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Mohawk High School - Bessemer PA

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In July 1958 the schools district of Bessemer-Little Beaver joined forces with North Beaver and Mahoning to form the new Mohawk Area School District. The existing high school at Bessemer (shown above) was renamed as the Mohawk High School and classes were held there until a new school could be built. Junior High level students attended classes at the North Beaver Consolidated School in Mt. Jackson. (c1940) Full Size


In 1959 the school district purchased the 109-acre Gleghorn farm just east of Bessemer and north of Mt. Jackson. Plans were slowly put into action and construction of the new high school began in 1962. The Mohawk Junior-Senior High School (shown above), which cost almost $3 million, was opened for classes in August 1963. The building was officially dedicated on Saturday, November 16, 1963. (1964) Full Size


The Mohawk Junior-Senior High School. (1964) Full Size


The dedication ceremony for the new Mohawk High School was held in the school’s auditorium on Saturday, November 16, 1963. About 700 people attended the ceremony, which was followed by a open house tour of the building. (1963) Full Size


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One of the hallways inside the new high school. (1963) Full Size



Manford E. Brockway (1911-1977) was appointed as the first Supervising Principal (Superintendent) of the new Mohawk Area School District in 1958. He held that post until he retired in June 1974. He unfortunately passed away in Warren County PA just a few years later. (1964)


Mr. Brockway discusses school business with his secretary Dorothy Nord (1915-2008). The popular Nord was the longtime secretary at Bessemer schools and was also deeply involved in civic affairs – especially with the public library. She was a well-respected pillar of the Bessemer community. (1965)


Herbert J. Edwards, who came over from Fulton County PA, was named principal of the Mohawk High School in 1958 with a salary of $6,800. He departed in 1966 to take up a post with the state Board of Education in Harrisburg – overseeing federally-funded reading and math programs. (1964)


Harold G. Johnson, former principal of Union High School, was named assistant principal of Mohawk High in 1962. He later served as Director of Instruction and became the school’s principal in late 1973. He was elected as Superintendent in early 1974, but turned it down to remain as the high school principal. (1964)


Inside a typical classroom in the new Mohawk High School. (1964)Full Size


The Mohawk High Warriors varsity footballers from late 1964. This team finished with a record of 7-2, including wins over the Lowellville High Rockets (13-0 score) and the Union High Scotties (19-6 score). (1964) Full Size


The Warriors varsity basketball squad of 1964-65 started out a disappointing 3-8, but rolled off an impressive eleven straight victories to finish with a record of 14-8. (1965) Full Size


The annual Christmas Dance, hosted by the senior class, held on Saturday, December 20, 1964. (1964) Full Size


Members of the 1964 graduating class, the first to ever graduate from the new high school, walk down the aisles of the auditorium on June 5, 1964. (1964) Full Size


The Mohawk High School band in front of the new school. (1964) Full Size


The senior class of the 1963-64 school year. (1963) Full Size


Mohawk Area School Board during the 1963-64 school year. (1963) Full Size


Senior class officers from the 1964 graduating class. (1963) Full Size


The library of the new high school. (1963) Full Size


Inside the empty gymnasium. (1963) Full Size


Mohawk Area Junior-Senior High School. (1963) Full Size


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Comment

  1. I came across this website. It was nice seeing a picture of my grandfather. Thanks for putting this website up.

    Matthew Brockway · 02/18/2014 01:13 PM · #

  2. I graduated from Mohawk High School in 1976, many fond memories!! Thank You!!

    Maggie Miller · 02/19/2014 09:38 AM · #

  3. I GRADUATED IN 1974. MANY FRIENDS AND MANY MEMORIES WITH A LOT OF GOOD FUN. FAVORITE TEACHER WERE MRS BOOK-CLARK, MR BOGIE , MRS KRAUSE , MISS KELLY MRS ZENOBI AND MANY MORE! GREAT CLASS REUNIONS , GREAT MUSIC AND AND I CANNOT FORGET MRS DAVIS, GOD REST HER SOUL AND ALL OF OUR DECEASED CLASSMATES
    BLAINE EDWIN STACHOWIAK

    BLAINE STACHOWIAK · 03/16/2014 07:21 PM · #

  4. Always loved the picture of my dad, Herb Edwards. He loved being a principal. Good memories.

    Nancy Stanley · 02/14/2015 11:36 PM · #

  5. I was a member of that 1964 graduating class — the first to graduate from the new school building and have many fond memories of that school!
    The basketball team won the championship that year — an exciting time for the whole class!

    David Calderwood · 06/26/2015 07:38 PM · #

  6. I graduated from Mohawk in 1976. I also have some fond memories of school. I was sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Benson. He was my favorite English teacher. A good thing too, since I was in his class three different years. Also fond memories of Mr. Lees.

    Mark Thompson · 07/10/2016 11:31 PM · #