Doylestown High School

I've spent most of my life in Doylestown and certainly think of myself as a "local." Still, I forget sometimes that the way I picture the town isn't the way it's always been.
I'm not just talking about hundreds of years ago, either. Most of the adults I know who grew up around here remember the "old" high school.
I don't mean Central Bucks West, which is where I graduated from. Up until 1973, there was a building in the center of Doylestown that many older students thought of as the high school.

It looked like this:

Until 1952, when Central Bucks High School (later CB West) was constructed, the gorgeous building at Broad and E. Court streets was where Doylestown students went to school. Afterwards the building served as a number of things, including the Administration Annex for the Bucks County Courthouse.

Then, in 1973, it burned down.

My friend Milt from the Doylestown Historical Society let me scan some photos from the demolition of the building after it was gutted by the fire. Click any of 'em for a larger view.


Anonymous said...

I went to this school when it was Doylestown Elementary. My mom had gone there as a high school.

When I heard it had burned, I was naturally saddened. Unfortunately, when you stuff an old shelaced wooden-floored building with old paper as it was when used as an annex to the courthouse (read paper warehouse a la tinderbox) it was not an unexpected end to this grand old lady. It would have been so much kinder to use it for offices and built a sprinkler-systemed pole barn somewhere for the papers.

Thinking of which, how many records went up in those flames...

luxomni said...

This was where they bussed the students from New Hope-Solebury (and presumably all the other schools in the area) to be lined up to recieve their Salk Polio shots

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