The Evolution of Gettysburg's "Common School"

The Evolution of Gettysburg's "Common School" (HM8L4)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
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N 39° 49.517', W 77° 13.854'

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In 1834 Gettysburg established a "common school" to provide its children with a free elementary education, which over the years evolved into the current Gettysburg Area School System.

Following 23 years of classes being held in multiple private dwellings, the first consolidated public school building was erected on E. High Street in 1857, and began a 100-year tenure of classroom service.

During the battle, the school building served as a hospital while its bell shared the cupola with a fugitive Union soldier who successfully hid from the occupying Confederate forces.

In the mid 1880s the public school curriculum was expanded to include a secondary education program. Over a span of thirty years, The Meade School (1897), the Lincoln School (1926) were erected to accommodate Gettysburg's rapidly growing population of students.

When the present Area School format replaced the county's local school systems, the Gettysburg Area High School was added to this site in 1962 and the Baltimore Street School building was remodeled as the Area Junior High School.
HM NumberHM8L4
Placed ByMain Street Gettysburg
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Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 4:08am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 309077 N 4410746
Decimal Degrees39.82528333, -77.23090000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 49.517', W 77° 13.854'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 49' 31.02" N, 77° 13' 51.24" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 334-430 Baltimore St, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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