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Rose Avenue School - New Castle PA

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The New Castle school system underwent a period of vast expansion in the 1920’s. Among the plans drawn up were those for large new primary school to be located on Rose Avenue in East New Castle. Construction got underway in the summer of 1923 and the fifteen-classroom brick school was opened for classes for 463 students in early September 1924. The Rose Avenue School was officially dedicated on Friday, November 21, 1924. (c1988) (Photo courtesy of Ashley Harlan Druschel) Full Size


The Rose Avenue School, designed by architect Harry M. Wirsing, served the community as an elementary school for many years. It was closed along with several other schools during a consolidation effort in June 1988. (1924)


The Rhythm Band of the Rose Avenue School. (Jun 1945) Full Size


This aerial photo from the late 1930’s shows the location of the Rose Avenue School and its surrounding property. The building was one of five elementary level schools closed during consolidation efforts in June 1988. Two years later it was sold to a developer and was then razed in 1994. Today the former school site is home to several residential homes along Rose and Ryan Avenues. (c1939)


The kindergarten class of the Rose Avenue School. (c1924) (Lawrence County Historical Society photo) Full Size


The Rose Avenue Elementary School, slated to close in June 1988, was put up for sale beginning in October 1987. Several plans to convert the building into apartments fell through, before Butler developer Charles “Bud” Holbein Jr. assumed ownership in 1992. Two years later the City of New Castle and Holbein went to court to fight over control of the property. The city eventually won the bitter legal battle and had the school demolished in November 1995. After several plans to erect a senior citizens apartment building fell though, the city had the property subdivided into ten lots in 1999. In 2002 the construction of a handful of single family homes began at the site. (1988) Full Size

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  1. I had a dairy store at the corner of Rose Ave. and East Washington St. and a lot of the teachers would come to my store for lunch. Soup was 15cents Hamburgers 20Cents Milk Shakes 15 cents Sundays 10 cents banna splits 30cents sodas 15cents and if I had a favorite good looker you. got 10%off & you got a free tune on the juke box I lost money on the good lookers but it made my day. This was in 1947. My best customer was Lou Pagina Piano Player and arranger of the tiwanna Brass. Any body out there rember me ? Harry L. Banks

    harry banks · 01/11/2014 08:52 PM · #

  2. I attended Rose Avenue from Sept. 1939 to June 1943. I remember the store on the corner, but not the name. I think it was called Root,s

    I’m now 80 yrs old and writing my memoir and thinking about the old school.

    Walter Polanskey · 02/12/2014 04:47 PM · #

  3. I attended Rose Avenue School when I was in the 4th grad in 1947. I vaguely remember the store on the corner. What I do remember was the class member on whom I “a crush”. Her name was Cynthia Samone. Sometimes I wonder whatever happened to Cynthia…

    Jerry McKenna · 04/07/2014 07:32 PM · #

  4. I want to see some color pics of rose avenue before u tore it down thanks

    MikeLutton · 04/03/2015 11:27 AM · #

  5. Several of my classmates were farmed out to Rose Avenue School during the 59-60, 60-61, 61-62 and 62-63 terms
    when the old Thaddeus Stevens school had its second floor condemned due to fire hazard and the new TS school was
    being built from June 1962 to very early September 1963.

    Jack Gill · 12/03/2015 03:46 PM · #

  6. please add more pics before it was tore down even some with boards up thanks.love this place

    MikeL · 01/18/2016 11:51 AM · #

  7. On election days—in the early 1960s, at least—Rose Avenue School was a site where Fourth Ward voters would gather to cast their ballots. Voting booths were set up in the janitors’ room / boiler room in a segment of the school’s basement. A brick-sided stairwell with concrete steps ran parallel to the school’s west side; apparently janitors and voters were thought to have good knees to be able to navigate these. Voters also shared space with at least one of the school’s boilers, but I recall there being enough room for at least three cloth-walled voting cubicles and a table for the election officials. Ballots were paper, of course. My mother served as one of the on-site election officials, and tallying the ballots often kept her at the school until 1 or 2 A.M. I also recall being filled with a little more sense of fear when the “Fallout Shelter” signs appeared on the school’s brick walls while olive green painted steel barrels of crackers showed up in the storage area of the boiler room. Tasty offerings for help in surviving the mushroom clouds’ aftermath.

    J Jessel · 01/17/2017 09:40 PM · #

  8. The photo of the kindergarten class in 1924 appears to have been taken in another noteworthy aspect of the school’s west side. There, the building’s basic “U” shape (‘til about 1960 when the expansion occurred) was broken by a “bump-out” section. As in the photograph, the bump-out had windows on the north, south, and west sides. And again similar to the kindergarten class photograph, it was smaller than the classroom which gave entrance to it.

    J Jessel · 01/18/2017 08:17 AM · #

  9. My brother (Walter) and my sister (Jo-Ann) are both in the first row of the Rhythm Band photo appearing above. In that row, he’s the first boy seated from the left; she’s the second girl from the left.

    She and I brainstormed for some teacher surnames at Rose Avenue, and we came up with the following list of surnames (which we may have misspelled due to the passage of time and our slipping memories). They are Armstrong, Bates, Coates, Dart, Gallagher, Gresham, Kaufmann, Lutton, McDermott, McElroy, Schugar, Snyder, Tilia, Tomasello, White, Wiggins, and Zeigler. I also recall Ms. McFait (McFate?) as a “visiting” music teacher, and also a Mrs. Uhl, a substitute music teacher.
    Principal during my time at Rose Ave. = Mr. Cornelius; Head custodian = Mr. Newhart. Again, apologies for missing teachers and / or misspelling of names.

    J Jessel · 02/23/2017 09:58 PM · #

  10. Does anyone remember Miss Armstrong’s class during the Presidentual election of Nov. 1940. If you wore a Franklin Roosevelt pin on your shirt, she called you up to the front of the room and made you through the Roosevelt pin into the waste basket. Those who wore the Wendell Wilkes pins were OK.

    Walter Polanskey · 09/26/2017 05:36 PM · #