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Stephens City High School Collection

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17


Inventory created by Archives Staff 05/2018. Last revised 02/2019.

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS: Collection is open to all researchers.

USE RESTRICTIONS: Restrictions may apply concerning the use, photoduplication, or publication of items in this collection. Consult a member of the archives staff for information concerning these restrictions. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright.

EXTENT: 0.63 liner feet plus yearbooks (9 volumes)

DATE: 1913-1953

RELATED MATERIAL: Frederick County, Virginia School System Collection, 199 THL; Stonewall School Collection, 1530 WFCHS; James Wood High School Collection, 689 THL

SCOPE AND CONTENT: The Stephens City High School Collection contains a variety of materials concerning the history of the school, its students and alumni.  Obituaries of the former students and faculty are available, filed by class year rather than date of death. Yearbooks from 1938/39,  1940, 1942, 1944, and 1946/47 are available.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Stephens City High School was one of five small high schools located in Frederick County. The other four schools were Middletown, Stonewall, Gore, and Gainesboro. The County established Stephens City High School in 1913. It closed in 1950 when the County consolidated its five smaller high schools and opened James Wood High School. Stephens City High School had 670 students when it closed.

Alumni of Stephens City High School formed an association in 1938 and held reunions annually until 1961. A reorganization of the alumni association took place in 1989 and it now holds reunions every two years.

CITE AS Stephens City High School Collection, 338 WFCHS, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives , Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA





Class of 1943 (folder includes the following):
1943 Graduates of Stephens City High School, 1 leaf, typescript
News Article “Outstanding Students are Presented Awards,” unsourced, 1 leaf, typescript
News Article “Vital Roles in World Events for S. C. Grads” ‘Seer Peers into Future: Reveals Many Intriguing Details,” unsourced, 1 leaf, typescript

Class of 1944 (folder contains the following):
Class Autographs, 1 page, photocopy          
Photos of Freshman Class 1940 and Senior Class 1944, 1 page, photocopy            
Class of 1944 Superlatives, 1 page, photocopy           
Class of 1944 members Still Active and Deceased Listing, 1 leaf, typescript

Faculty and Members – Master List, names and addresses Faculty and Members 1915-1950, updated 1989, 42 pages, typescript

Historical Information (folder contains the following):             
Booklet “History of Stephens City High School and Alumni Association”, 1999, 4 pages, typescript            
History of High School and Alumni Association includes number of Graduates per year and important dates; 3 pages, typescript            
School Song “Hail to Thee Old Stephens City” and 1940 Class Poem,” Out of the Past” Article, Reprint January 8, 1915, 1 page, typescript            
Photocopy from Yearbook, showing Principal Aylor, dated mid-1940’s, 1 page, typescript            
“Out of the Past” article: ‘High School on Fairmont Avenue?’  Dated October 4, 2010, 1 page, typescript            
Photo of the Grade School and cafeteria, undated           
“My First Christmas in Heaven” in memory of Dorothy Herrell Carbaugh, Class of 1939, 1 page, typescript             
News Article, “Reunion Organizers Plan Surprises,” Winchester Star, August 27, 2003, 1 page, typescript

Reunion Listings of Deceased Members (folder includes the following):
Listing of deceased Faculty and Members since last reunion. Alumni reunions were held every two years:
1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005 1 page, typescript       
Deceased Alumni Member Lists: 9-2009, 10-2011, 10-2013 to 5- 2018, 5 leaves, typescript


Classmates who died in World War II (folder includes the following):            
Images of three classmates who died in World War II:        
- Harry John Carbaugh – died 7-6-1943 – South Pacific, 1 page, printed        
- Banks Marvin Lohr – died 3-13-1945 – Germany, 1 page, printed       
- Paxton Wood Orndorff – died 4-6-1945 South Pacific, 1 page printed

Please note, the following obituaries are organized by class year rather than date of death           

Classmate Obituaries 1913-1929: Newspaper obituaries of Stephens City High School Classmates, 13 leaves, printed

Classmate Obituaries 1930-1935, Newspaper obituaries of Stephens City High School Classmates, 11 leaves, printed

Classmate Obituaries 1936-1939, Newspaper obituaries of Stephens City High School Classmates, 18 leaves, printed

Classmate Obituaries1940-1941, Newspaper obituaries of Stephens City High School, 14 leaves, printed

Classmate Obituaries 1942-1944, Newspaper obituaries of Stephens City High School Classmates, 21 leaves, printed

Classmate Obituaries 1945-1949, Newspaper obituaries of Stephens City High School Classmates, 20 leaves, printed

Classmate Obituaries 1950-1953, Newspaper obituaries of Stephens City High School Classmates; this folder also has seven obituaries belonging to friends, 5 leaves, printed

Faculty Obituaries, Newspaper obituaries of faculty members, 7 leaves  (folder includes the following):           

Robert E. Aylor


Ella J. Rudolph

Elsie L. Hovermale


Evelyn B. Goode

James C. Gordon


Mary V. S. Estep

Charlotte L. Strickler


Jennie H. Bass

Bessie Kline


Paul H. Riley

Sue E. Wisecarver


Donald L. Perrault



1938/39 School Daze                      
1940 Newtown Pippin      
1941 Newtown Pippin (2 copies)
1942 Newtown Pippin (2 copies)   
1944 Newtown Pippin     
1946/47 Newtown Pippin (2 copies)

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