Northwest Corner of Park Boulevard & Baird Boulevard


Camden High School opened in Camden in 1918 on the corner of Park Boulevard and Baird Avenue on land that was part of Forest Hill Park, renamed Farnham Park in 1927. The rapid growth in population necessitated the building of the new school, which replaced the earlier Camden Manual Training and High School that was located at Haddon and Newton Avenues. This school had opened up less than twenty years before. Camden continued to grow throughout the 1920s and early 1930s. In June of 1933 overcrowding cause Camden to convert a Woodrow Wilson Junior High School into a full high school.

The school was designed by architects Arthur Truscott and Paul Armon Davis III. Arthur Truscott had previously designed the Broadway School at Broadway and Clinton Streets and the Security Trust Building at 301 Market Street, as well as several homes on Cooper street.

The First Camden High School
on Haddon Avenue - about 1913


Camden High School has a long and distinguished history. Many of its graduates went on to careers in public service in the city, to success in business, sports, and in the arts. As time goes by, I will be adding pictures, news articles, and other material about Camden High School.

If you have any material that you would like to see posted on this page, PLEASE contact me by e-mail.

Phil Cohen

The Class of 1919 was the first to graduate from Camden High School

1919 Purple & Gold Yearbook
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1923 Purple & Gold Yearbook
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1926 Purple & Gold Yearbook
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January 1928
Purple & Gold Yearbook
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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 - October 21, 1931
Hope to 'Root' Camden to Win Over 'Colls'

No, this is not an ad advising people to eat a certain kind of “hot dog." These fair damsels lead the Camden High rooting section In songs and yells, and they'll be out there on Robert Shields Memorial Field, Collingswood, on Saturday, when the "Purple Avalanche" stacks up against its old Blue and Gold rival, the "Colls," doing their act as never before. The girls are, left to right, Anna Proud, Audrey Lutch, Helen Keiser and Rhoda Reed. They were snapped at a recent game during intermission. 

Camden Courier-Post - October 21, 1931

Camden High Crushes Collingswood, 33 to 7
(Back in 1924)

By Otts Hulleberg

Camden High crushes Collingswood, 33 to 7!

Sounds Good, doesn't it, Purple and Gold fans? But wait a minute. That was "news" seven years ago, in 1924 to be exact, and for the last six years the shoe has been on the other foot.

Yes sir, believe it or not, the “Colls" have downed the "Purple Avalanche" for six straight seasons and suburban fans are just as confident that the present bunch of gridders under "Skeets" Irvine will run the string to seven in a row on next Saturday afternoon at Collingswood. Local fans, on the other hand, feel just as confident that 8,11 things must come to an end, and that this is a Camden High year.

Things were not always so. Camden and Collingswood have met on the field of battle 18 times, and the honors are all even. Each school can point to eight victories, while two games resulted in ties. Operations began back in 1911, but no games were played in 1919 or 1922, when the respective athletic directors were un­able to agree on a suitable date.

It seems so long ago since the ”Purple Avalanche” gained the upper hand on the "Colls," that we are resurrected that 1924 bat­tle. It may serve as inspiration for the present Camden High team, and on the other hand it may make the 1931 “Colls" just a little bit more determined to win Saturday.

Come what may, however, here goes:

Locals Were Undefeated

Camden entered the 1924 battle against the "Colls" with a record of six straight victories under its belt, still smarting from defeats at the hands of Collingswood in 1921 and 1923, no game having been played in 1922. The last previous Camden High victory had been chalked up by Don Cragin, Doug Crate, George Grenhart, et al, in 1920.

Before game time, it was announced by Coach Phil Brooks that Capt. Johnny Carson and Bruce “Parry" Wallace, star backs, were nursing injuries. Carson, however, started at quarterback with Grover "Worm" Wearshing (present coach) ; Tony Gricco and "Reds" White as his ball-toting partners, while the line had Carl Purnell and Sam Godfrey at the wings; Ed Ferren and "Chinny" Weber, tackles; “Plumber" Jackson and Max Cylinder, guards and Pat O'Brien, center.

The game resulted in one of the worst shellackings ever handed to a Collingswood team, Camden scoring 250 yards from scrimmage against 10 yards for the "Colls." whose backfield of Cliff Rubican, Herb Voight, Ken Brenner and Jack Moran was smothered completely. Camden scored 24 first downs against one for Collingswood, a forward pass on the last play of the game, Eddie Picken to "Toots" Shuster, giving the suburbanites their first down.

A case of "butter fingers" prevented Camden from scoring in the first half, despite the fact that the Brooksmen chalked up 12 first downs. However, the "Avalanche" rolled up five touchdowns in the last two per­iods on the same number of plays, Wearshing going over twice and Wallace, Gricco and “Cats" Winners each scoring one.

Wallace Goes Over

After losing chances galore to score in the first half, the Camden team began to click in the third period.

Taking Brenner's kickoff on his own 20-yard line, Wallace returned it 15 yards and the locals then paraded down the field for the initial touchdown, with Gricco, Wearshing and Winners ripping huge holes in Collingswood's forward wall. Wal­lace hit center for the score and Wearshing added the extra point with a dropkick.

Winners battered his way through tackle for the second score in the third period after an uninterrupted march of 50 yards, but Wearshing's dropkick was wide to make the score read 13 to 0.

Soon after the fourth quarter got under way, Wearshing climaxed another long march by skimming around right end for the six-pointer and "Worm"" kicked the extra point. A few minutes later, the locals marched from their own 32-yard line to the one-yard stripe of the "Colls," Grieco smashing his way over and Wearshing kicked his third extra point. Then the score mounted to 33-0 when Wearshing climaxed another march by weaving through center for 18 yards and a touchdown. "Worm" again booted the extra point.

Near the end of the game, with nearly the entire Camden second team in action, Galbraith blocked Malmsbury's punt, Shuster scooping up the ball and dashing 12 yards for a touchdown. "Chuck" Wise kicked the extra point to make the final score read 33-7.

All "Colls" Since Then

And as we said before, since that decisive victory, Collingswood has held a "jinx" over Camden grid elevens. It mattered not whether the locals had a good season or bad previous to the annual conflict, those "Colls'" just coasted to victory, despite the fact that in more than one instance the locals held their own in actual yardage gained.

So complete has been Collingswood's mastery in the last six years that the locals have been able to score exactly 14 points against 92 for “Skeets" Irvine's charges.

As to that 1924 season, Camden kept right on winning after that victory over Collingswood and the locals loomed a favorite to beat out Atlantic City for the South Jersey Class A diadem. It seemed that the entire City of Camden invaded the seashore for the fuss with Atlantic City which also was undefeated. What happen next has gone down in scholastic sports history as the biggest farce ever cooked up in South Jersey.

The Camden team, after a few min­utes of action, was withdrawn from the field because of "raw" decisions by officials, and when all the fluff and flurry had subsided, Atlantic City was awarded the game by a 1-0 forfeit score, and with it the cham­pionship. 

But that is another story. What we're interested in just now is whether or not the local "Purple Avalanche" can duplicate the feat of the 1924 team- or whether the present Collingswood team will rise to the same heights enjoyed by the Blue and Gold machines of the past six years.

Saturday will tell the story!

 Here's the box score of the 1924 game:

Camden High

Collingswood High

Purnell left end Shuster
Ferren left tackle Zeugner
Jackson left guard

(C) Morris

O’Brien center Webb
Cylinder right guard Wise
Weber right tackle Hood
Godfrey right end Magill
Carson (C) Quarterback Moran
Gricco left halfback Rubican
Wearshing right halfback Voight
White fullback Brenner

Score by periods:

Camden 0 0 13 20 33
Collingswood 0 0 0 7 7

Touchdowns- Wearshing 2, Wallace, Gricco, Winners, Shuster. Points after touchdowns, Wearshing 3, Wise 1 (placement)

Substitutions- Camden: Malmsbury for Wearshing, Lawrence for Jackson, Wallace for Carson, Winners for White, Wearshing for Malmsbury, Mozeleski for Gricco, Wisniewski for Weber, Gassel for Cylinder, Tommesetti for Purnell, White for Wallace, Smith for White, Egbert for Jackson.

Collingswood: Boggs for Wise, Pickens for Moran, Moran for Voight, Fortiner for Shuster, Wise for Boggs, Galbraith for Hood, Young for Webb.

Referees-Geiges, Swarthmore. Umpire- Tatnall, Haverford. Head linesman- Weller, Temple.

Camden Courier-Post - October 26, 1931

Collingswood Hi Rules Class A Grid Race
 as Camden Rally Falls Point Short of Tying Score
Deflected Place Kick Ruins Great Comeback
Scenes as 'Colls' Nosed Out Camden High by Point

The Camden High-Collingswood game on Saturday on the suburban field was jammed with color and action. At the top is a view of the roaring Camden rooting section in the. north stand, while directly below, left, Hubert Reynolds, wearing a nose guard, is about to bring. down Furman Sherlock, Collingswood back. Pearl Stepp, one of Camden's fall rooters, is on the right, wearing a purple and gold hat, tassel and all. 
At left, Captain Jack Earle, of Collingswood, and Jimmy Ross, Camden leader, are snapped shaking hands a split second before the start of hostilities, with the officials looking on. Collingswood won, 14, to 13, after one of the greatest grid battles ever waged in South Jersey.

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Camden Courier-Post
June 1, 1932


Camden High School
Woodrow Wilson Junior High School
Leon N. Neulen - A. Gabriel Ungerleider
Cooper B. Hatch Junior High School
Elizabeth K. WIlliams
Harriet M. Reiners
Josephine H. Lewallen


Miriam F. Haines - Liberty School - Helen Ship - Fetters School
Olive W.McClure -
H.H. Davis School - Sarah B. Grand - Yorkship School
Mary A. Becker -
Cassady School - Elsie Schweitzer
Elizabeth O. Evans - Stephen A. Harding - Eleanor R. Kirkland
Ruth E. Callahan - B. Elizabeth Brown - John H. Reiners Jr.
Marjorie Van Horn - James G. Heard - Paul A. Shaffer - Ludmillie Thomas
Leon F. Marftin - Essie B. Morris - Hlen Yoork - Charlotte A.B. Flack
Harriet J. Tobin - Paul E. Tweed - Edith D. Carson - Phoebe E. Carpenter
E. Woodward Wltz - Perle Titus - Mildred E. Wenz 

Camden Courier-Post - June 2, 1932
Dr. Mabel Grier Lesher

Camden Courier-Post - June 10, 1932

Hostesses Named for Alumni June Day at City High School
Miss Annette Blaxland Heads Reception Committee for Affair on June 25; Dinner; Play and Dancing on Program; Frank Stevenson to Preside

Younger graduates of Camden High School have been named to the hostess committee for this year's hostess committee for this year's June Day to be held at the school, Park Boulevard and Baird Avenue, on Saturday, June 25. 

June Day is planned by the Associate Alumni of the school as welcome to the June graduating class. The program. includes a reception and business meeting to be conducted by Frank Stevenson, president of the alumni, a play and later dancing in the gymnasium. 

Dinner, which in former years has been served members of the alumni in the gymnasium of the school, will be held this year at the Hotel Walt Whitman. The "five year" classes are planning special dinner parties as in former years. 

"Kalana, Island of Destiny," a musical comedy written by Robert M. Haley, is to be presented by an all-alumni cast under his direction. Mr. Haley is assistant musical director of the high school and a member of the Alumni. 

In the cast will be Miss Dorothy Rodgers, Miss Constance Fish, Miss Dorothy Kritchmer, Miss Dorothy Kellar, Robert Gelston, Lewis Shearer, Russell Eisenhardt, Samuel McDermott, Harold Boogar, Walter Kruck and Thomas S. Weeks. 

Edward O'Brien of Parkside is in charge of the dinner arrangements, and Miss Annette Blaxland is chair'man of the hostess committee. 

Hostesses will be Miss Margaret J. Rubino, Miss Ethel W. Dellmuth, Miss, Ruth C. Powell, Miss Eleanor W. McLean, Miss Gladys Britt, Miss Eleanor B. Turner, Miss Ruth Keller, Miss Ruth Hickey, Miss Nellie G. Lucas, Miss Emily E. Dreher, Miss Jane N. Huhn, Miss Dorothy R. Pancoast, Miss Dorothy G. Hendrickson, Miss Marie Batten; Miss Louise J. Croneberger, Miss Ruth A. Myers, Miss Althea Saumenig, Miss Laura Pernier, Miss Evelyn L. Schwolow, Miss Dorothy M. Sexton, Miss Frances Warren, Miss Dorothy Heritage, Miss Dorothea M. Marlor; Miss Anna Smaldore, Miss Eleanor Malandra, Miss Dorothy M. McLaughlen, Miss Maud Crane, Miss Frances Lankford, Miss Evelyn Riddaugh, Miss Betty Hanna and Miss Mary G. Evens. .

Camden Courier-Post - June 8, 1933


Ralph H. Suydam, graduate of Camden High school where he won fame as a football, basketball and track team member, received a degree of bachelor of science Monday at Albright College; Reading, Pa.

Suydam, who lives at 3803 Union Avenue, Pennsauken, township, received state recognition as tackle on the Albright football team, playing three years. He also starred in basketball and track at Albright. He was a member of the Kappa Upsilon Phi Fraternity and Varsity "A" Club; After being graduated from Camden High school he attended Perkiomen Prep school where he also starred.

Camden Courier-Post - June 8, 1933


Three Camden residents, including two school teachers, were among the 4.000 students graduated from New York University yesterday at the 101st commencement exercises at Ohio Field, University Heights, New York.

The Camden students are Miss May Marchant, 422 Linden Street, teacher at Woodrow Wilson Junior High School, Bachelor of Science degree in School of Education, Bella Polivnick, 1449 Ormond Avenue, teacher in Camden High School, Bachelor of Science degree in School of Education, and Charles E. Hutchinson, 1353 Park Boulevard, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, School of Engineering.

Camden Courier-Post - June 9, 1933

New System Gives Choice of Academic or Commercial and Arts Courses 
Hours Reduced; Study Programs Rebuilt; Omit Spanish; Music Optional


Reorganization of Camden junior and senior high schools has been effected with the approval of the local and state boards of education.

By establishing the Camden Academic High School and Camden Commercial and Practical Arts High School the school population of the present Camden High School will be reduced 50 percent when the September terms begin, according to Dr. Leon N. Neulen, superintendent of schools. 

It also will reduce the student roster of all junior high schools even with the promotions of this month added. 

Saves $500,000 

"This plan will give Camden room for expansion for years to come in high school education and preclude the necessity of building the $500,000 annex to the senior high school, plans for which have been drawn at the cost of thousands of dollars," Dr. Neulen declares. 

"It will eliminate a number of studies and give the students more education in the more essential subjects. The hours of instruction will be reduced from 30 hours per week to 23. The state law's minimum is 19 hours."

Dr. Neulen points out that 2400 students are now registered in Camden High School and promotions from junior school this month would have added 700 more. Under the new plan 1500 will attend the Academic High School and 1300 the Commercial school. 

The balance will be redistributed back into the junior and seventh grade grammar schools. 

Wilson High Commercial 

The new plan will cause a general redistribution of pupils in East Camden because the Woodrow Wilson Junior High School will become the Commercial high. The present junior high pupils will be sent back to Cramer school, from which they originally were transferred. Students in the Garfield and Dudley Schools will take their seventh grade in those institutions instead of junior high. 

Camden Junior High School No. 1, which now hall 849 pupils, will have 730 next term, Hatch Junior High School has 1106 pupils now and will have 1127 next term. Woodrow Wilson Junior High School now has 970 pupils and will have 643 at the Cramer school

Four Courses at Academic High 

Dr. Neulen explained that the new Academic High School will teach four courses: College preparatory, college technical, normal preparatory and general. Students will be given four-year courses, in the first three mentioned courses and three years in the latter. Camden High is now a three-year school. 

That will mean the ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth grades will be taught in the college preparatory, college technical and normal preparatory and the tenth, eleventh and twelfth in the general course. 

The Commercial and Practical Arts High School will teach commercial and practical arts courses in three-year courses in the tenth, eleventh and twelfth. 

Practical arts will be taught exclusively to boys in the school because only 27 girls elected to take that course this year and they will be transferred to Academic in the Fall, Dr. Neulen explained. 

Four Years Latin; No Spanish 

The new plan provides for the teaching of general foreign languages but eliminates Spanish because of so few taking the subject. Latin will be taught four years, French three and German two. 

A general business course is included in the plan known as introductory business to be taught at the Commercial High. Students will start this course in the last junior high year. 
The practical arts course to be taught at Commercial will enable a student to continue manual training and shop begun in the junior years. The student may elect from automobile mechanics and electrical, print shop or woodworking. 

Art and Music Optional 

Art and music no longer will be compulsory under the new plan. Students in Academic will be taught music and art appreciation during the first two years and may discontinue those studies in their last two years. 

A complete business course has been mapped out for Commercial. 

The students are given elementary business practice in their ninth year. During their first year at Commercial High bookkeeping, typewriting and shorthand is added.

During the third and fourth year they will elect from three sequences to fit them for secretarial positions and general business. Sequence A provides for the continuation of shorthand and typewriting in the third year and office practice is added in the fourth. Sequence B in the third year teaches bookkeeping, business organization and marketing. Common law, bookkeeping and practice is added in the fourth year. Sequence C provides business organization, marketing, exchange and selling. Commercial art and advertising is included in the fourth year. 

As students advance through the Commercial course they may be transferred from one sequence to another. This will be guided by their adaptability or whether they desire to follow a secretarial or business career.

If students elect Sequence A they may have the option of bookkeeping or world history in the third year. Business organization may be taken instead of American history in the fourth year.

Camden Courier-Post - June 15, 1933
Camden High Honor Students

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. Smiechowski, 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, Willetta 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 22, 1933

264 Students Will Receive Diplomas at Exercises Today  

The program for the Camden High School commencement at which 264 students will graduate at 11 a.m. today was announced yesterday by Thomas W. Trembath, vice principal of the school.

Judge Harold B. Wells, of Bordentown, will deliver the address to the graduates. 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 was chosen to represent the boys and will deliver an essay entitled "Capital Punishment and Modern Civilization." Representing the girls will be Clara E. Marie Krause, whose essay will be "Music and Moods." Other honor students are Esther E. Hill, Caroline Emhof and Evelyn Harriet Ratcliffe. Samuel E. Fulton, president of the Board of Education, will preside, and the class will be presented to Mr. Fulton for award of diplomas by Miss Clara S. 

Burrough, principal, who retires this month after 33 years as head of the high school and 44 years in the Camden school system. 

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

The commencement will be the Thirty-fourth and last annual commencement as the High School in September will become the Camden Academic High School under a re-organization plan that will make Woodrow Wilson Junior High School the Camden Commercial High School.

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

Mitchell Mozeleski Is Assigned to Coaching 
Wearshing Shifted to Woodrow Wilson Hi; Lobley and O'Brien to Teach 


The appointments to the city's educational staff announced by Samuel E. Fulton, president of the board of education, revealed last night that three former Camden High athletes are among the new appointees. 

The trio are Mitchell Mozelski, Edward Lobley and Edward "Pat" O'Brien. In addition to the appointment of the above, shifts in the physical education department for Camden's two senior high schools were also announced. 
Mozeleski, Lobley and O'Brien were stars of the first water while attending the local institution and also sparkled in college athletics. Mozeleski has been assigned to the physical education department at the
Camden Academic High School at Farnham Park and will assist Phillip R. Brooks. 

Brooks and Mozeleski will coach the various sports at the academic institution, with the latter more than likely taking over football and track and the former basketball and baseball. Brooks, however, will be in charge of the physical department. 

Mozeleski comes back to his alma mater after having had wide success in college sports and in coaching. "Mitch" attended William and Mary College and captained the football and basketball teams in his senior year, while also earning a letter in track. Following graduation from the Virginia college, Mozeleski coached at a Virginia military academy. 

Wearshing at Woodrow Wilson 

Mozeleski is well versed in football and is expected to turn out a formidable team this year at the academic institution. Still, he will have to find plenty of new material, as a number of the present gridders have transferred to the Woodrow Wilson Commercial High School, located at 32nd and Federal Streets. 

Grover "Worm" Wearshing, who assisted in the physical ed department at the local school during the past three years, and tutored the football and baseball teams, will take charge of that department and athletic teams at the Woodrow Wilson High School

As yet no assistant has been named for Wearshing, but within the next few weeks an announcement will be made by the board of education. 

Frank Sias, who was on the physical ed staff at the local high school and coached track, has been appointed as physical instructor at Cramer Junior High School and will be assisted by Mary Ladewig, another former Camden High grad, who has starred on the cinders for Temple University and Meadowbrook, holding a number of Middle Atlantic A. A. U. records. 

Lobley and O'Brien have been appointed as teachers in grammar schools. The former wlll teach at Fetters School, while the latter will tutor at Stevens School
Lobley and O'Brien Stars 

Lobley, who was a three-letterman at Camden High, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and was on the varsity basketball team for three successive years, captaining the five in his senior year when the Red and Blue won the Eastern Intercollegiate championship. 

O'Brien, who was a star center at Camden High on the eleven, is a graduate of St. Joseph's College, and performed for three years at that position for the Philadelphia institution. While both have been assigned as teachers, it is likely that they will build up a foundation of grammar school athletics, teaching the youngsters the fundamentals of various sports. 

Fulton also announced last night that in dividing the present enrollment at Camden High into two separate institutions, that both will have the required number of male students to enter the Group 4 division in athletics. 

Schedules are already being drawn up for football for teams at both the academic and commercial arts schools. Fulton also stated that in all likelihood the elevens of both schools will meet on Thanksgiving Day to decide the supremacy of the city public school football title. However, this cannot be decided upon definitely until the alumni agrees to abandon their regular Thanksgiving Day game with the senior high team. .

Teachers Assigned to Camden High
June 23, 1933

Assignments to Academic High School

English- Alice M. Reeve, Lillian A. Scott, Helen M. Bender, Alexander M. Oaks, Brenda L. Littlejohn, Margaret T. Reynolds, Helen C. Bartelt, Ethel G. Lord, Evelyn M. Trine, Lelia D. Wiggins.

Language, Modern and Foreign -Walter N. Myers, Ida S. Wettinger, Helen C. Osler, Minnie G. Eckels, William Droizlor, Katherine F. Tignal, S. Clifford Murray, Flora G. Detwiler, Gladys E. Williams. 

Special Subjects- Charles I,. Maurer, Jesse L. Stayer, Edwin G. Smith. Alice B. Westcott, Thelma L. Snape, Jennie C. Kittle.

Science Department, Chemistry, Physics and Biology- Ralph H. White, B. Everett Lord, John G. Daneher, William H. Seip, Leslie A. Read, Grace M. Gorman, Jacob O. Charles, Margaret W. Aherne, E. Wallis McKendree.

Mathematics- William M. Thayer, Mabel E. Lewis, Viola M. Blaisdell, Anne Creveling, Marion Lukens, Harry J. Balls, Philip A. Randle, William W. Duthie. 

Music- Robert M. Haley

Art- Flora A. Brugger. 

Mechanical Drawing- Stuart MacIntosh. 

Shop- Elmer Conover. 

Physical Education and Health- Phillips R. Brooks, Mitchell Mozeleski, Margaret L. Pettigrew, Marjorie Van Horn.

Miss Clara S. Burrough

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."           ,

Hoped to 'Attend' by Radio

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."

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 24, 1933

Scholastic and Athletic Presentations for 1932-33 Session Are Made

Honor and athletic awards for the second half year of the 1932-33 school session were awarded in assembly yesterday to seniors, juniors and, sophomores of the Camden High School.

Thomas W. Trembath, acting principal in the absence of Miss Clara S. Burrough, presented the awards.

Esther Hill, who Thursday at commencement exercises was awarded the alumni scholarship as the first honor student, added to her laurels yesterday when she was presented with the Jennings Hood award, a bronze plaque, for outstanding work in the commercial department.

In addition, with Charlotte Tomlinson and Mildred Smith, she was awarded the gold pin, highest award for excellence in all-round athletics.

'White certificates were awarded to first year recipients; purple certificates for two years and gold for three.

Honor certificates: Esther Hill, Evelyn Ratcliffe, scholarship and attendance; Clara Krause, Robert Bishop, Caroline Emhof, scholarship; Elwood Hare, Lillian Himmelein, Betty Taylor, Martha Chapman, Harry Teat, attendance.

Gold merit certificate: Leland Rose, student activities.

Purple merit certificate: Irving Zeibman, Hazel Hemingway, Florence Dean, scholarship.

White, merit certificate, senior and junior: Omar Barth, Virginia Simensen, Mary Galloppi, Ann Schaeffer, Constance DiGiuseppe, Sophie Lozek, scholarship.

White merit certificates, sophomore: Martin Ravitch, Ruth Adams, Alice Austermuhl, Sylvia Katz, Lea Blacker, Myrtle Selby, Ray Weiner.

Baseball certificate and letter: Felix Meschini, Walter Nowak, Emilio Iannetta, purple; Wharton Seward, Angelo Borghero, Samuel Cohen, Frank Logandro, Bernard Fisher, William Denof, Eugene Hartline, William McLaughlin, Samuel McDermott, Joseph Matera, Samuel Cobb, white.

Track certificates and letter: Stephen Schuster, Irving Johnson, purple; Charles Myers, William McLaughlin, Anthony Tumminia. Harry Lorusso, Joseph Sandone; Albert Solloff, Arthur Colsey, James Vuividos, Benjamin Jones, white.

Tennis letter and white certificates.

Herman Weiner, Leonard Hoffman, George Foster, Edward Schumann, Robert Galanter, George Horwitz, Herbert Stollman.

Gold pin award for greatest number of points earned in athletics during entire matriculation: Esther Hill, Charlotte Tomlinson, Mildred Smith.

Silver pins: Bertha Mattes, Irene Peard, Dorothy Osmand, Beatrice Heart.

A.A. monograms: Elizabeth Bobo, Anna Mae Fields, Beatrice Heart, Theresa Mazza, Irene Peard, Mildred Smith, Charlotte Tomlinson, Christine Wilson, Carolyn Garrison, Frances Bonamassa, Mildred Eggart, Florence Howell, Esther Hill, Dorothy Osmond, Dorothy Lynn, Hazel Daisey, Cathryn Seybold, Frances Winokur, Alice Patryk, Caroline Emhof, Verna Otten, Mae Anderson, Dorothy Knowles, Florence Bryen, Ida Marini, Janet Spangler, Rose Mascariello, Eleanor Smith, Almira Vaughn, Beatrice Barish, Florence Szymankiewicz, Edith Predmore, Iola Amos, Miriam Mangeny, Kathryn Schoply, Eve Collins, Dorothy Fest, Ray Winokur;

Red Cross awards: Iola Amos, Beatrice Barish, Violet Barron, Florence Beatty, Irene Campbell, Florence Dean, Louise Deuter, Constance Di Giuseppe, Violet Duszynski, Frances Farnsworth, Doris Fox, Carolyn Garrison, Vivian Heard, Hazel Hemingway, Viola Lalli, Mildred Lentz, Sophie Lozek, Mary Martin, Bertha Mayhew, Mamie Silverman, Mary Stafford, Helen Tyler.

Health club awards: Esther Hill, Caroline Emhof, Evelyn Ratcliffe, Helen Donaghy, Catherine Ruggiero, Bertha Clayton, Lillian Himmelein, Sabina Stypa, Rosolia Cioffi, Elizabeth Taylor, Verna Otten, Theresa Mazza, Ruth Burgess, Florence Molotsky, Almira Schofield, Margaret Klenzing.

"Treble Clef" awards, orchestra:

Charles Hall, Bernard Tool, Jack Lukoff, John Asay, Edward Junikka, Daniel Glass, James Hoffner, Clover Winter, Bernard Rosen, Isadore Dvinsky, Robert Bishop, Frederick Domm, Elizabeth Deibert, Alfred Bisti, Rose Halicks, Leonard Zondler, Walter McClelland; Auditorium Force, Marion Roberts, Willetta Warner, Annabelle Murphy, Margaret Klenzing, Verna Otten, Rose Bardock; Lantern Operator, Donald Schwollow, Lindley Sullivan.

Cheer leading emblem: William Moll, Charles Long, Preston Brown, James Fiume, Michael Fiume, Rhoda Reed, Ella Lane, Florence Clifford and Ethel Kingsland.

Drop kicking award: Fred Leap.

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.

Camden Courier-Post - August 1, 1933

New Athletic Grounds Are Grass-Covered and Completely Drained 

An athletic field for Camden High School on par with the finest in the state is the object of members of the Board of Education.

This was revealed yesterday by Walter T. Gross. Superintendent of Buildings, who has been directing work on the project since March 6.

Faced with considerable expense in improving the old athletic field, negotiations were made with the Emergency Relief Board last Spring to secure labor from that source, and most of the work on the new field was done by unemployed men.

The new field, which will be in readiness for the forthcoming football season, will have a complete draining system and will consist of a football field encirced by a quarter-mile track.

The football field has been changed from its former location on the easterly side to the southerly side of the field and already is covered by a heavy growth of grass, which was not possible on the old layout.

Almost all the original plans have been carried out thus far, and only a few units of the proposition are still to be developed to make the field one of the best in the state.

Among those responsible for the new field are: Samuel E. Fulton, president of the board; William Wythe, treasurer of the athletic association, and Phillip Brooks, athletic director of the Camden Academic High School.

The field will be used by teams of both the Woodrow Wilson Commercial and Camden Academic high schools this Fall.

Camden Courier-Post - February 8, 1936

Members of Health Class Urge Areas to Cut Down Juvenile Delinquency


Camden High School senior girls in 12th year health classes recommend play streets, especially in South Camden, as a preventive measure for juvenile delinquency.

Death by automobile, vandalism and petty crime, they think, all spring from the same root- lack of safe places for supervised play.

This is a direct outcome of discussions in Miss Marjorie Van Horn's health classes, and of a campaign whittled to make Camden residents "reform school disgrace" conscious.

In their study of child welfare, they have been impressed above the eyebrows by the effects poor housing, crowded conditions and lack of recreation have on health, and how all these tie together to mould the typical reform school occupant.

Discussions during class period weren't getting them anywhere, however. Up spoke Frances Allebach impatiently: "We talk and talk, but why don't we DO something." She was promptly voted chairman, and Margaret Baker, secretary, of an embryo campaign.

But that was only the beginning.

It developed into a speech-making, propaganda-distributing, doorbell­pushing and petition-signing campaign, and it's showing results.

A group went to Director of Public Safety Mary W. Kobus and asked her to authorize the roping off of little-traveled streets. Reconnoitering on auto trips, armed with city maps and pencils, showed them suitable locations for play streets. Mrs. Kobus promised them her hearty support, but reminded them the signatures of all residents on those thoroughfares were necessary to rope them off as playground substitutes.

Plan for Summer

They set forth in pairs to acquire those signatures, and obtained a high percentage, according to Miss Van Horn. Their present work is to complete the petitions, when they will again visit Mrs. Kobus. Since most school playgrounds will be closed, the play streets will be needed most in Summer time, and the seniors started their campaign early enough for it to be climaxed by then.

Indirectly, the need for more play opportunities has seeped out into county municipalities, Miss Van Horn reports, through Camden's service clubs. Two seniors approached these clubs, various Parent Teacher associations and several churches, for their cooperation. Since numerous service club members do not reside in Camden, they carried ideas from the girls' speeches out into the county, where they may take new growth.

Girls active in the campaign as speakers were Olive Patterson, Madeline Danner, Lois Davis, Dorothy Schoellkopf, Henrietta McCausland, Miss Allebach, Margaret Baker, Rose Shectman, Helen Brown, Mary Burke and Ruth Austermuhl.  

So, that more or less theoretical, social service work which might be about as interesting as cold oatmeal, put these seniors all in a lather. However, graduation took some of them away from their pet project. To counteract this, the health de­partment kept in reserve a volunteer group of 22 low senior girls to carry on their predecessors' work. These girls became graduating seniors this week.

Campaign In February

Their definite work during February is to sound out all P. T. A. or­ganizations, set their case before them, and encourage the members to sign petitions. Miss Van Horn's plans make the campaign broaden during the next four months like compound interest- so that every city organization of any influence at all will be reached.

In their speeches to the various organizations, the girls emphasize that the largest one-age group of boys and girls in prisons is 19, and the second largest group, 18. More than half of all automobiles stolen, they have found, can be attributed to boys under 15.

Supervised recreation grounds in each crowded district, to keep idle youngsters out of mischief when not in school are the prime solutions to the increasing delinquency problem, the speeches assert.

Bertha Faber is chairman of a committee arranging dates for speeches and publicity. Posters have also been created and placed in approximately 30 Camden stores.

Camden Courier-Post - February 1, 1938

Appoints 2 Instructors and Pensions 2 Others; Wilson Enrollment High

The Camden Board Education last night approved transfers of 14 teachers, the appointment of two new instructors and the retirement on pension of two others.

The board then adjourned until 11.45 a. m. today and it was announced the 1938-39 board will be organized at noon when Commissioner Mary W. Kobus is expected to be re-elected president.

When the report of the teachers committee making recommendations for appointments, transfers and retirements was read it was approved by unanimous vote and without comment.

Following the meeting Carlton W. Rowand explained that most of the transfers were made to meet emergencies in teaching classes at Woodrow Wilson High School, where more than 1500 students will be enrolled for the second semester, be ginning today.

Rowand explained that enrollment at the Wilson school is the highest in its history, due to many students taking up English and commercial courses instead of entering Camden senior high school, which will have an enrollment of approximately 1540 students, the smallest in several years.

List of Transfers

Transfers affecting teachers in junior high schools are: Louis E. Feinstein from Hatch Junior High School to commercial business organization, Wilson High School; Frank E. Sias, from Cramer Junior High to physical education, Wilson High; Jessie W. McMurtrie from Cramer Junior High School, to physical education, Wilson High; Wilton D. Greenway, from Cramer Junior High School to mathematics, Camden High; Elizabeth Dickinson, from Bonsall; to English, Cramer Junior High; Mrs. Mildred C. Simmons, from English to mathematics, Cramer Junior High; Miss Celia Boudov, from Hatch Junior High to departmental geography, science, and penmanship, Liberty School; Mrs. Elizabeth R. Myers assigned to English, Hatch Junior High;

Thelma L. Little transferred from, Grade 5 to Cooperative Departmental; Dudley school.

The following elementary school transfers, also effective today, are:

Beatrice W. Beideman from Starr to Sharp school; Mrs. Esther S. Finberg from Cramer to Broadway school; Dorothy M. Lippincott from Parkside to Dudley school; Mrs. Alva T. Corson from Washington to Broadway school, and Mary G. Cathell from Washington to Dudley school.

Teachers whose retirement was approved are Carolina W. Taylor, Grade 2, Broadway school, and William M. Thayer, mathematics [Camden] senior high school. Both teachers had resigned and applied for their pensions, the report read.

Appointments Made

Nathan Enten was appointed as physical education teacher in the Cramer school and Harry S. Manashil was appointed commercial teacher in Hatch school. Each will receive $1400, annually. The board also approved the appointment of Florence M. Dickinson as principal of Lincoln school at a salary of $2200 annually.

The assignment of Miss Grace Hankins as principal of Parkside school to succeed Miss Dickinson also was approved. Ethel Thegen was approved for appointment as assistant librarian at the Camden senior high school at a salary of $5.50 a day. All appointments are effective today.

To relieve overcrowded conditions among pupils the board approved the transfer of 7A and 7B classes from the Washington to the Cramer school.

The board vote to open a library in the Cramer school and Raymond G. Price, supervisor of building was instructed to provide, the necessary equipment.

A resolution of condolence upon the death of Ethel C. Wenderoth, for 19 years a teacher in the Broadway School was passed and secretary Albert Austermuhl was instructed to send a copy to members of the deceased teacher's family.

2 New Faces on Board

The board received and filed a letter from Mayor George E. Brunner in which he stated he had appointed Mrs. George W. Tash, Samuel T. French Jr. as new members and had re-appointed Robert Burk Johnson as a board member.

William B. Sullender, of the Tenth Ward, who was not re-appointed, was commended by the members for his services. E. George Aaron said he regretted the fact that Sullender was leaving as a member and wished him success. Others joined in this tribute.

Sullender in reply thanked the members for their co-operation during his term of office.

Camden Courier-Post - February 5, 1938

Honor, Merit, Scholarship Awards Made at Assembly
by Principal Hopkins

  Honor, merit and scholarship certificates have been awarded students at Camden High School by Carleton Hopkins, principal of the school.

Presentations took place during the school assembly on Monday. Certificates were also awarded orchestra and band members. Pins were presented to members of the Girls' Athletic Association who had accrued necessary points. Camden High monograms were awarded to six girls of the association.

Honor certificates were presented to the following: Philip Levin, scholarship and student activity; Arthur Dorfman, scholarship; June Meunier, scholarship; Sara Cutler, scholarship; George Koehler, scholarship and student activity; Angelina Spina, scholarship; Carl Weyland, scholarship and student activity; Jacob Katzen, scholarship and student activity; Sydney Bush, Marie Richardson, student activity;

Betty Alden, student activity, art: Clara Paglione, student activity; James Wynn, student activity: Reuben Block, student activity, publications; Harriet Rupertus, student activity; Charles Ross, student activity; Walter Sobolewski, punctuality and attendance.

Merit certificates were awarded to Jack Gantz, student activity; Mary Mori, Student activity; Betty Wittig, student activity; Mildred Bailey, John Visceglia, student activity; Laura Mutzer, student activity, art; Richard Barry, student activity; William Smith, student activity; Doris Krattenmaker, punctuality; David Babnew, attendance; Anthony Perrotti, attendance.

Scholarship certificates were given to June Abbot, Sylvia Cohen, Thelma Donohoe, Margaret Giannini, Betty Server, Joseph Armstrong, Wayne Howard, Nathan Shectman, Caroline Giordano, Bertram Ruttenberg, Frank Cecich, Clara Rubin, Laura Blank, Clara Cecich, Natalie Covert, Miriam Galloppi, Bernice Relkin, Ruth Steinberg, John Barnard, Robert Darlington, William Mandel, Eugene Schultz.

Orchestra members who received awards were: White certificates, Robert Lowden, Grayson Lutz, Edna King, Robert Darlington. Boone Clyborne. Howard Barrar, Robert Batten. Jack Abbott; red certificates, Joseph Zampino, Clara Rubin; purple certificates, Arnold Safran; gold certificates, Carl Weyland, James Riviello, George Pukas.

Band members were: Red certificate, Lynn Hewitt; gold certificate, Robert Lowden.

Awards made to members of the Girls' Athletic Association included: Gold pin (60 points) Lillian Talbot; silver pin (50 points). Harriet Rupertus: big C's (50 points), Patricia Barnet, Naomi Fritz, Dorothy Gehret, Marie Leitch, Dorothy Marthinson, Doris Stepler, Filomenia Zampino; C. H. S. monogram (25 points) Anna Hoffman, Grace Lamon, June Link, Virginia Raeuber, Betty Thomas, Gladys Cohen.

Camden Courier-Post - February 14, 1938


  The Fathers' Association of Camden High School will hold an annual 
card party and dance at 8:15 p. m. Friday in the high school.

Proceeds, according to S. J. Prevary, president, will be used to augment a 
student loan fund to aid students to continue their high school and advanced education.

Dancing will take place in the gymnasium beginning at 9 p. m., with music furnished by John Strang and his orchestra.

N. Parker Johnson is general chairman, assisted by S. Macintosh, W. Van Stan, C. Landenberger, Charles Gulik, Emmett Ross and A. V. Hammond.

Camden Courier-Post - February 18, 1938

Newly - Elected Governing Group Hold Session With Homeroom Council

Camden High Rulers

Miss Jones is Vice president and Biles is president, of the student governing body at Camden High School which held the first meeting of the, new semester yesterday. Both school executives took office on January 31

  Newly elected student government officers at Camden High School held their first meeting yesterday. 

The officers were formally installed during special exercises on January 31. William Biles, vice president during the past semester, automatically became president. He was succeeded to office, by Carlies McIntyre, 12B, newly elected vice president. Biles is a 12A student. 

The presidency is the only office which has automatic succession. The first vice president is elected by the 12B class; the second vice president by the 12A class; the secretary by the 11A class, and the recorder by the 11B class. 

Betty Jones is second vice president, Norman Osborn is secretary and Elaine Murphy is recorder. Miss Alice Wescott is faculty adviser and William Driezler is faculty adviser to the traffic guides who patrol the corridors after each class period. 

Meeting with the student officers was a council composed of one representative from each homeroom in the school. This committee links activities of all the homerooms in the school. 

A formal reception was held recently for the "rookie" class by members of the Girls' Association. 

Guests were received by Catherine Seeney, president of the association, assisted by Doris Slepter, vice president, and Catherine Zampino, baseball manager. Margaret Graninni. chairman of the committee, was assisted by Mrs. Margaret Lawson, physical training instructor, Miss Sylvia Barbetti, Caroline Pfeffer, Beverly Tartar and Clara Athletic Cecich. The gymnasium was decorated for the affair; Games, races and dancing were on the program. Margaret Graninni sang an Italian number. Jeanette Gottlieb impersonated an opera singer, and Jackie Davis tap danced. Miss Marjorie Van Horn was presented with a gold pin in recognition of nine years service as physical training instructor in the school. 

Camden Courier-Post * February 25, 1938

Woodrow Wilson High School - Camden Catholic High School
Camden High School - Bob Olesiewicz - Ray Dixon - Dave Lewin
Ray Patton - Bob Boyd - Fred Ackerman - Arthur Blaker

1942 Purple & Gold Yearbook
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Camden High Purple & Gold Yearbook - 1943
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1ST ROW: Honey, Czyzewicz, Mussa, Templeton, Wenof, Carter.

2ND ROW: Al Bass, coach, Budesa, Kauffman Olesiewicz, Nay, Wing, Orzechowski, manager.

Junior Varsity

1ST ROW: Wirshack, manager, Jabalawski, Kauffman, Budesa, Poore, Brooks.

2ND ROW: Morrison, manager, Barbato, Migliaccio, Katsoff, Davis, Hayes, Slingluff, manager.


The story of the 1942-1943 basketball season at Camden High is the story of a development­ a development from the promising, but inexperienced, group of boys reporting for practice last November to the city champs of March.

Of the bays practicing at the start of the season, none had ever been a varsity starter, and Pete Mussa was the only lad who had ever played any varsity games at all. Starting off slowly, always feeling for a starting combination that would click, our team played some very good and some very poor basketball.

Then, about mid-season, things began to happen. The J. V.'s graduated Carter, Olesiewicz, Budessa and Kauffman to the varsity; Les Honey came back; and Camden went an to finish the season in great style. Two of our most outstanding victories were scored over the 1943 State finalists, Trenton and Asbury Park. Trenton went down by the score of 40-39, when Pete Mussa chalked up 19 points. Asbury Park fell by the convincing score of 35-29. Asbury has won the State Championship for the past three years.

Playing heads-up ball, the Camden courtmen staved off the strongest bid Catholic has ever made for the city crown. After dropping a game to Catholic, Camden toppled the confident Irish five in the second game of the city series. The resulting tie had to be broken in a playoff game. Both clubs were at a fever pitch for this game, and the last quarter found the score very close, Camden having relinquished an early lead. With three minutes left in the contest, the Catholic sharpshooter, Adams, swished a sensational basket that put the green and white out in front by one big point. At this point they started to freeze the ball. This strategy proved alarmingly successful. The minutes ticked away with the Irish cherishing their one-point lead. Suddenly, Syd Wenof batted the ball from the hands of Catholic's astonished Captain Scott and, leaving the green team far behind, he dribbled the length of the court and ladled in the winning double-decker. It was the closest game ever played in the city series and left rooters, both Catholic and Camden, limp but happy.

The victorious Purple and Gold basketeers went on to win from Collingswood and Wilson, only to lose to Trenton in the State Tournament. Coach Bass's dribblers had previously been eliminated from the County Tournament by the revengeful Collingswood team.

"Chick" Czyzewicz has been the big point-maker; Captain Mussa has played brilliant ball, as was shown by his 19-point splurge at Trenton; Bert Templeton's last-period arrival has meant the difference between 'victory and defeat; Syd Wenof's star defensive work has been topped off with points in the clutch; Honey's backboard play has been outstanding; high-jumping Sylvester Wing and smooth-passing Paul Nay added much to the team's victories; and the very good ball played by Carter and "Ossie" this year give promise of a great team next year.

As usual, our J. V.'s enjoyed an extremely successful season, under Coach Alfano. All credit goes to city champs "Winks" Kauffman, Charley Brooks, Sam Budessa, Walt Poore, Danny Davis, Charley Butler, Tony Migliaccio, Harold Katsoff, Joe Barbato, Grey Hayes.

Camden High Purple & Gold Yearbook - 1943
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Camden Courier-Post
September 1945

Camden Courier-Post - 1945
End Sweep Nets 10 Yards for Camden

Bill Gimello makes a first down early in the first quarter of a game against Woodrow Wilson High at Farnham Park, Camden

CAMDEN HIGH SCHOOL A.A. Council - 1946

Here's a picture of my mother, Angelina Coccia, (wearing the C letter) while she attended Camden High School.  She graduated 1946 so I believe the picture was taken that year.  The back of the picture says A.A. Council Camden High.  I have no idea who the other girls are in the picture

Rochelle Gramenzi Popivchak
September 2006

I can identify one lovely lady in that picture.  The girl who is 4th from the left is my mother, Edith Mapp Brimm.  She was Edith Mapp back then in High School.

Linda Brimm
September 2007

If you can identify anyone in this picture, please e-mail Phil Cohen


May 19, 1964

Dr. Chester B. Koppenhaver
William Palese

Bruce Baratz
Jerome Blake
Bob Boyd
Rick Cecich
Jack Leonardi
Glen Purnell
Greg Smith
Joseph Stronski
Chester Watson
Norman Williams


May 19, 1964

Camden High Basketball - 1968-1969
1968-1969 Varsity Players

Bobby Brown
Jeffrey Cooper
Jerome Fussell
Marvin Fussell
Larry Gottlieb
Donnell Hayes
Curtis Jenkins
Darryl Johnson
Michael Koff
Clifford Nelson
Phil Spencer

Anthony Alfano, coach

15 wins, 4 losses



Cliff Nelson Phil Spencer Mike Koff Donnell Hayes Darryl Johnson

Clarence Turner

Junior Varsity Coach


Newark Star Ledger  * December 15, 2008

A 'castle' under siege
State rethinks $120M renovation of iconic school

Star-Ledger Staff

For almost a century, the facade of Camden High School has towered over the Parkside neighborhood just southeast of the city's downtown, offering inspiration to generations of residents as the community's "Castle on the Hill."

But it is a fading castle.

Emergency scaffolding protects students entering and leaving the school from pieces of plaster and masonry falling off the decaying high school. A new chain-link fence keeps pedestrians clear of other portions of the wall, and broken windows dot the three-story facade.

Now, officials at the state agency in charge of school repair and replacement in Camden are wondering whether the building is worth the $120 million experts have projected it will cost to modernize it.

"There's some concern about the proper uses of limited resources," said Preston Pinkett, a Prudential Financial Services executive who serves on the state Schools Development Authority board. "We should build in a way that makes sense, as opposed to throwing good money after bad."

Pinkett suggested the $120 million the state plans to spend refurbishing the 92-year-old high school building might better be used to build an entirely new school.

Those concerns prompted the authority to hold off last week on advancing a $21 million plan to repair the high school's crumbling facade. That work was scheduled to be a down payment on a subsequent $99 million renovation of the building's interior.

"For $120 million we could build a 21st-century school," said Pinkett. "As opposed to investing $21 million into a structure that is there that doesn't address the needs of the kids."

Camden officials, however, are adamant the venerable structure should remain, even as the school is upgraded to meet modern educational needs. 

"This building is a symbol for the community; it's an icon for the community," said Camden schools spokesman Bart Leff, whose family has deep roots in the Parkside neighborhood. "This community is committed to the symbol of this building and the castle on the hill."

"We're trying to reach a common ground," said Sen. Dana Redd (D-Camden), whose parents are graduates of the high school. "The castle is iconic. It represents a symbol."

The drive to preserve that symbol puts Camden in conflict with state officials. After enduring years of criticism that they squandered millions in their effort to meet a state Supreme Court mandate to repair or replace hundreds of decrepit school buildings in 31 needy communities, officials are determined to wring the maximum number of school buildings from the balance
of $8.5 billion lawmakers have authorized them to spend.

Early this month, for instance, state Education Commissioner Lucille Davy said there is little chance the cavernous lobbies and other striking features that marked some of the authority's early projects will be included in future schools.

And in Trenton, authority officials have been stymied for years over plans to replace the iconic Trenton Central High School building with a more modern structure.

"This isn't just a program to build a school," Kris Kolluri, the authority's new chief executive officer, said during a recent visit to Camden High. "We need to figure out what the needs are."

Scott Shephard, a 1978 Camden High School graduate who is president of a Camden-based sports and entertainment marketing firm, said the high school is "legendary" and holds a special meaning to thousands of alumni. He says he can understand both sides of the debate.

"I spent my four years there, I struggled, and now I run a huge marketing company," said Shephard, who is organizing his 25th class reunion. "It's nice to be able to go back and see that school and know that's where I came from. Taking a school like that out of a city is like tearing down the house you grew up in."

Shephard, however, also said that while alumni may "want to hold on to tradition, we need to do what helps the children the most. Maybe a nice state-of-the-art school is the way to go. You could do that and maybe keep up the front of the old building, so you keep the tradition."

Redd, who serves on the Legislature's Joint Committee on Public Schools, said she is willing to work with the authority to reach a compromise on the Camden High project.

"Certainly, we want to stay within the budget constraints," she said. "But we need to make this facility adequate."

Authority board members gave Kolluri a month to prepare a recommendation on how best to proceed with the $120 million earmarked for the Camden High upgrades.

He started that process within days, securing a commitment from Camden school officials that the venerable building will continue in use as a school if the state invests funds in the upgrade.

Now, he is grappling with the thornier question of whether the Castle on the Hill should remain. Already, he has identified savings that would cut the cost of the refurbishment to $109 million.

Among the most likely cuts: The decaying terra cotta adornments would be replaced with a cheaper, more modern material.

"Our job is to provide safe and efficient schools, and we will do that," said Kolluri.

Philadelphia Inquirer  * December 22, 2008

Plans to Refurbish Camden High School Reconsidered

By Jonathan Tamari and Matt Katz
Inquirer Staff Writers

New Jersey officials are reconsidering how to use $110 million budgeted for refurbishing Camden High School.

Earlier this month, the Schools Development Authority, the state agency charged with building schools in urban areas, delayed plans to spend an initial $21 million to repair the high school's facade, which in recent years has crumbled so badly it has been held up by scaffolding.

Authority officials say they are committed to investing in the 90-year-old school, but they have raised questions about how best to mesh efficient construction with preserving the building.

School officials and longtime Camden residents have opposed the idea of demolishing the building, known as the "castle on the hill" because its spires reach into the sky above the main entrance.

Yet building a new school could prove cheaper than refurbishing the old one.

"If you asked me on a personal level if I'd like to see the facade renovated and the rest of the building modernized, I would love that," said Jose Delgado, school board member. "But that may not be the option I have because the money is finite and it's somebody else's money."

Despite its academically troubled and chronically violent reputation, the 1,500-student school has a strong network of supporters and alumni.

"The community and the board want Camden High's castle on the hill to remain the castle on the hill, at least the facade," said Bart Leff, a spokesman for the district.

But the decision might not rest with the community. Authority and school officials expect to meet in January to decide how best to use the state money set aside for the school.

"Ultimately, our fiduciary obligation is to build schools which are safe, efficient and affordable," authority chairman Kris Kolluri said. "We intend to do just that within the context of balancing the community needs with the needs of the students."

&Kolluri, who took over the authority at the start of December, hopes to spend a new infusion of cash wisely after an initial school-building program was mired in waste.

The agency, formerly the Schools Construction Corp., was roundly criticized for lax management as it spent $6 billion for schools in 31 mostly poor, urban districts.

Gov. Corzine recently approved $2.9 billion more in borrowing for those areas. State officials have made a point that they expect less-lavish plans this time.

"Our goal is to spend that money wisely and provide a 21st-century school," Kolluri said.

Camden Courier-Post * December 26, 2008


Alumni out to save 'Castle on the Hill'

Courier-Post Staff

The New Jersey Schools Development Authority has budgeted $110 million for the renovation of Camden High School, but it comes with a catch -- no more "Castle on the Hill."

Alumni of Camden High School and members of the Parkside community are on the front lines of a push to revive the city's 80-year-old Castle on the Hill, particularly the iconic tower facade of the school, instead of building a new school. No formal plan has been adopted yet.

The building is such a historic fixture and part of graduates' lives, said Ryan Bates, class of "76 and president of the school's alumni association, that if it is taken away, it will be something different. It wouldn't be Camden High in the minds of the people who want it to stay that way.

The top SDA officials are aware of the desires of the community, but the problem is money. Reconditioning an eight-decade-old building is much more expensive per square foot than constructing a new one, said Kris Kolluri, the recently appointed chief executive officer of the SDA. Rehabbing the facility also may prevent long-term scalability if the school needs to expand.

"Camden High school is clearly an important project because it will serve 1,100 to 1,200 high school age children," Kolluri said. "Based on the numbers, the square footage of a rehab is much higher than the budget we have. However, we believe ultimately there is a potential solution that will address the needs of the students, community and the board that I report to."

Many school facilities have come and gone in Camden, but Camden High students are attached to the appearance of the school because it's a symbol for success and accomplishment.

"The front of the building in the past was actually sacred ground. When we were in school, you would only go through that front twice in your four years -- first as a ninth-grader and the only time you came down those steps was as a graduate," Bates said.

The Camden City School Board unanimously passed a resolution at its Dec. 9 work session meeting requesting the SDA keep the facade of the school, but the board doesn't have the final say.

"I would like to see the facade kept. Whatever they can restore, fine," said Susan Dunbar-Bey, vice president of the Camden City School Board and a member of the class of "66. "It's a landmark for the city and for the thousands and thousands of people who graduated from there."

Bart Leff, a spokesman for the school district, said the overwhelming desire administrators have heard from the community is to keep the school and renovate the interior. Additional meetings between school leaders and the SDA are scheduled in January.

Diana Hill, a current main office employee at Camden High and a member of the class of "73, said there are no classrooms in the tower, but it is iconic for the students and the city.

"As we were coming up in the neighborhood, the goal was to get through at high school. It was just stressed upon us to be in this school -- the castle -- because it was a beautiful place to be," Hill said.

Kolluri stressed the need for compromise.

"Based on the city's own needs, if the high school population is going to be 1,200, it can't be fitted into the school today, even if it's rehabbed," Kolluri said. "There is no worst position to put the school children in than to start a project knowing that at some point, we're not going to have the money to finish that project."

Along with Camden High School, money also has been approved for Lanning Square Elementary and Pyne Poynt Middle School. Earlier this month, a $21 million contract was awarded to Chanree Construction Co. to build a new Morgan Village Middle School.

Reach Joseph Gidjunis at (856) 486-2604 or

Additional Facts


The Camden High School Alumni Association contact is Diane Hill, Class of 1973. Call (856) 966-5100 or visit 

Philadelphia Inquirer  * January 29, 2009

New plan: Camden High's tower to survive razing

By Jonathan Tamari
Inquirer Trenton Bureau

The landmark central tower of Camden High School will be preserved, but the rest of the 90-year-old building will be torn down and replaced under a plan agreed to Tuesday night by the city's school board.

The compromise preserves the main element of the "castle on the hill" while meeting state officials' goal of cutting the cost of replacing the school.

School Development Authority Chief Executive Kris Kolluri said the plan reflected a new emphasis on efficiency by the state authority, which in its previous incarnation faced sharp criticism for lax management and wasteful spending.

"We need to balance historic preservation with meeting the needs of the kids," said Kolluri, who promised accountability when he took over the agency last month. The Camden project is the first major plan that he has altered.

"It is absolutely a different approach to school construction," Kolluri said.

Under the agreement reached Tuesday, the state will spend $3 million to refurbish the tower, not $21 million to preserve the school's facade, Kolluri said.

The project is expected to cost $100 million, with $10 million held as contingency funding in case costs exceed expectations.

Despite criticism of past school projects, lawmakers last year approved borrowing $3.9 billion for construction statewide, with $2.9 billion to be used in 31 historically poor urban districts, including Camden.

Kolluri said he hoped restoration of the tower could begin this summer. Starting in 2011, the rest of the building will be replaced with a "21st-century school," he said.

"I think everyone recognizes Camden High needs a do-over," Bart Leff, the Camden School District spokesman, said yesterday.

The structure, which has begun to crumble, is partially surrounded by scaffolding to protect visitors from falling debris. Even if the school could be repaired, "it doesn't meet the needs" of contemporary students and educators, Leff said.

Among its problems, he said, are an auditorium and other rooms that are too small. In addition, the walls are thick, making it difficult to wire the building for new technology.

The board's resolution notes the importance of a modern school and the cultural value of the school's center entrance.

According to the resolution, the new design will incorporate the central tower on the school's Park Boulevard facade and the exterior stairway approaching it.

The campus will serve 1,336 students, about the same number that currently attend the school, Kolluri said.

He credited two Camden County lawmakers - Sen. Dana Redd and Assembly Speaker Joseph J. Roberts Jr., both Democrats - with aiding negotiations for the compromise plan.