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The Hickory Heights School was built on a 3.5-acre site located on Hickory Drive. The two-story school, which cost just over $31,440, opened in early 1923 with three teachers that included Lillian Martin, Edith Vogan, and Belle McKnight. (c1924) Full Size
The faculty of the Hickory Heights School from the 1951-52 school year. These seven teachers oversaw 187 students in what I believe were grades 1-5. (1951) Full Size
The remaining students of the old Hickory Heights Elementary School were transferred to the new Laurel Elementary School beginning on Wednesday, December 13, 1978. The abandoned school building was sold for $22,000 in late January 1979. After some zoning issues were worked out it was remodeled in a 12-unit apartment building. The new Hickory Colony Apartments opened in the summer of 1980. (Aug 2013) Full Size
Chuck Cagno #
I lived at the upper end of Croton (family was the Valentino family) and spent many evenings playing at the school. There was a ball field and an apple orchard to the left of the school – we played ball and ate the apples….This school brings back some vivid memories of evening and the sun setting as it cast its evening glow on the front of the school. I went to Croton Elementary but always wanted to go to Hickory..thanks for bringing back warm childhood feelings and memories…..
VERA "JUNE" (McANANY) OKO #
I went to Hickory Heights school back in 1946 or 1947. I attended that school until my father passed away in 1951 when I was 10yrs. old. Is there any way I could get a list of the kids that went there at the same time as I did? I am 72yrs. old now & I really can’t remember their names. I live in Illinois now, but still have family back in New Castle, Pa. which I will be returning to visit this July.
David Johns #
I went to k and 1st grade here. I remember the teacher ringing the old bell! I think the old bell is now on display in the Laurel Elementary School. Good memories!
Jim Keil #
My mother went to this school briefly, and my grandparents owned the farm and the orchards next to the ball field.
I spent many a summer there, playing ball by day and eating apples while climbing trees in the evening. The stars were incredible from that hill!
edie mcanany cade #
i went to grade school here. of the teachers in picture, i had pleasure of being taught by 5.
After marriage i had two children that attended grade school there and they had two of the same teachers. Their father also attended grade school here.
Sam Audia #
anyone out there have a first grade picture 1944?
Judith McBurney Richards #
I attended Hickory Heights 1st through 7th grade. The faculty above were wonderful teachers.
Georgia Graham Ivey #
I went to school there in 1st grade, probably 1946.
Beverly Kennedy Horton #
My mother, Olive Garlo Shaw( Kennedy) taught in this school in 1929. The precious year( 1928) she taught in Mt. Hope School, Wayne School district, Lawrence County. Part of her job there was to sweep floors and make the fire. I believe this was a one room school house but have not been able to find any information other than her signed contract.
charles s mizner #
went here 1st grade thru 6th grade and 8th grade
Bob Kennaday #
I attended Hickory Heights from 1st almost through 6th grade. I say almost because just when we became 6th graders they moved the 6th grade to East Brook High School. So we were the top class in the school for about a week and then demoted to the bottom class in another building. I was a year ahead of Sam Audia and Edie McAnany Cade was in my class.(previous commenters to this site.) Thanks for the picture of the teachers.
Mary Mizner Nichols #
I had a lot of trials and tribulation at Hickory Mrs McCreay was my second grade teacher who had a hard time converting me from being left handed to right handed. She used a hand ruler on my left hand trying to change me to be right handed. But she lost the battle. I am still left handed. I had Mrs Carrick for 2 years, had a problem with math..In working for the State of Arkansas my job title was Accounting Tech( bookkeeper) So the math became my job. Interesting! In 5th or 6th grade I got into a fight with a girl in the girls restroom which was in the basement and the principal Mrs McCleary was summed to the basement and broke up the fight and I was taken to her office and she used a six inch long and probably 1 inch paddle,. Those were my trials in elementary school. They were never bad memories but a learning experience. I still keep in contact with grade school thru 12th friends. What a life compared to what students go through now with bullying and drugs. Grade school really made me be a stronger person. I do have group pictures from grade school. Will cherish them. Thank you for creating Lawrance County Memoirs.
Gabriel L Strizzi #
Went to Hickory Heights from 1st grade, Sept 1964 to 4th grade, June of 1968. I had Mrs McCreary for second grade, Miss Carrick ( the principle ) for third grade and Miss Raab for fourth grade. Did not see Mrs Smith that I had in 1st grade in the photo above. Went to Eastbrook School for my 5th and 6th grades then on to the Laurel high school. Does anybody remember the Jungle Jim that we used to play on near the back parking lot?
Mario Malizia #
I went to Hickory Heights from 1st-4th grade in the mid 60’s.
1st Grade-Mrs. Sickafuse
2nd Grade- Mrs. Chapan
3rd Grade- Mrs. Beatty
4th Grade- Mrs. Kuntz
I remember we were given Pieces of Slate and Chalk to do our Math on in 1st Grade. Mrs. Sickafuse was famous for throwing a shoe at you if you misbehaved..ahh the good old days.
Colleen richeal (kaneen) #
Went to this school for awhile about 1955 remember miss carrick and i remember a girl i was friends with called linda hawthorne she was a polio victim could not go on jungle gym so i usually stayed with her some good memories i still have 1 of my old school pictures from there