This Week in Local History: Abington school news of the past

Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com
Robert Coffin, then in fourth grade, helped out during a South Abington school clothing drive in 1967. - Abington Journal file photos
Posing in a 1977 promo shot for the Abington Heights High School North Campus annual Christmas program and pageant were kings James Rowland, Robert Baust and James Bremer and angel Gretchen Eagen. - Abington Journal file photos
Wendy Grill portrayed Mary in Abington Heights High School’s 1977 Christmas production. - Abington Journal file photos

1967 — South Abington fourth-grade student Robert Coffin was shown in a the front page photograph piling up bags of clothes the school had recently sent to Appalachia.

“The school council organized the clothe-in by bringing clothes and shoes from home, piling them in bags and having them sent to such states as Kentucky and Tennessee,” read the photo caption.

1977 — Students at the Abington Heights High School North Campus were preparing for their annual Christmas program and pageant.

Performing in the portrayal of the biblical Christmas story were Wendy Grill, as Mary; Gary Gwozdz, as Joseph; Scott Barton, narrator; Gretchen Eagen, an angel; Alan Thurston, Dennis Eberhardt and John Lewis, as shepherds; James Bremrer, Robert Baust and James Rowland, as the three kings; Thomas Philbin, as “the Boy,” and Laurinda Lee, as “the Girl.”

Robert Coffin, then in fourth grade, helped out during a South Abington school clothing drive in 1967.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ABJ-LH-1213-1967.jpgRobert Coffin, then in fourth grade, helped out during a South Abington school clothing drive in 1967. Abington Journal file photos

Posing in a 1977 promo shot for the Abington Heights High School North Campus annual Christmas program and pageant were kings James Rowland, Robert Baust and James Bremer and angel Gretchen Eagen.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ABJ-LH-1213-1977a.jpgPosing in a 1977 promo shot for the Abington Heights High School North Campus annual Christmas program and pageant were kings James Rowland, Robert Baust and James Bremer and angel Gretchen Eagen. Abington Journal file photos

Wendy Grill portrayed Mary in Abington Heights High School’s 1977 Christmas production.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ABJ-LH-1213-1977b.jpgWendy Grill portrayed Mary in Abington Heights High School’s 1977 Christmas production. Abington Journal file photos

Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister

ebaumeister@timesleader.com

Reach Elizabeth Baumeister at 570-704-3943 or on Twitter @AbingtonJournal.

Reach Elizabeth Baumeister at 570-704-3943 or on Twitter @AbingtonJournal.