Becky (Houseman) Beasom of Duncansville submitted a Feb. 7, 1961, article from the Altoona Mirror. More than 300 pupils of the Irving Elementary School were getting acquainted with routines in their brand-new half-million-dollar building, into which the first and second grades moved the day before to follow the third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades, which moved in the Friday before. Looking northward from Cherry Avenue, the main entrance (center) opened into a hallway running between the two-story classroom structure, along First Street (right) and the sun-filled kindergarten room (left). Auditorium for the school was in the higher central section to the rear of the main entrance. The boiler room and storage room were in the rear of the kindergarten room, while the health office and the principal’s office were off the center hallway, which connected the main building with the auditorium-kindergarten wing. The building replaced an 88-year-old building at Lexington Avenue and Second Street. It is now called McAuliffe Heights at Irving Elementary. The other photo shows Miss Regina Howard’s first-grade class. Moving day was accomplished when each child arrived carrying his or her equipment from the old building in brown shopping bags. There were two classrooms for each grade in the new building.


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