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Collection TitleCL 165 Southside High School CollectionCreatorChemung County Historical Society
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Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Elmira High School in 2016.

Southside High School (1924-2014), located at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and South Main Street, opened in January 1924. The school had been opened to alleviate overcrowding at Elmira Free Academy, the Elmira City School Districts original high school. The district was divided so students living on the north side of the river attended Elmira Free Academy, with students living on the south side as well as the, as well as the towns of Southport, Ashland, and Chemung attending Southside High School.


From 1924 to 1945, the two high schools had one combined athletic program. From 1946 on, they had their own sports teams, the Hornets. Their school colors were green and gold. Since 1935, the school yearbook has been known as The Edsonian, in honor of the school’s first principal, Frank M. Edson. The school newspaper is called the El-So-Hi.


In 1979, Southside High School moved to a new building at 777 South Main Street, the site of the old Remington Rand plant. The new building was larger with more amenities including a swimming pool. In 2014, Southside High School merged with the Elmira Free Academy to form the Elmira High School, located at 777 South Main.

Scope:The Southside High School Collection contains scrapbooks, 1972-1999; yearbooks, ; school newspaper, ; and photographs, .
Extent6 linear feet

This collection contains scrapbooks, yearbooks, school newspapers, and photographs from Southside High School.

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Assorted photographs of Southside High School library, 11/9/1973.Southside High School photographs.06016
Assorted photographs for a reception for Mrs. King, 2/14/1974.Photographs - Southside High School06017
Assorted photographs of Southside High School Media Center, April 1974.Southside High School - Photographs06018
Assorted photographs with negatives at Southside High School library, June 1974 (50th anniversary).Southside High School Photographs06019
This folder contains Commencement Programs, Southside High School, 1960-1991.Programs060201
Assorted Photographs of Southside High School Senior Day, 1975 and of an unknown program, ca. 1975.Southside High School Photographs06020
Southside High School program for 1938 Senior Class play, "Seventeen".Programs060301
Southside High School program for Winter Vocal concert, 12/20/1974.Program060302
Southside High School program for National Honor Society Induction Ceremony, 5/13/1975.Program060303
Southside High School Senior Day program, 5/30/1975.Program060304
Southside High School Spring Band Concert program, 5/19/1976.Program060305
Southside High School Senior Day Program, 5/27/1976.Program060306
Southside High School National Honor Society Induction Ceremony program, 5/3/1977.Program060307
Southside High School Newspapers,9/30/68-6/4/1970.School Newspapers060401
Southside High School newspapers, 9/30/70-6/2/1972.School Newspapers060501
Southside High School newspapers, 9/22/72-6/1974.School Newspapers060601
Southside High School newspapers, Fall 1974-5/14/1976.School Newspapers060701
Southside High School newspapers, 10/15/76-5/25/1978.School Newspapers060801
Southside High School newspapers, 10/78-3/1980.School Newspapers060901
Southside High School Newspapers, 3/81-3/1985.School Newspapers061001
Southside High School Parent-Teacher program, 12/8/1932. (2 copies)Program061101
Southside High School, Parent-Faculty Organization BylawsBy-Laws061102
Southside High School Teacher Appreciation Day program, 4/19/1977. (3 copies)Prgram061103
Southside High School Parent Faculty meeting minutes, 11/6/1974.Minutes061104
Southside High School, Parent-Faculty Organization minutes from meeting of 10/10/1969.Minutes061104
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