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Littlestown was layed out by
and named for Peter Klein (Little)
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Information from Bicenetennial Book.

Education in the Littlestown Area

Education in this area as else where was either accomplished through private schools or schools that were run by the different religions.

The history of education in this area dates back before 1747 when a Reform minister, Rev Michael Schlatter, sent here by the Synod of Amsterdam, visited the first know school in what would become Adams County. Two days after his arrival, on May 4, he baptized the child of the schoolmaster, John Henry Kreutz. The main subject taught was German. During the pastorate of Rev. Jacob Wiestling, which began in 1813, the school was housed in a building on church property and this school remained in existence for approximately one hundred years.

The Free School Act of 1834 caused much debate and opposition in this area. Many people sincerely believed that free schools would engender indolence, increase crime, oppress the taxpayers and destroy individual liberty. As a result of such thinking, a joint convention was held at Gettysburg November 4, 1834, by the County Commissioners. A. LeFevre, delegate from here, voted thumbs down, along with others, on the proposal. Finally, at the third and final convention on May 2, 1836, the townships acquiesced. A County Convention was held in Littlestown, November 21 to 23, 1866, by the office of the County Superintendent of Schools, created by State law in 1854.

In 1836, Public school machinery was set up in Littlestown. There were two schools established, one a log structure on East King Street taught by. Dr. Aaron Bishop and Amos Keeport, and the other a frame structure back of West King Street, taught by John McSherry and Fanny Weams. In 1867, the Rev. Father Francis x. Deneckere established the first Catholic parochial school with Miss Mary Wilson as first teacher.

There were numerous one room school houses during this period in the surrounding townships. To look at a few of these check out other schools.

Public education so progressed in Littlestown in 1871 a two story brick building consisting of three classrooms and one recreation room was built.

1871 school on West King Street - Where the community Center is now.

The first principal was Hanson Harner. One year later, in 1872, a famous Littlestown school teacher, Miss Lizzie Nicks, was elected as a teacher od the primary grades and remained in this capacity for 31 years. It is a known fact that as soon as pupils could recite the A, B, C's, Miss Nicks rewarded them with a penny. Teachers salaries were $18.00 a month and the average term was 4 months and five days.

In 1885 there was a private preparatory school established in Littlestown. Click here to learn more.

There was not much improvement in 1898, when the salary was $24.00 a month. Summer schools were also held in the public school building around this time. One such school was conducted by Amos Parr. As many as a hundred students from all over the county came to Littlestown for the summer or 'trade' schools. Principal was succeeded by Ezra E. Taylor.

The building constructed in 1871 was razed thirty years later to give way to the grade school building on East King Street, converted into the Community Center in 1963. The new building was constructed by John Eline, who was THE BUILDER in those days, at a cost of $10,000, and boasted a hot water furnace and spacious rooms and halls. It was first occupied December 1, 1901. The first class was graduated from Littlestown High School, May 1, 1902. W. A. Burgoon was the first school principal. Three years later L.H.S. was recognized as a second class school with a three year course by the state.

1901 school replaced earlier school building.

In 1915 the school had grown so that it necessitated an addition to the building and in 1916 it was recognized as a first class school.

To trace the growth - in 1901 there was a faculty of one and a student body of 17; in 1932, there was a faculty of one and a student body of 134.

On January 7, 1932, it was decided to construct a new building as a result of the congestion being experienced on East King Street, and this was to be located on a site north of the playground on Maple Avenue, at that time Long Alley.

Bids were received April 14 and contracts awarded amounting to approximately $50,000 on May 13.The architect was Bernard Starr, an alumnus of the school, class of 1911, and the building was completed in time for the class of 1933 to hold their Commencement exercises. William Eline was the contractor, son of the man who built the East King Street School; Stanley B. Stover did the electrical work and B.F. Redding the plumbing.

Maple Avenue School in 1933
To view what this school looks like after several additions Click Here.

The Board of Education consisted of Dr. Harry S. Crouse, Samuel E. Renner, John A. Mayers, Emory H. Snyder, and Henry S. Stover. The High School Faculty included Paul E. King, principal; Lloyd L. Stavely, Harold R. Shriver, Golds O. Hook, Josephine Stetser and Kathryn Snyder.

In 1938, the school added two new departments to its curriculum, Industrial Arts and Home Economics. In 1944, Littlestown High School had medical service for the first time with Mrs. Brenda Badders Walker as school nurse.

Jointure ----Mt Pleasant township, Littlestown Borough, Mt. Joy, Union and Germany townships formed the Littlestown Joint School System on July 1, 1948. As a result the schools were changed from the 8-4 to the 6-6 plan. This caused an influx of junior high pupils from the rural schools which in turn brought about a new $54,000 addition to the Maple Avenue School, to include 4 classrooms, a cafeteria, and an office and storage room. Work began on September 16, 1948 and was completed by the end of the school year. Also, about this time the new athletic field was put to use. All first grade pupils of the Jointure were invited to come to Littlestown where two first grades were established.

In the summer of 1950 extensive renovations were made in the Maple Avenue structure to accommodate an enlarged Industrial Arts program and to provide space for a music room and laboratory. There were 972 pupils in the entire school system; 433 enrolled in the Junior-Senior High School. The East King Street building accommodated grades one through six with a total enrollment of 547 pupils.

On February 11, 1952, the Joint Board of Education was advised of the increase in enrollments of the elementary schools and the lack of physical facilities. On April 8 it was agreed to take an option on the proposal of Lloyd and Alma Crouse for twelve lots on East Myrtle Street and consider the gift of lands adjoining thereto as owned by I.H. Crouse & Sons. Bids were opened for a new school on December 9, 1952, and contracts awarded. Allen F. Feeser, Taneytown, Md. was general contractor. The name "Rolling Acres Elementary School" was selected by the Board; dedication of the new school, built at a cost of approximately $500,000 was held on Friday, January 29, 1954.

Since Rolling Acres School was built in 1952-54 the school has had several additions.
To see how the School looks today Click Here.

The original part of the present Littlestown High School was dedicated on September 3, 1961. It was built at an approximate cost of $1,500,000. The School bell used on the first private school established on East King Street and later at the public school which is now the community center is now on display in the foyer of the new Gymnasium.


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