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One-room schools Archives

This aerial view shows Susquehannock High School in its early years. The high school came as part of the consolidations of York County and other Pennsylvania schools in the 1950s. Interestingly, York-based Buchart-Horn/BASCO Associaties (as it’s known today) designed this school and many others around its home county. In company history ‘Breaking Ground,’ Georg Sheets’ list of B-H high school buildings includes: York Suburban, Central, Spring Grove, Eastern, Northeastern and Red Lion. Susquehannock’s grounds are instructive. Fissel’s, a one-room school put out of business by consolidation, was left standing near the state-of-the-art Susquehannock High School. So there’s an intriguing generational contrast.

One-room schools intrigue and captivate York countians. More work is needed to inventory and identify these 300 or more sturdy structures that were a way of life in York County, Pa., from the 1830s to the 1950s. Here is one such school. Glen Rock’s John ‘Otts’ Hufnagel studied the whereabouts of this old school, identified it as Snyder’s School. It was located off Route 216.

Yorkblogger Stephen H. Smith provided this Bing.com bird’s-eye image the old Shultz schoolhouse, now a residence on the southeast corner of the intersection of Knights View and Trinity Church roads in Lower Windsor Township. He provided this research after a reader query.

Millersville University sculptor Ike Hay died recently, but his legacy remains in York, Pa. – a sculpture in Foundry Plaza next to Codorus Creek. It was named ‘Hot Spill’ when it was unveiled in 1984. A York Daily Record/Sunday News story about the sculptor’s death described a bit of controversy that ensued: ‘The piece — all vivid red curves and lines, with a smaller black section — brought some controversy, (his wife) Teri Hay said, and was initially derided by some in print for its abstract design. They called it a giant paper clip, she said. But it was long one of her husband’s favorites.’