2017-03-31 / Community

A Window on the Past

Cape Elizabeth High School, class of 1884
By Kathryn Onos DiPhilippo
South Portland Historical Society


Charles Libby, George Kirth, Harry Jordan, Blanche Mills and Emma Higgins. The principal of the high school was D. Winslow Hawkes. Several of these names are still quite familiar to us. If you have any information to share on any of these people, please give the historical society a call at 767-7299 or send us an email at sphistory04106@gmail.com. Charles Libby, George Kirth, Harry Jordan, Blanche Mills and Emma Higgins. The principal of the high school was D. Winslow Hawkes. Several of these names are still quite familiar to us. If you have any information to share on any of these people, please give the historical society a call at 767-7299 or send us an email at sphistory04106@gmail.com. This week’s A Window on the Past looks on the members of the class of 1884, posing for a portrait outside Cape Elizabeth High School. Of course, in 1884 the two current-day communities of South Portland and Cape Elizabeth were one combined town known as Cape Elizabeth.

The building that was used as our high school was originally built in 1873 as the town hall on the corner of Ocean and Sawyer streets. The high school was established in 1875 and the second floor of town hall was used for classroom instruction. Our high school remained in that building until it was destroyed by fire on Jan. 17, 1921. Classes were then held at the Broadway/Henley School temporarily until the new high school was built and opened on the corner of Ocean Street and Broadway.

While the photograph shown here isn’t marked to identify each specific student, there is a list of the members of the class of 1884, as follows: Douglas Taylor, Fannie Frost, Dan Cobb, Charles Willard, Mystic Harlow, Winfield Pillsbury, Horace Hutchinson, Maggie Loughran,

Kathryn Onos DiPhilippo is executive director of South Portland Historical Society.

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