FASD — Farrell Junior High School

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[High School - 1927]

South Sharon High School 1908-1911
Farrell High School 1912-1937
Farrell Junior High School— 1938-1972
(building demolished 1984)

[Junior High]

[1922 Sophomore Class]

[Junior High Entrance]

[Cafeteria 1927] [Woodworking Shop 1927]

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(The following letter was published in the 1927 Reflector.
It was written by Quincy G. Vincent, Principal of Farrell High School and addressed to the Class of '27)

To The Farrell High School Graduates:

[1927 Reflector - Quincy Vincent] The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Borough of Farrell have expended large sums of money for your education. Your parents have kept you in school for twelve years at a great personal sacrifice and inconvenience; for which expenditures, both the Commonwealth and your parents have a right to expect that you will possess certain ideals, among which are the following:

First, a fine sense of discrimination, between right and wrong. Second, the ability to make judgments and the will to carry out your decisions. Third, the desire to make a contribution to the community in which you live and from which you draw your wages. Fourth, the ability to work with others for the good of all men.

Lastly, a character, so rugged and so independent that you will not only discriminate finely between right and wrong, but, having made this fine discrimination, you will do the right thing at no matter how great an inconvenience and sacrifice to yourself.

Quincy G. Vincent, High School Principal

(The following letter was published in the 1927 Reflector.
It was written by William W. Irwin, Superintendent of Schools)

Looking Forward

[Superintendent William Irwin] At this commencement season of the year High School graduates are thinking seriously of their future. Many of you are making plans to attend some higher institution of learning. If you have taken the four years spent in High School seriously, if you have mastered the art of study, if you have developed the power of concentration, you should do well in whatever higher institution of learning you decide to enter.

Before entering college you should decide what course of study you want to pursue. The first thing to consider about your course is: What do you like to do? If you like to work with machinery, take up engineering. If you like to associate with people and are unhappy without folks about you then you should decide to become a doctor, a teacher, a lawyer, a minister, etc. Other lines of endeavor should be analyzed in the same way. Having decided what you want to do, it is time to select the school you are to attend. Scrutinize the school you wish to attend on the basis of its faculty. It is the faculty that makes an institution. If you cannot tell if the faculty is well trained, go to someone who can give you this information. You should select a school with a well balanced faculty.

A college education will cost you from $800 to $1200 a year. You should go to college with the idea of getting value received for your time and the money invested. I hope that if you go on to college you will not go for selfish purposes. Ever keep in mind this motto: “He profits most, who serves best.”

William W. Irwin, Superintendent of Schools

[South Sharon High School]

Farrell High School — 1909
First Commencement Exercises

The Class of 1909 was the first class to hold its commencement exercises in the newly built Farrell High School located at the corner of Fruit Avenue and Haywood Street (Roemer Blvd).

The newly built high school opened on Dec 8, 1908 as South Sharon High School and was renamed Farrell High School in 1912.

The School Board who were responsible for the first high school were Dr. W. G. Berryhill, president, Archie R. Maxwell, secretary, William J. Griffiths, treasurer, John H. Dickason, Dan J. Levy, George L.L. Davis, J. Frank Fowler.

In 1938 the building was converted into the Junior High School when the new Farrell Senior High School opened at 1600 Roemer Blvd.

Click below to read the 1984 article describing the demolition of the building and one student's fond Junior High memories.

Farrell Junior High School fades into memory — April 7, 1984
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