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Many of the students stayed at the boarding house that still stands across 8th Street and has since become an apartment building.
Contributed by ray kohler on 8/3/09 - Image Year: 1885

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In October, 1852, David Wilson, in affiliation with David Laughlin, opened the Airy View Academy which presented good educational advantages. (Based on the certification for Ephraim Stewart (below) it originally may have been called the CENTRAL ACADEMY).

The first academy building was located behind the current MiniMart (2009). That building burned down and classes were held in the dormitory until the replacement building was erected in 1852.

In 1914, the building was acquired by the Port Royal School Board and became the Port Royal High School. In 1942 a joint board was formed with Turbett and Spruce Hill Township School Districts and the name was changed again, this time to Tuscarora Valley High School.

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Contributed by rkohler3 on 9/10/09 - Image Year: 1890
This presents an inside view of the Airy View Academy. The main entrance doors can be seen to the rear of the room on the right.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 1/18/12 - Image Year: 1853
ACADEMY CERTIFICATION for EPHRAIM STEWART (1833-1873) "Central Academy Airy View, Aug. 10, 1853. This is to certify that the bearer, Mr. Ephraim Stewart was, for a considerable time a member of this institution; and that he studied English Grammar, Arithmetic, Algebra, etc.; and that we believe him to be qualified to teach the ordinary branches of an English Education. Tuscarora Valley --- David Wilson Juniata Co. --- David Laughlin John Patterson" (Submitted by Wayne Taylor)
Contributed by rkohler3 on 6/5/15 - Image Year: 1888
Airy View Ribbon 1888
Contributed by garthe on 9/22/09
I attended this school for 5 years from 1963-68. I always assumed the name plaque below the South gable end was made of marble. It wasn't until last year, 2008, went I visited the Tuscarora Academy, that the Juniata Historical Society operates, that I came to find that the plaque was made of wood and had weathered all of those years just like the wooden hands on the Juniata Court House clock! -- Garth Brackbill
Contributed by rkohler3 on 8/3/09 - Image Year: 1903
Note that this and earlier pictures of the building show three stories. The third story was apparently removed after the Academy was purchased by the borough for conversion into the Port Royal High School. From that point on it would be a two story building as seen in subsequent pictures.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 9/14/09 - Image Year: 1930
Port Royal High School as it appeared in 1930. The building would not change much from this point until its demolition, however the high school would change from Port Royal HS to Tuscarora Valley HS after this point.
Contributed by ray on 8/23/09 - Image Year: 1954
This is the building as it looked in 1954 when it was still in use as a public high school. It would be used for this purpose for another fourteen years.
Contributed by ray on 8/23/09 - Image Year: 1970
This is a picture of the abandoned building after it was no longer serving as a public high school and shortly before its demolition.
Contributed by ray on 8/23/09 - Image Year: 1973
This picture shows the building during the period of demolition in 1973.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 3/10/13 - Image Year: 1973
This picture shows the building during the period of demolition in 1973.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 3/10/13 - Image Year: 1973
AND THE WALL CAME TUMBLING DOWN: This picture shows the building during the period of demolition in 1973.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 3/1/13 - Image Year: 1974
MONUMENT DEDICATION CEREMONY: Veterans participating in the dedication ceremony are: (l-r) Wendell Longenecker, Jack Niman, John Summers and Kennrth Esh.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 7/7/12 - Image Year: 1974
DEDICATION CEREMONY: Dedication of the site of the Airy View Academy - Port Royal High School - Tuscarora Valley High School. (Photo submitted by Wayne Taylor)
Contributed by rkohler3 on 8/23/09 - Image Year: 2009
This is how the property appears in 2009. It serves as a public park and is in front of the borough municipal building which is behind the monument. The photo was taken from the corner of Main and Eighth Streets.
Contributed by ray on 8/23/09 - Image Year: 2009
The monument at the site. Inscription: AIRY VIEW ACADEMY 1852 - 1908, PORT ROYAL HIGH SCHOOL 1908 - 1942, TUSCARORA VALLEY HIGH SHOOL 1942 - 1968 (The bricks for the monument were laid by Charles "Charlie" W. NAYLOR, son of John Jerome and Susan Kline Naylor and husband of Clara Hart.)
Contributed by rkohler3 on 11/9/09 - Image Year: 1889
This map shows the 700 block of Main Street as it appeared in 1889. This building is represented as #3 on the map.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 11/9/09 - Image Year: 1904
This map shows the 700 block of Main Street as it appeared in 1904. This building is represented as #3 on the map.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 11/9/09 - Image Year: 1911
This map shows the 700 block of Main Street as it appeared in 1911. This building is represented as #3 on the map.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 11/9/09 - Image Year: 1928
This map shows the 700 block of Main Street as it appeared in 1928. This building is represented as #3 on the map.



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