have not forgiven the shabby way in which that fine Southern gentleman was treated. I recall him down at Fetters, sometimes with his setters on which he placed much store; often with a humorous story, which probably didn’t contribute to strict school, discipline but which certainly left fragrant memories of days long ago.

C.S. Magrath - Martin Scheibner - Fuhrman Family - Lichtenstein Family

Camden High School
Purple & Gold Yearbook

Camden Courier-Post - June 12, 1933


Miss Clara S. Burrough, principal of Camden High School for 33 years, who will retire at the end of the present term, has been removed from Cooper Hospital to her home, 228 Washington Avenue, Haddonfield. 

Miss Burrough had been a patient at Cooper Hospital since February 23. 
During her absence Thomas W. Trembath, vice principal and principal-elect of Junior High School No. 1, was in charge at the high school. When the Fall term opens, Miss Burrough will be succeeded by Carleton R. Hopkins, now principal of Hatch Junior High School

Miss Burrough began her teaching career in Cooper School. Later she was transferred to Fetters School and in November, 1894, she became a teacher in Camden Manual Training and High School, then located at 125 Federal Street. She was appointed principal of the high school in 1900. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 15, 1933

Commencement Next Thursday to Be Institution's Farewell;
Becomes Academic Next September; Veteran Teachers to Retire

Commencement exercises of Camden High School will be held June 22 when diplomas will be presented to 264 students. 

It will be the thirty-fourth and last annual commencement as Camden High School. 
In September it will become Camden Academic High School under a reorganization plan that creates also a Camden Commercial High School, at what now is Woodrow Wilson Junior High School.

It will be the last class to be presented by Miss Clara S. Burrough, principal. She retires this month after 33 years as the head of the school and 44 years in the Camden school system. 

Five Honor Students 

The honor students are Esther E. Hill, Clara E. Marie Krause, Robert Knox Bishop, Caroline Emhof and Evelyn Harriet Ratcliffe. Bishop was selected by a committee of the faculty to represent the boys of the class and will deliver an essay on "Capital Punishment and Modern Civilization." Miss Krause was selected by the committee to represent the girls. Her essay will be "Music and Moods." 

Judge Harold B. Wells, Bordentown, will be the principal orator. Samuel E. Fulton, president of the board of education, will present the diplomas. 

The high school orchestra will present its annual program under the leadership of Miss Lucy Dean Wilson. Miss Wilson is also retiring after 37 years' service. 

The Graduates 

The graduates are: Richard Adam, Nicholas Angelastro, Harry L. Bantle, Jr., Milton J. Barag, James Allen Barlow, Omar N. Barth, Leon Battaglia, John M. Bauer, Jr., Harold Berlin.

Michael A. Billy, Robert Knox Bishop, Alfred Bisti, Henry Blaszczynski, R. Walter Blattenberger, Samuel Joseph Bloodgood, Robert Lea Boertzel, Angelo Borghero, Thaddeus Bozymowski, Joseph Nicholson Bray, Harold Leon Brook, Kenneth Brown, Preston Huntington Brown, Allen Budinger, Joseph V. Caputi, John Carter, Otaldo Chierici, Alfred B. Christiansen, Jr ., Samuel Cohen, William Connell, Leon W. Crane, Jr., and Louis W. Cranmer. 
Alfonso John Davis, John B. Deacon, Morris DiAngelo, Filiberto DiMambro, Louis DiMartine, J. Donald Dollarton, William Dorfman, Frank Dunkelberger, Isadore Dvinsky, Melville Joseph Ellis, Louis Engleman, Gustave Essig, Charles Falkinburg, Paul Felsberg, Joseph Flood, Carlton A. Frew, Elmer Friedberg, Bennie S. Giletto, Horace Goehringer, Donald T. Gondolf, William H. Griffing and John A. Groch. 

Michael Haday, Walter Hadtke, George Lynch Hallowell, Harry H. Haltzman, Ellwood S. Hare Jr., C. Albertus Hewitt, George Hildrew, Leon Hoffman. Charles Horwitz, Charles E. Howison, Herbert C. Hungridge, Albert C. Hurley Jr., J. Edward Jaques, Joseph Jensen, Robert T. Johnson, Morris Katz and Maurice T. Kirk. 

Leonard Knecht, George R. Krattenmaker, Stanley Krystek, Joseph Lavitt, William F. Leidenroth, Paul Lightman, Joseph Litowitz, Stephen Lustina, George Edward MacKnight, Edward F. Mazur, Frank Mazza Jr., George S. McClain. Joseph McDermott, James McPhillips, Edward McVaugh, Allen R. Messick, Jr., Henshaw Miles, Lewes W. Miller, Louis E. Miller, Philip Moeszinger, William Russell Moll, John Murrow, Ralph Obus, Chester Orlik, Martin Parrangian and Francis Pomeroy Patterson.

Stanley T. Pawlak, Joseph Franklin Peel, James B. Peterson, William Pikus, Henry Pogroszewski, John Albert Quillin, Henry Redlus, Frank L. Helter, Wilson Allen Rickenbach, F. Leland Rose, Norman Rose, Bernard David Rosen, Milton Rose, Harold Raoul Rudnitsky, N. Harry Ruttenberg, William A. Samalonis, William T. Seaman, Jr., Carl Seifling, Alexander Serotkin, Harry R. Sharp, Jr., and Warren R. Smith. 

Albert Soloff, Leon Sosnow, Carl Southard, Aaron Spiegel, Elijah J. Stevenson, Jr., Herbert Leonard Steelman, William Henry Harrison Swope, Harry Dudley Teat Jr., Preston Thomas Jr., John Tisso, Rico Tiziani, Ralph Troupe, Alfred Vitarelli, Samuel J. Watters, William C. R. Weber, Jr., Charles Wexlin, Charles S. Whiley, Howard P. Whilldin, Charles C. Wright and Leonard M. Zondler.

Mae Baler Anderson, Elizabeth Austermuhl, Edna May Avis, Sara T. Bakley, Rose Bardock, Rose Muriel Barnes, Ethel R. Bene, Mildred Berkowitz, Josephine Biasi, Martha May Bierschenk, Sylvia Evelyn Binder, Elizabeth Ruth Bobo, Frances Bonamassa, W. Evelyn Bond, Ruth Rebecca Brennan, Ann F. Budd, Louise Ellen Bunstein, Ruth Burgess, Dorothy Butcher, Dorothea W. Campbell, Rose Mae Carey, Martha Adele Chapman, Rosolia Cioffi, Bertha Carolyn Clayton, Mildred Adele Cooper, Julia A. Dahl and Helen Elizabeth Donaghy. 

Jeanette Donien, Mary D'Oria, Sarah Hewett Doughten, Sara Duncan, Mildred Ruth Eggart, Martha Ellender, Caroline Emhof, Marjorie Euster, Anna Mae Joan Fields, Florence B. Fireman, Grace Fletcher, Bernice Fuhrman, Solo Gibbons, Rosalia Halicks, Florence Hallowell, Dorothy E. Hamilton, Olga Margaret Hardecker, Augusta E. Harrison, Beatrice Louise Hart, Grace E. hemphill, and Anne E. Hesbacker.

Esther E. Hill, Lillian Viola Himmelein, Naomi Hofflinger, Frances Letitia Ingram, Mary Adele Jennings, Eleanor Margaret Johns, Mildred Ruth Jordan, Mary Louise King, Margaret M. Klenzing, Clara E. Marie Krause, Mary Martha Kreher, Ruth M. Lafferty, Minerva G. Lagakos, Mary M. Lambersky, Lola Eleanor Linthicum, Judith E. Lord, Dorothy H. Lynn, Ellzabeth Maguire, Ida Elisabeth Marland, W. Bertha Mattes, Theresa Mazza, Ruth F. Melnik, Helen Mills. 

Florence Molotsky, Miriam G. Morris, Eleanor Mae Nichols, Margaret B. Osborne, Dorothy Mae Osmond, Verna G. Otten, Alice E. Patryck, Amella L. Patten, Irene Peard, Beatrice E. Perry, Jennie K. Radziewicz, Evelyn Harriet Ratcliffe, Elizabeth M. Reid, Kathryn Van Dyke Richardson, Emma V. Riedinger, F. Mildred Riegraf, Emma Beatrice Ritchards, Marion M. Roberts, Doris Jean Rosenberg.

Sylvia Rosenberg, Jeannette Rozner, Catherine C. Ruggiero. Sadie M. Santanello, Almira M. Schofield, Kathryn V. Seybold, Ruth Lourin Shapiro, Pearl B. Sherman, Virginia N. Simensen, Lillian B. Simons, Pauline Lee Siris and Florence M. Sklllon.

Angeleen M. Smiechowskl, Mildred Elsie Smith, Grace V. Sochacki, Lillian Amelia Starke, Sally Stein, Irene L. Stern, Inez Rae Strubel, Verna E. Styer, Sabina Stypa, S. Frances Sullivan, Doris Gwendolyn Taylor, Betty H. Taylor, Geneva M. Terranova, Margaret E. Treble, Henrietta Varbalow, Cecelia Pearl Vaughan, Madeline Waeckel, Wllletta A. Warner, Adele Alberta Wegrzynak, Rose Weinberg, Joyce V. Willis, Dorothy E. Wilson, Helen E. Yusk, Rae Zeit and Ruth Meriam Zilz.

Camden Courier-Post * June 16, 1933

Association Gives Banquet and Entertainment for 8 at Hotel Here

Eight retiring school principals were honored last night at a banquet in the junior ballroom of Hotel Walt Whitman by the Camden Principals' Association. 

Amid decorations of roses and spring flowers these teachers, who have served the city from 35 to 40 years, heard words of praise from their schoolmates and superiors. 

They are Miss Daisy Furber, Central School; Mrs. Margaret Thomson, Northeast; Miss Minerva Stackhouse, Davis; Miss Bessie Snyder, McKinley; Miss Clara S. Burrough, Camden High; Miss Helen Wescott, Mulford; Miss Loretta Ireland, Cooper; Miss Charlotte V. Dover, Washington. 

Harry Showalter, president of the association, presided. Eighty guests represented the entire school system of 38 institutions. Showalter, Dr. Leon N. Neulen, superintendent of schools, and Dr. James E. Bryan, retired superintendent, joined in paying tribute to the retiring principals as having set a high example for Camden's school system.

The male teachers serenaded the women instructors and vice versa with song. At the closing the teachers joined hands at the suggestion of Dr. Bryan and sang "Auld Lang Syne." .

Camden Courier-Post - June 23, 1933

Junior High is Renamed to Honor Miss Burrough

Junior High School No. 1 yester day was renamed Clara S. Burrough Junior High School, in honor of Miss Burrough, retired principal of Camden High School. 

Renaming of the school at Haddon and Newton Avenues was voted at a special meeting of the Camden Board of Education before the commencement exercises in the high school building. 

Miss Burrough, who has been ill, and who was unable to attend the graduation exercises, retired after 45 years' service in Camden public schools, and after serving as principal at the high school for 33 years. Samuel E. Fulton, president of the board, praised Miss Burrough's service, in announcing renaming of the junior high school of which Miss Burrough was the first principal..

Camden Courier-Post * June 23, 1933

Camden High Presents Diplomas to Class Of 261 
Many Prizes Awarded; Judge Wells Makes Address

Win Prizes

The need of more religious education was stressed by Judge Harold B. Wells, of Bordentown, in addressing 264 graduates of Camden High School and more than 1500 relatives and friends who attended commencement exercises yesterday. 

Awards of the main scholarships and prizes were announced as follows: 

Alumni Scholarships- Tuition in University of Pennsylvania, awarded to C. Albertus Hewitt, president of Senior class; $300 toward tuition in any college chosen, awarded to Esther Hill, first honor student. 

W. F. Rose Public Speaking Contest prizes of $15 each- Awarded to Cecelia Cummings and Jack Sosenko, both of January Class. 

ESTHER HILL                             CECELIA CUMMINGS
who were granted awards at graduation ceremonies
at Camden High School yesterday

"We need more religion and more devotion," Judge Wells said, "not more money or more education. Don't boast that you don't believe in God. The whole world and all the progress it ,has made is based on a belief in God. 

"Don't sneer at religion until you know something about it-and then you won't sneer. Live for today. Don't worry about yesterday and don't think of tomorrow. Don't be a grouch- the divorce courts today are filled with grouches." 

Thomas W. Trembath, vice principal of the high school, brought a momentary hush on the large audience when he announced that Miss Clara S. Burrough, high school principal who is retiring, was not well enough to attend this, her last commencement. 

Trembath announced at the same time that students were planning to present Miss Burrough with a chair and other gifts. The movement, he said, began among students a week ago and had swept through the school surprisingly swift. 

All members of the board of education were present. In the absence of Miss Burrough, Samuel E. Fulton, president of the board, presented diplomas. Trembath presented members of the class for graduation honors. 

The invocation opening the exercises was offered by the Rev. W.W. Ridgeway, rector of St. Wilfred's Episcopal Church, Camden. 

Among the officials present were Albert M. Bean, county superintendent of schools; Dr. Leon N. Neulen, city superintendent; Charles S. Albertson, former county superintendent; Dr. William H. Pratt, chief medical inspector; Albert Austermuhl, secretary of the education board, and Lewis Liberman, assistant city solicitor. 

The valedictory and salutatory addresses were dispensed with at the high school last year and supplanted with faculty choices of speakers to represent the boys and girls of the class. 
Robert Knox Bishop, chosen to represent the boys, delivered an essay entitled "Capital Punishment and Modern Civilization." Representing the girls, Clara E. Marie Krause de livered an essay on "Music and Moods." Other honor students are Esther E. Hill, Caroline Emhof and Evelyn Harriet Ratcliffe. 

The musical part of the program follows; . "Die Schone Galathea," by Von Suppe; Farandole from "L' Arlesienne," by Bizet; Washington Post March by Sousa; Triumphal selections from "Blossomtime," by Romberg- all by the High School orchestra. There will be one chorus, "Blue Danube Waltz," by Strauss. 

As a special tribute to her work for Camden High, Miss Lucy Dean Wilson, in charge of public speaking and dramatics, and formerly musical director, was invited by Fulton to conduct the chorus in its final number. Miss Wilson took the baton from Robert B. Haley, musical director, and directed the singers. Miss Wilson is retiring this year. 

The commencement was the thirty­fourth and last annual commencement at the High School. In September it will become the Camden Academic High School under a reorganization plan that will make Woodrow Wilson Junior High School the Camden Commercial High School. 

Prizes were awarded as follows: 

Philomathean Society Prize, $10, Ruth Brennan, student in fourth year class doing. most meritorious work in English composition. 

Class of 1916 Prize in Drawing, $5, Ida Marland, 

Solomon J. and Rosa Goldstein Prizes, $5 each, given by Dr. Hyman I. Goldstein, to Howard Ruffie and Clara Krause, students attaining highest standing in science covering not less than two years of work. 

B'nai Brith Prizes, one of $15, to Elmer Pont, and $10, to Clara Krause, for high standing in mathematics. 

Class of 1923 prizes, two of $10 each, to Richard Call and Esther Hill; students showing greatest ability in athletics. 

Class of 1924 prizes, four of $5 each, to Rose DiMuro, Esther Hill, George M. Minter and Samuel Blood, good, students of January and June class with highest standing in commercial subjects.

Woman's Club prize in American History, $10, to Charles Bray, highest standing In American History. 

Department of Literature of Camden Woman's Club prizes of $10, to Alfred Pikus and Constance Di Giuseppe, for standing in English in junior year. 

Woman's Club prize in domestic science, $10, to Evelyn Cowgill, to sophomore with highest-standing in domestic science.

Mary McClelland Brown prize, $10, established by classes of 1931, to Cecelia Cummings, highest average in French through three year course. 

The Phi Beta Kappa Association of Philadelphia award, a book, "The Epic of America," autographed by the author, James Truslow Adams, to Clara Krause, highest average in academic course on completing four years of Latin. 

Beethoven Club, prize for Musical Activity (new) awarded to Leonard Zondler. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 23, 1933



Clara S. Burrough Junior High School! That is, the new and eminently fitting name given the school at Haddon and Newton Avenues, originally Camden's first senior high school and more recently known as Junior High School No. 1.

It is only unfortunate that Miss Burrough was ill, and unable to attend the graduation exercises, and ceremony in her honor. She was the first principal of the old senior high school, now named for her, and served there and at the new high school for 33 years, following 12 years' served in other Camden schools- a total of 45 years' devotion to education in this city. It is a notable record of an outstanding educator and outstanding woman. 

Fitting as this tribute is, however, the greatest tribute is the admiration and respect for her in the hearts of the thousands who were her pupils, and who have never forgotten her unfailing kindness, firmness and fairness. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 24, 1933

Principal 39 Years; Death Casts Pall on Graduation; Pupils Stunned

Within an hour after she retired as principal of Camden High School Miss Clara S. Burrough died yesterday at her home at Haddonfield after 45 years as an educator in this city. She was 64.

The funeral will be held Monday and strictly private but the body will be on view tomorrow afternoon and night at her home at 228 Washington Avenue, Haddonfield. Burial will be at Colestown Cemetery.

Death came to Miss Burrough at 1 p.m. A few minutes before, 23,000 school children were being dismissed for the Summer vacation.

News of her death cast a somber pall over the gala school closing; students, school board members, fellow teachers and thousands of alumni who can sincerely state they owe much of their success to Miss Burrough, were grief-stricken by the tragic news.

Her Imprint Deep

The woman who admittedly has done more for the public schools in Camden than has any other person or group of persons, passed away at her home.

Her death was sudden, for while she had been ill for several months, she was discharged from Cooper Hospital about two weeks ago and her condition was not regarded as critical. However, while Camden High School was holding its last commencement exercise Thursday, Miss Burrough suffered a relapse. She was attended by Dr. Thomas B. Lee, of Camden and Haddonfield. She is survived by a sister-in-law, Mrs. Joseph Burrough, of Merchantville.

Miss Burrough's death turns what high school students intended for a bestowal of appreciation, into tragedy. The students had, out of their gratitude for the diligence and kind ness and service rendered by Miss Burrough, launched a canvass in the student body for funds. With the money collected they had planned to purchase an easy chair for Miss Burrough for her convalescence and to make a "purse" for her.

Graduation Ball Canceled

A revue and dance, which was to have been held tonight at the high school in honor of the graduating class, was canceled yesterday by :William A. Rogers, president of the Associate Alumni. He said a meeting of the alumni will be held at which memorial resolutions will be passed instead. Class reunion dinners will be held at Hotel Walt Whitman tonight because it was too late to cancel them for graduates coming from distant points.

Her death also cast a shadow on the signal honor which board of education bestowed upon her Thursday. In commemoration of her unparalleled service in the public schools, the board had renamed the Camden Junior High School No. 1, Haddon and Newton Avenues, the Clara S. Burrough Junior High School.

Samuel E. Fulton expressed for the entire faculty and school board the grief and sudden shock they felt when they heard of Miss Burrough's death. He deemed her death "a severe loss not only to the public school system and the children who come under it, as well as ·to fellow teachers, but also to mankind as measured by the desire to help every one with whom she came into contact."           ,

The following graduates and others joined in paying tribute to Miss Burrough as an educator:

Esteem from 'Her Boys'

Congressman Charles A. Wolverton:

"I greatly deplore the fact that Miss Burrough has passed away. She was a wonderful leader. I was among her first students at Camden High School, graduating under her in 1897. To her I owe much of my success. I had a warm affection in my heart for her. She aided the faculty and school to attain greater heights. Her devotion to the Camden school system was a monument to education 'of 'our city."

Dr. William H. Taylor, dentist, former football star: "I think she was a marvelous and beautiful character. I don't think we appreciated her enough while we were in the high school. We grew to appreciate her more and love her after we graduated".

Assemblyman Frank M. Travaline, Jr.: "She was the most valuable public servant we ever had. She was a good disciplinarian and had a broad view of education. She tried to understand the problems of the pupils, parents and board of education. The high standard of the Camden school system and its high rating are attributable to her efforts. Camden has suffered a distinct loss."

'A Great Educator'

Dr. William H. Pratt, chief medical of schools: "Miss Burrough had the health of her pupils at heart. She co-operated in every way possible with the medical department to improve their health and physical education. We obtained excellent results and I feel the school system has suffered a great loss."

Former State Treasurer William T. Read: "I feel that a great educator has passed on. I think she was a remarkable woman. She was of great assistance to my uncle, Edmund B. Read, when he was president of the board of education."

William A. Rogers, president of Camden High School Associate Alumni: "It will be hard to replace Miss Burrough in the school system. I regret she could not have lived to see the fruits of her efforts. I saw her in the hospital and she expressed the same regret." 

Hoped to 'Attend' by Radio

While she was confined to her home and unable to attend the graduation exercises at Camden High School, arrangements had been made to install both a sending and a receiving radio apparatus in her home. This was so that she could hear the commencement broadcast and also in order that she could deliver a brief address to the graduating students. But she told Fulton that she felt too weak to go through with the pro posed program, and it was abandoned.

Before becoming principal of the high school, Miss Burrough taught in Cooper School and Fetters School. She was transferred to the Camden Manual Training and High School, located then at 125 Federal Street, in November, 1894, when classes were held on the second and third floors of the building at 125 Federal Street, and the Camden Telegram was published on the first floor.

During her regime as principal Miss Burrough saw the high school moved from "Newspaper Row" to Haddon and Newton Avenues in 1899 and then to Farnham Park in 1918.

Native of Colwick

Miss Burrough was born in Camden County in the district now known as Colwick, the daughter of William K. Burrough and Sara Ellis Burrough. Hers was an old New Jersey family which had been living in Camden County for over 200 years. Her mother was from Ellisburg, in Delaware Township, a settlement named for the Ellis family. Miss Burrough had one brother, Joseph Ellis Burrough.

The family moved to North Camden and Miss Burrough received her elementary schooling at the Cooper School on North Third Street above Linden. As there was then no high school in Camden, she commuted between Philadelphia and Camden to attend Friends' Central School. After graduation she took the teachers' examination and obtained her first teaching position as a teacher in Cooper School. From Cooper she was transferred to Fetters School, and from there to the Camden Manual Training and High School , on Federal Street, in November, 1894. 

Took University Work

While she was teaching she took a great deal of work at the University of Pennsylvania and also at Cornell University. She majored in physics and mathematics. It was these subjects which she taught when the high school was at "Newspaper Row."

The time soon came when a larger building was needed. The Board of Education decided to build at Haddon and Newton Avenues, and ·In October, 1899, the building, which is now Junior High School No. 1, became the new high school. Here Miss Burrough continued to teach physics and mathematics. She was admired and respected by all her pupils. Her dignity, fair-mindedness and ability to cope with trying situations won her to everyone. She was particularly successful in treating boys' discipline cases.

She was made principal of the high school in 1900, as successor to Martin Scheibner. Miss Burrough taught her classes after she became principal, but she gave up teaching when the pressure of the work as principal became too great.

The school was located at Haddon and Newton Avenues for 19 years. When it was moved into the new building in Farnham Park in 1918 most of Camden considered the location to be too far from the city activities.

This was the fifteenth year of the school's location at Park Boulevard and Baird Avenue, and Miss Burrough's thirty-third as principal:

She was instrumental in introducing a variety of courses in the school's curriculum in order to fit changing needs. She welcomed new ideas and was the first to try many of them. Camden High was among the first to adopt Student Government with Miss Burrough's co-operation.

Camden Courier-Post - June 25, 1933

Friends and Associates File by Bier Prior to Private Funeral Today

Educators, students, alumni and men and women of all walks of life, who benefited by her teaching, joined yesterday, afternoon and last night in a final tribute to Miss Clara Stewart Burrough, principal of Camden High School, who died Friday.

They passed her bier in silence at her home at 228 Washington. Avenue, Haddonfield. Surrounding the casket were countless floral expressions of sympathy.

Today the family will have strictly private services at 2 p. m. at the house. Dr. George F. Finnie, pastor of North Baptist Church, of which she was a member for years, will preach the sermon and conduct the burial services in Colestown Cemetery.

The honorary pall-bearers will be Dr. Howard Dare White, assistant state commissioner of education; Samuel E. Fulton, president of the Camden Board of Education; Dr. Leon N. Neulen, superintendent of schools; Dr. James E. Bryan, former superintendent of schools; Thomas W. Trembath, vice principal of Camden High School, Wilfred W. Fry, North Baptist Church; George M. Bryson, former member of the board of education; Dr. William A. Wetzel, principal of Trenton High School, and Henry P. Miller, principal of Atlantic City High School.

The following members of the Camden High School Associate Alumni will be active pall-bearers:

William A. Rogers, president; Franklin S. Garman, 1907; Albert E. Burling, 1909; Charles E. Glendenning, 1913; Robert A. Haley, 1921, and Merrill N. O'Brien, 1911.

What was to have been, a joyous occasion Saturday night was turned into one of sorrow when the alumni met at the school for a. dance and frolic in honor of the graduates.

Instead of the reception, the alumni passed resolution of condolence, and voted to raise a four-year scholarship costing $20,000. The alumni plans to endow a fund to give graduates from the school a complete four year course in a university. A new graduate will be given a scholarship each year. It will be kn6wn as the Clara S. Burrough Scholarship. Rogers was authorized to appoint a committee to raise the fund.             .

A floral piece had been ordered placed in her chair at the school by the alumni early Saturday. It was carried with solemnity to a tree planted by the alumni in her honor near the school. After singing her favorite hymn, "The Lord is My Shepherd" Rogers offered a prayer.

The alumni also sent a floral expression to the house. Classes, graduates and various state, county and city educational groups were represented In the floral tributes.

Miss Burrough died at 1 p.m. Friday, one hour after she had been placed on the retired list after 45 years of service as a teacher and principal in Camden schools. She had been principal of the school since 1900.

Camden Courier-Post - June 25, 1933

Funeral of Camden High Principal Held to Colestown Cemetery

Miss Clara Stewart Burrough, principal of Camden High School who died last Friday, was laid In her final resting place yesterday in Colestown Cemetery.

Funeral services were held at 2, p. m. at her home, 228 Washington Avenue, Haddonfield, in strict privacy. Hundreds of relatives, friends, undergraduates and graduates who benefited by or where associated with her in her teaching, paid final tribute at her bier Sunday. Only a few intimate friends were present at the services, and 25 cars were in the procession.

Dr. George F. Finnie, pastor of North Baptist Church, of which Miss Burrough was a member for many years, conducted services.

The honorary pall-bearers were Dr. Howard Dare White, assistant state commissioner of education; Samuel E. Fulton, president of the Camden Board of Education; Dr. Leon N. Neulen, superintendent of schools; Dr. James E. Bryan, former superintendent of schools; Thomas Trembath, vice principal of Camden High School; Wilfred W. Fry, North Baptist Church; George M. Bryson, former member of the Board of education; Dr. William A. Wetzel, principal of Trenton High School, and Henry P. Miller, principal of Atlantic City High School.

The following members of the Camden High School  Associate Alumni were active pall-bearers:

William A. Rogers, 1923, president; Franklin S. Garman, 1907; Albert E. Burling, 1909; Charles H. Glendenning, 1913; Robert M. Haley, 1921, and Merrill N. O'Brien, 1911.

Camden Courier-Post - June 29, 1933

Annual Commencement Gift in Memory of High Principal Decided On

In memory of Clara S. Burrough, principal of Camden High School, who died last Friday on the day her retirement became effective, students of the high school have established an annual commencement award to be presented to the student who leads in scholarship, character and interest in school activities.

Decision to establish this memorial to the beloved principal was reached last night by a committee of students.

The fund, which totals almost $700 ,had been collected by the student. with a view to presenting a gift to Miss Burrough on her retirement. With her death it was decided to establish a lasting tribute to her memory.

The committee of students follows: Donald Dollarton, chairman; John Miller, Albertus Hewitt, Esther Hill, Bertha Mattes, Isadore Goncheroff, John Hall, Mary French, Stephen Shuster, Jack Sooy and Wallace Brewer.

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