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Collection TitleCL 165 Southside High School CollectionCreatorChemung County Historical Society
Processed By
Date Completed:March 2018
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Elmira High School in 2016.
Terms:Elmira (N.Y.); High Schools – Athletics; High Schools; Public schools; Southside High School 

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, Southside High School 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 newspapers; miscellaneous papers; and photographs.
Notes:Stored in the 3rd floor back room on top of CL 170 MC-01.
Extent6 linear feet
Date Span1924-2004

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

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Southside High School, 1975 YearbookYearbook050002
Southside High School 2000 Yearbook.Yearbook050003
Southside High School 1998 YearbookYearbook050004
Southside High School 2007 YearbookYearbook050005
Southside High School 2002 Yearbook.Yearbook050006
Southside High School 1971 Yearbook.Yearbook050007
Southside High School 1995 Yearbook.Yearbook050008
Southside High School 1997 YearbookYearbook050009
Southside High School 1958 Yearbook.Yearbook050010
Southside High School 1966 Yearbook.Yearbook050011
Southside High School 1986 Yearbook.Yearbook050012
Southside High School 1988 Yearbook.Yearbook050013
Southside High School 1951 Yearbook.Yearbook050014
Southside High School 1974 Yearbook.Yearbook050015
Southside High School 1999 YearbookYearbook050016
Southside High School 2004 Yearbook.Yearbook050017
Parley Coburn Junior High School 1966 Yearbook.Yearbook050018
Broadway Junior High School 1982 Yearbook.Yearbook050019
Notre Dame High School 1981 YearbookYearbook0601
Notre Dame High School 1968 YearbookYearbook0602
Elmira Free Academy 1990 Yearbook.Yearbook0603
Southside High School Commencement Programs, 1925-1959.Programs060101
Southside High School Commencement Programs, 1960-1991.Programs0602
Southside High School program for 1938 Senior Class play, "Seventeen".Programs060301
Southside High School program for Winter Vocal concert, 12/20/1974.Program060302
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