History of The Wyndcroft School

As The Wyndcroft School celebrates its Centennial, we take a fond look back at the past 100 years.

The rediscovery of our School’s history is an ongoing process. We continue to find material that expands or corrects our knowledge of the Wyndcroft of yore. ;xNLx;;xNLx;If you have archival photographs, videos, memorabilia, or memoirs to share, please contact Robert Evans ’65, Director of Development. You’re welcome to stop by the Development Office so we can copy your photographs and documents, or you’re welcome to send material to us in digitized form.

1916-08-01 00:00:00

An idea is born

Dwight Meigs, Headmaster of The Hill School, engages a tutor for his daughter, Marcia. So that Marcia won’t be lonely, he arranges for a few other Hill School faculty children to join her to make up a nursery school.

1918-08-01 00:00:00

A school is founded.

The Pottstown Open Air School – shortly to be renamed Wyndcroft – welcomes its first 18 students on the grounds of The Hill School. There are two teachers. In the midst of nationwide epidemics of measles, mumps, flu, and tuberculosis, American and British government reports recommend outdoor schools, and the new school is an "open-air" school to ensure the healthiest possible environment. The younger children slide into sheepskin bags to keep warm, while the older ones use wool blankets. Classes are first held in the garage at the rear of the onetime Edgar Cook residence at 743 King Street, later known as Hillrise, but this is soon found to be too damp. Headmaster Dwight Meigs of the Hill School then offers the School the use of part of the Cook house. Three large enclosed southeast porches are made over into classrooms and equipped with adjustable windows to admit fresh air and sunlight. These porches, several rooms inside the Cook house, and the extensive lawn comprise Wyndcroft’s first campus.

1919-08-01 00:00:00

Miss Obie joins the faculty

Miss Angeline V. Oberholtzer (1892-1986) – our beloved Miss Obie – begins her 48-year teaching career at Wyndcroft, and will remain with us until 1967.

1921-08-01 00:00:00

New Headmistress

Mrs. Edith Craven succeeds Christine Hammer as Headmistress.

1922-08-01 00:00:00

New building and a growing school

The concrete main school building is erected on the corner of Wilson Street and Rosedale Drive, and still stands on our campus as Wyndcroft’s first masonry structure.

1922-08-01 00:00:00

Relocation to Rosedale

Wyndcroft moves from the grounds of The Hill School to its present site at Wilson Street and Rosedale Drive, Pottstown.

1925-08-01 00:00:00

Steele named Headmistress

Mrs. Mabel Day Steele, a 1902 graduate of Vassar College, succeeds Edith Craven as Headmistress.

1926-07-12 19:59:42

Merge with Miss Hitner's School

Miss Hitner’s School merges with Wyndcroft, and Mary Gould Hitner, a daughter of Matthew Meigs, the founder of The Hill School, joins the Wyndcroft teaching staff.

1926-08-01 00:00:00

Let there be light

At this time the School motto is Fiat Lux (Latin, from Genesis 1:3 in the Vulgate Bible: “Let there be light”).

1929-08-01 00:00:00

First Commencement held

Our first Commencement, to honor our first graduating 8th Graders. Betty Lester, who graduates as an 11th Grader, had entered Wyndcroft in 1918 as one of the first students. She compiled a history of the School, which she reads at the ceremony.

History of The Wyndcroft School

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