The words of the A111111 Mater were written liy inviiilmc-rs
ol the Class ol '27, under the direction ot Nliss Nluriun NVl1ite.
Echoing shore on shore
The broad Allegheny rings
Clothed with sunlight gold,
The haze oler the purple hills clingsg
The fog, the mist, the rocks, the sun,
Reflections of Ford City brings.
NVorking hard side hy side
Are students from far and near luv,
Thrilled with the zeal to do,
Fired hy the pledge to try,
With cheerful spirits and hearts so true
They sing of the Ford City High.
Ever in days to come,
Our fond memories will cling
Steadfast to purple and gold,
And Wide Will our banner tlingg
XVith loyalty and pride shall We
Our tribute to Ford City luring.
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Aboye are the pupils of Ford City High School in the school year 1908-1909. They are pictured in front of the store building
on lhird Avenue where their classes were held when the old school bet-anie too crowded. The next fall saw them entering the new
building on Fourth Avenue.
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One year before the turn of the century, in
1889, Ford City was made an independent school
district, and a four-roomed building, constructed on
land donated by Captain John B. Ford on lower
Sixth Avenue, was built to house the first school
Children, Later enlarged to eight rooms, this build-
ing was the one in which members of the Class of
1902, the first class to be graduated from Ford City
High School, completed their schooling just fifty
years ago. At the time of their graduation, there
were approximately two hundred students making
up the entire school population of the Ford City
Public Schools, about thirty of these being high
school students. Under the direction of the princi-
pal, james J. Palmer, the six members of the class of
1902 completed a three year high school course, all
classes being taught by two teachers.
Classes were graduated from Ford City High
School in 1902, 1903, 1904. 1905, 1906, and 1907.
There was no graduating class in 1908, as, at that
time, a four year high school course was adopted by
the board of education and administration. During
the years of 1908 and 1909, because of the increased
enrollment in the school, all high school students
held their classes in an old store building on Third
Avenue, from where the class of 1909, the first to
complete a four year course, was graduated.
1t was during this period that those interested
in the educational future of Ford City's young peo-
ple began to see the inadequacy of the old eight-
roomed building on Sixth Avenue. ln October.
1908, the cornerstone was laid for the present school
building, located on Eleventh Street and Fourth
Avenue. Ready for occupancy in the year 1909,
this new building housed, in addition to classrooms.
a gymnasium, where Ford Cityis name as a town
of outstanding athletes had its start. Also the new
building contained an auditorium, the stage of
which has seen many interesting events-the grad-
uation of hundreds of young men and women, the
plays, concerts, and operettas that the talented stu-
dents have produced, and many community affairs.
As the school population grew, and as the
curriculum was enriched, the need for more room
was recognized, and the original building was ex-
tended to Fifth Avenue, the annex being completed
in 1922. At that time both the grades and the high
school were housed in the same building. but again
a growing school population caused the needr for
expansion of the school plant. In 1929, accordingly,
the present grade school building was completed.
Until the year 1934, both boys and girls held
their physical education classes in what is now
known as the girls, gym. ln 1934, the fine gymna-
sium on Fifth Avenue was constructed to house
the boys, physical education classes and to accomo-
date the scores of fans that witness the basketball
Ford City High School has been fortunate in
that its young people have been under the care of
farsighted board of education members and capable
administrators and faculty members. Those who
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