How many can you identify?
How many people can you identify in this photo of the Muncy Normal School, circa 1924? Muncy Normal and High School, erected in 1873, was an architectural masterpiece of its day. In its early catalogues it was described as “centrally located, and commands a magnificent view of the entire valley. The Susquehanna Water Gap, six miles below, and the North Mountain, twenty miles in the opposite direction, can be distinctly seen from its upper windows.”
The curriculum of the school included teachers and normal; college preparatory; and business.
In 1908, the school needed more space so they acquired the former Lycoming Mutual Fire Insurance building on South Main Street, directly in front of the Normal School. The “Executive Building” offered additional classrooms, offices and a reading room.
Many of Muncy’s homes operated as boarding places for out-of-town residents and were described in the school’s catalogue as “good boarding and well-furnished rooms in pleasant homes in quiet parts of the town, at reasonable rates…” In 1911, rates were $3.50 per seven-day week; $2.50 to $3 per five-day-week.
About 1922, when the Muncy Normal School became a branch of the Mansfield State College, its function became primarily a teacher education institution until 1927. The building continued in use as a grade and high school until 1932 when Muncy built its native stone school house on West Penn Street.