|Margaret Bell Miller High School, built 1926-1928. (greeneconnections.com)|
|Original Waynesburg Fairgrounds, photo by W. T. Hays, 1898. Looking southwest from where Elm Street is today. Ten Mile Creek and Smith Creek Road are in the distance. (Waynesburg Borough, via greeneconnections.com)|
The school board had purchased the site in 1912. It was a large lot at the corner of East Lincoln and South Morgan Streets, formerly the home of Justice. F. Temple. Classes were held in the Temple house as early as 1916. When the new high school was constructed, the Temple house was moved south on Morgan Street to become the “Home Ec Cottage.” It was still there when I was a student, but demolished in 1977 for the middle school addition.
|The Justus F. Temple House, built ca. 1880, later the "Home Ec Cottage". Waynesburg High School Oracle, 1948.|
|Another early postcard view. (greeneconnections.com)|
The style of Margaret Bell Miller School is Neoclassical. The predominate feature is a huge two-story portico facing Morgan Street, supported by four massive marble columns that form a colonnade entrance to the auditorium. Around and behind the columns, large arched windows are arranged symmetrically. The exterior trim is restrained with classically designed cartouches and a double string-course near the flat roof line. Unfortunately, the elegant Lincoln Street entrance was removed during the 1977 renovation.
|A sock hop in the gymnasium. Waynesburg High School Oracle, 1956.|
|Students pose in front of Waynesburg High School, ca. 1935. (Waynesburg Borough, via greeneconnections.com)|
|Roth Hall, the administration building of Thiel College, is an early design by architects Edward B. Lee and John H. Phillips, 1912. (Source, Thiel College)|