Preserving the history of Apollo PA and the surrounding areas
Apollo, Elders Ridge, and Apollo-Ridge School Districts
A Brief Time Line of Apollo, Elders Ridge, and Apollo-Ridge Schools
1810: Earliest records of a school house built in Maysville.
1822: Log school house built on land owned by Benjamin Schirmer. Building was owned by Robert and David Wray. Students ranged from five to 20.
1839: Elders Ridge Academy was founded by Rev. Alexander Donaldson.
1848: Apollo incorporated two log school houses. Old State Road above Riverview Cemetery. Second near Owens Farm.
1850: School house built at PA and South Third Street. Purchased by Alexander Henry for $100 and eventually converted into a home.
1863: Apollo Public School built. It had to be expanded due to increase in enrollment.
1876: The area had 13 school houses. Average student body was about 370. Nine male teachers, four female teachers. Average school year was five months.
1901: Eight room school built. Apollo Grade School built behind the Apollo Public School. The cost was $9,559.
1913: Apollo High School built. It was a two-story school that had nine rooms. The cost was $30,000.
1931: Apollo Area High School was built across the street. North Second and PA Avenue.
1933: Elders Ridge High School built.
1950: Apollo, North Apollo, and Kiski Township formed the Apollo Area Joint School System. North Apollo paid $2,960 per year, while Kiski Township paid $6,190.91 per year. Mr. Herbert Schneider served as principal until 1958. Mr. Charles Davis replaced him.
1959: Kiski Township tried to secede from the system. PA Supreme Court denied request.
1969-1970: Elders Ridge merged with the Apollo Area Joint School System.
1973: Construction began on the new high school in Spring Church.
1975: Students began at the new high school.
1988: Middle school opens next to the high school.
2004: New elementary school opens in Spring Church, thus having the entire school district on one campus.