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Gartside School

Gartside School; Photo from Chester and Vicinity  1914 by Hy. V. Smith

W. 2nd & Franklin St.

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Henrietta Barrett (c. 1928, 1929)
Delia Andrews (? - 1950 - ?) - 1

Faculty: Some Teachers:

Miss Mary E. Burke

c. 1952: - 2

Mrs. Black
Mrs. Albert
Mrs. Palm



Sports: Some Coaches/Athletic Directors:


School History: The Gartside School, formerly The Academy, was abandoned before November 13, 1958.

The following sketch on the naming of the school is from the Manual of the Public Schools of the City of Chester, PA, compiled from "standard authorities" and with the assistance of Henry Graham Ashmead, Esq.:

"Benjamin Gartside, whose name the Gartside School bears, was long a prominent manufacturer in Chester, doing business on ground near the site of the school, and residing on Second Street, between Concord Avenue and Franklin. He was born in Rockdale, Lancashire, England, May 26, 1794, and died at Chester, February 13, 1885. His business in Chester was begun in 1852, and continued till his death. During his long residence in Chester Mr. Gartside was actively identified with its growth and prosperity. The records show that he was elected a school director in 1860, and again in 1863. A crayon portrait of Mr. Gartside, presented by the family, hangs in the assembly room of the school."

Recollections: "I remember attending that school when I was in the First grade (1952) These are the teachers I remember, Mrs. Black, Mrs. Albert and Mrs. Palm" - 2


Many thanks to the following for supplying additional information for this page:

1 - Bob Vaughan

2 - Ethel Johnson






If you have any information and or pictures that you would like to contribute about this school, please forward it to john@oldchesterpa.com

2001, 2002, 2003 John A. Bullock III.

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