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State College in Centre County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

State College High School

State College Historic Site

State College High School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), June 21, 2019
1. State College High School Marker
Inscription.  When this school opened September 1, 1914, on Frazier (later spelled "Fraser") Street, high school students were finally in their own building. All grades previously occupied the Frazier Street School at Highland Alley. As enrollment here increased beyond the original 124 students, the high school eventually filled the Fraser Street block from Nittany to Fairmount avenues. A large second-floor room in the 1931 addition became, in 1934, a combined school/public library (opened during school hours and Monday evenings)—State College's official public library prior to Schlow Memorial. The 1942 addition on Fairmount Avenue gave the high school a larger auditorium, more classrooms, and a new main entrance.

In 1947, two murals enlivened lunch in the basement cafeteria. "Pioneer Mural" was designed and painted by a 1944 alumnus, Penn State Art Professor Stuart H. Frost. "Mount Nittany," with fabled Princess Nita-Nee, was a cooperative teacher/alumni/student project designed by art teachers Kathryn Royer and Reba S. Esh, under the direction of internationally known Penn State art educator Viktor Lowenfeld.

In 1957, tenth
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to twelfth graders began a gradual move to a new high school. For a few years, this was the junior high school. The Fairmount Avenue Elementary School was here from 1965 to 2002. The Delta Program (formerly, the Alternative Program) moved here in 1981; Community Education (formerly Continuing Education), in 1982.
Erected by Downtown State College; Penn State Alumni Association.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania State University series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 1, 1914.
Location. 40° 47.404′ N, 77° 51.494′ W. Marker is in State College, Pennsylvania, in Centre County. Marker is on South Fraser Street north of West Fairmount Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 403 South Fraser Street, State College PA 16801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Memorial Field (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The College Avenue Fountain (about 700 feet away); Dale Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); The State Theatre (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hotel State College (approx. 0.3 miles away); Campus View Apartments / Schlow Building (approx. 0.3 miles
State College High School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), June 21, 2019
2. State College High School Marker
away); Diesel Engineering (approx. 0.3 miles away); Heart-Assist Pump (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in State College.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 22, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 148 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 22, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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