YARD sells Youngwood High replicas to build playground

| Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, 8:56 p.m.

Youngwood High School will not be forgotten.

A booster group for the borough, Youngwood Area Revitalization and Development — YARD — is selling Cat's Meow replicas of the home of the former Railroaders football and basketball teams.

Mary Ann Klingensmith, editor of the Youngwood Community Newsletter, was a graduate of the last high school class in 1956.

In the missive, she describes YHS as “a school where you knew everyone's name, what class they were in, who they were dating.”

Replicas cost $16 each. The back of the wooden memento contains a history of the school, which now serves as the borough building and a community center.

A limited number of the replicas will be available at the borough building at 17 S. Sixth St. Offices are open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekdays. If needed, another shipment will be ordered, Klingensmith said.

The replicas are being sold because the old school will be torn down as officials embark on the construction of a new municipal center, estimated at about $2.25 million. Plans call for it to be financed through a bond issue.

YARD is selling the replicas to raise money for the new playground that will stand on the site of the former school, home of NFL great George Blanda, a quarterback in the Football Hall of Fame.

The replica notes that construction of the school began in April 1917 but World War I intervened, limiting material and manpower. The building was dedicated on April 14, 1919, with nine classrooms and one laboratory. A new wing 11 years later added four classrooms, a science lab and a combination auditorium and gymnasium.

The building served as Youngwood Junior High from 1956 until 1970.

“On Nov. 17, 1962, Youngwood joined the Hempfield Township School District,” the history reads. “The school then added rooms for music, band, home economics, shop, a nurse's office, faculty lounge, kitchen and cafeteria, and a new furnace room.”

The building served as Youngwood Elementary from 1971 until 1984.

It was then repurposed as the Youngwood Community Center, a home for borough offices, Youngwood Area Library, a tax office and a state representative's office.

Order forms for the replica can be filled out at the borough building or emailed to Klingensmith at PKling5504@aol.com. Place Cat's Meow Order in the subject line.

For additional information, contact Klingensmith at 724-925-2480.

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