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The six-room Arthur McGill Elementary School, located in the North Hill area, opened for classes on January 3, 1922. It was named in honor of U.S. Army Captain Arthur McGill, a local boy and artillery officer who died of pneumonia in France in early 1919 just after the Great War (World War I) ended. The school was expanded in 1956 and was in service for many years until it was closed in June 1988. The building was purchased by the Clen-Moore Presbyterian Church, which used it to operate a community center and also leased space to a parochial school. The community center closed in 2004 but the former school remains home to the New Castle Christian Academy, the only non-denominational Christian school in the county. (Mar 2012) Full Size
A second grade class of the Arthur McGill Elementary School from the 1950-51 school year. The teacher is Marilyn Calvin (later Comstock), a Westminster College graduate who joined the faculty in January 1951. The front row from left is: Sandra Sterner, Jackie Sloushburg, Barbara Struttin, Dianne Arnold, Frank Turner, Elaine Chapman, David Jackson, Francis Campbell, Nancy Hoffmaster, Isabelle Drushel, Mary Todd Perry, and Frank Stratemeyer. (1951) (Photo courtesy of Elaine Chapman Chilcote) Full Size
A 4th grade class photo from the 1952-53 school year. The teacher is Mrs. Mary Eakin, who soon took a leave of absence to teach with the DoD schools in Germany. Elaine Chapman is standing in the middle of row three – fifth from left end. (1953) (Photo courtesy of Elaine Chapman Chilcote) Full Size
Arthur McGill’s 5th grade class from 1953-54. The teacher is identified as “Mrs. Stewart.” Elaine Chapman is standing in third row – third from right end in glasses. (1954) (Photo courtesy of Elaine Chapman Chilcote) Full Size
A group of 6th graders from the 1954-55 school term. The teacher is Mrs. Daisy Hurst, who joined the faculty in 1951. Elaine Chapman is standing in top row – 3rd from left end. (1955) (Photo courtesy of Elaine Chapman Chilcote) Full Size
A classroom (2nd grade most likely) at the Arthur McGill Elementary School. Teacher Annette Levine is standing at rear. (c1970) (Tom Weller photo) Full Size
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