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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
Assorted photographs of Senior Day, Class of 1976.Photographs - Southside High School0620
Photographs of Southside High School Library/Media Center rebuilt after the 1972 flood.Photographs 0621
Photographs of new Southside High School, 1980.Photographs0623
(2) Photographs of Library Club party, June, 1972; (2) photographs of two students in St. joseph's Hospital, taken after Library Club Bowling Party, June 8, 1974.Photographs0624
Photographs - display board at Library at Christmas, date unknown; girls' athletic team, date unknown.Photographs0625
Southside High School scrapbook of various articles about SHS students from 1973-1982. Scrapbook07
Southside High School scrapbook for their athletic teams from 1973-1981.Scrapbook07
(3) Photographs from Southside High School: William Biery, Instrumental Music Instructor from 1928-1961; Southside High School Alpha Omega Society, 1965-66 and 1966-67.Photographs07
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