The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has undertaken an initial survey to identify historic twentieth century public schools statewide. This project documented public elementary and secondary school properties constructed between 1900 and 1969 that continue to function as educational facilities. Thirty-nine schools were documented throughout Pennsylvania. A summary report detailing the survey methodology and an overview of the data collected is available by clicking on the link below.
Pennsylvania Schools Survey Summary Report (PDF)
Survey field work was organized into five management regions. A map showing the regions and the locations of the schools surveyed can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
School Location Map
Survey Results (PDF files)
Allegheny Plateau Region
Anthracite and Poconos Region
Great Valley and Piedmont Region
Ridge and Valley Region
Southwestern Pennsylvania Region
We are interested in documenting additional school buildings. They can be school buildings still in use, adapted to other uses, or vacant, and any grade levels K-12. If you would like to help us identify historic schools in your community, please contact:
Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Bureau for Historic Preservation
Commonwealth Keystone Building, Second Floor
400 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0093