"History of Burgettstown High School"
originally represented the combined educational efforts of Burgettstown Borough and Union High School . The two school boards met in 1917 and decided to erect a joint high school. Construction was started, but it was not until after the Christmas holidays of 1918 that the student body was able to occupy the building. Smith Township
Approximately 150 students were enrolled in
when it first opened and attendance was increased year by year, the 1974-75 enrollment being over 1,350 students. Facilities at “Old U.H.S.” included a main building, industrial arts, music building, mechanical drawing building and home economics buildings, each under separate roofs. Special facilities included an auditorium and gymnasium, administration office, office of the supervising principal, teacher’s room and a health room; however, neither a cafeteria nor kitchen was provided for in the building. Union High SchoolAfter enduring forty-six years and perhaps ten thousand students, the school was completely destroyed by fire on Thursday, March 21, 1963at . The school was completely destroyed in less than three hours. The reported cause of the fire was faulty electrical wiring. The blaze was discovered by the janitor in the ceiling near the front of the auditorium.Many important documents and records were saved, but thousands of other items were lost. died on a March day, but the memories associated with it live on.Fortunately, the new Old Union High School was in the process of construction. Even though the building was incomplete, occupancy was necessary, due to the disaster. Classes such as home economics, art, physical education, industrial arts, etc., could not be resumed. The school year was completed under this handicap. The 1963-64 school year saw the completion of the building. The joint efforts of Burgettstown Borough, Burgettstown Area Junior-High School , and Smith Township were realized. Jefferson TownshipDuring the 1965-66 academic year, officially became part of this school district. At this time, students from this area became part of the “Blue Devil” team. With the beginning of the 1976-77 school year, the official name of the high school became Hanover Township . During the school year 2000-2001, the District changed the instructional program of the school to address middle level education. As of Burgettstown Area Junior-High School July 1, 2001, the school became known as . In 2007, the district renovationed/updated Burgettstown Area Middle-High School. Burgettstown Area Middle-High School