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Mansfield High School Faculty
In the lower picture the school is pictured in 1920. The  picture at left shows the old schoool in the right background with the addition in front. The old school was eventually torn down. In its place now stands the larger part of the present High School.

Mansfield High School Faculty

1913 to 1916
1917 to 1918
1919 to 1920
1921 to 1922
1923 to 1924
1925 to 1926
1927 to 1928
1929 to 1930
1931 to 1933
1934 to 1935
1936 to 1937
Back: ?, Nettie Shepard, ?, ?
Front: ? , Longstreet, Jones, Roff
May 1912 Appointmens. Principal, W.R. Longstreet; Vice Principal, Allen Rockwell, Supervisor of Art and Music, Miss Rae Mathews, Grade Teachers – Mrs. Edith Shaw Taylor, Miss Nettie Shepard. Miss Bertha Roff, Ellsworth Beach.
1926 Yearbook Photo - Faculty

Back: Grove, Knapp, Burnham, Horton, Bailey
Front: Miller, Longstreet, Roff, Stepler
Name Class Taught
W.R. Longstreet Principal, American History, Book-keeping
Warren L. Miller Vice Principal, Science Department, Athlete Coach, Senior Class advisor
Marion Knapp Senior English, French, Senior Class Advisor
Bertha Roff Junior English, Sophomore English, L.S.C. Critic
Ada Mae Horton Latin Department, Junior Class Advisor
Helen M. Stepler History Department
Elizabeth Grove Domestic Science Department, Sophomore Class Advisor
Leo Bailey Agriculture Department, Sophomore Class Advisor
Fredrick Burnham Mathematics Department, Junior Class Advisor
Music in charge of Miss Jones and Mr. Myers
Name Class Taught
W. R. Longstreet Principal, American History, Bookkeeping
Warren L. Miller Vice Principal, Science Department, Athletic Coach, Senior Class Advisor
Bertha Roff Senior English, Junior English, L.S.C. Critic
Mary Paluso Sophomore English, French, Assistant L.S.C.Critic
Ada Mae Horton Latin Department, Junior Class Advisor
Helen M. Stepler History Department, Sophomore Class Advisor
Elizabeth Grove Domestic Science Department, Senior Class Advisor
Leo Bailey Agriculture Department, Sophomore Class Advisor
Frederick Burnham Mathematics Department, Junior Class Advisor
Music in charge of Mrs. Hartman
1927 Faculty - Yearbook Photo

Back: Bailey, Burnham, Miller, Horton
Front: Paluso, Roff, Longstreet, Grove, Stepler
1928 Faculty - Yearbook Photo

Back: Paluso, Bates, Bailey, Ackley, Horton, Grove
Front" Miller, Longstreet, Stepler
W.R. Longstreet Principal, American History, Book-keeping
Warren L. Miller Vice-Principal, Science Department, Athletic Coach, Senior Class Advisor
Mary N. Paluso Senior English, French, L.S.C. Critic
Elizabeth Bates Sophomore and Junior English
Ada Mae Horton Latin Department, Junior Class Advisor, Librarian
Helen M. Stepler Sophomore and Junior History, Sophomore Class Advisor
Elizabeth Grove  Domestic Science Department, Senior Class Advisor
Leo Bailey Agriculture Department, Sophomore Class Advisor
Willard Ackley Mathematics Department, Junior Class Advisor
Music in charge of Mrs. Steadman 

1930 Faculty - Yearbook Photo

Back: Bates, Gleckler, Miller, ?, ?, Horton, Bailey, W. Webster
Front: Ackley, Stepler
Willard E. Ackley, B.S., Principal, Math.

College: Mansfield State Teachers College
Experience: Six years Orwell District, Bradford County; Mansfield Senior High School, 1927____.

Warren L. Miller, B.S., Vice Principal, Athletic Coach, Senior Class Advisor.
Education:  Mansfield State Normal School, graduate, 1919; University of Pennsylvania, 1920-22                  Summer session University of Pennsylvania, 1924-26; Mansfield State Teachers College, 1928.
Experience: Dorrancetown High School, 1919-20; Principal Whittier School, Dunellen, N.J., 1922-23; present position, 1923____ . 

Leo J. Bailey, B.S., Director of Vocational Agriculture.
 Education: Mansfield State Normal School, 1913; Pennsylvania State College, 1924; Pennsylvania State College, post-graduate work, summer, 1928.
Experience: Rural School, Tioga County, 1913-16: Westmoreland County, 1916-17: U.S. Army, 1917-19; present position, 1924________.


Mary Elizabeth Bates, B.S., English, History, Junior Class Advisor, Faculty Advisor “Senior Hi-Light”.
Education: Mansfield High School; Mansfield State Normal School; Mansfield State Teachers College.
Experience: Two years, Tioga High School; Mansfield High School, 1927______.

Mrs. Clark, Supervisor Home Economics, Sophomore Advisor.
Education: Indiana State Teachers College.
Experience: One year, Pennhurst, Pa., 1921; Four years Wellsboro High School, 1922-26.

Ada M. Horton, R.P., Latin, Librarian.
Education: Alfred University, Mansfield State Teachers College, Shippensburg State Normal School.
Experience: Principal, Leetonia: Principal, South Vineland; Assistant Principal, Mt. Jewett; Present position, 1923_____.

Gertrude A Smiley, A.B., French, English IV, Dramatic Club Advisor, Junior Class Advisor, Faculty Advisor of “Senior Hi-Light”.
Education: Towanda Public School, Pennsylvania State College.
Experience: Kingston Township High School, 1928-29; Mansfield Senior High School,1929_____.

Helen M. Stepler, A.B., World History, American History, Problems of Democracy, Senior Class Advisor, Girls’ Basketball Team Chaperon.
Education: Chambersburg High School; Wilson College, 1925; Shippensburg State Teachers College, summer Session, 1928.
Experience: Mansfield Senior High School, 1925_____.

Wayne Webster, Algebra, Biology, Sophomore Class Advisor.
Education: Mansfield State Teachers College,
Experience: Four years teacher of one room rural school, six years principal of Springville High School, present position, 1929____.

Marion Gleckler, B.L. I., Secretary.
Education: Mansfield State Teachers College; Emerson College; Boston University; University of Pittsburgh; Post-graduate, Mansfield State Teachers College.
Experience: Two years at South Fork; one year at Pittsburgh; Present position, 1929_____.

1941 Faculty - Yearbook Photo
Ackley 1931
BATES, Elizabeth -  Mrs. Elizabeth B. Smith, 73, of Lansdowne, formerly of Mansfield, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 1976, at her home. She was the widow of Reed E. Smith. Mrs. Smith was born at Mansfield on Jan. 21, 1903, a daughter of John Philip and Sadie Long Bates. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Lansdowne. A graduate of the former Mansfield Normal School, she had taught in the Mansfield and Tioga areas for several years. Surviving is a sister, Mrs. Sarah B. Randal of Liberty, NY. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, September 19, in Prospect Cemetery, Mansfield. The Rev. William F. Emery 3rd, pastor of First Presbyterian Church will officiate. There will be no visitation. - The Wellsboro Gazette [Wellsboro, PA], 15 September 1976
Mansfield High School 1921
Mansfield State Normal School 1923
Mansfield High School Faculty 1927- ?

Mansfield Advertiser, August 1954
Philip Brennan Hired as Member of Faculty
Philip Brennan, son of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Brennan, of Lawrenceville, has been hired as a member of the mathematics department of the new Williamson Junior-Senior High School which is to be opened September 7 at 9:00 a.m. Mr. Brennan was born in 1929 at Lawrenceville; graduated from the High School here in 1947; graduated from Mansfield State Teachers College in 1951. July, 1951, he entered the United States Coast Guard; enlistment for three years. October, 1951, departed USCG receiving center, Cape May, NJ; October, 1951, reported USCG base, Buffalo, NY; April, 1952, reported USCG training station, Groton, Conn., for 24 weeks training in radioman school; October 2, 1952, radio Station, Cleveland, Ohio; March 2, 1953, reported aboard US Coast Guard Cutter Mable, Ogdensburg, NY; July 10, 1954, released from active duty. He is not married and will make his home with his parents.

BURNHAM, Frederick D.
 Frederick D. Burnham, age 69, of Mansfield, died Monday, Feb. 5, 1968 at the Divine Providence Hospital, Williamsport, following an extended illness.  Funeral will be at the Shaw and Robena Funeral Home, Mansfield, Thursday at 1 p.m.  Rev. Harry A. Sagar will officiate.  Burial will be in Prospect Cemetery, Mansfield.  Survived by wife, Mrs. Lillian Cummings Burnham; daughter Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Hoffman; son Frederick D. Burnham, Jr., both of Mansfield; three grandchildren, Kurt, Sandra and Julie Hoffman, all of Mansfield.  He was a veteran of World War I; American Legion; Methodist Church, Mansfield; belong to Mansfield Lodge I.O.O.F. No. 526; member of Canton Encampment No. 319, Tyco No. 10; member of Friendship Lodge No. 247.  He was the tax assessor of Mansfield Borough.  Mr. Burnham graduated from Mansfield State College in 1921 and from Syracuse University in 1925.  He taught at the Mansfield High School before becoming an employee at the Mansfield Post Office from which he retired several years ago.  Old Fellows Committal was held Wednesday evening at 7:30 and a Masonic Committal at 8:00.

GLECKLER - Miss Marion Esther Gleckler, 79, a resident of Sycamore Manor, formerly of St. James St., Mansfield, died at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 5, 1981, in Williamsport Hospital, where she had been admitted March 30. She was born Nov. 1, 1901, at Nauvoo, the daughter of Grant and Edith Middaugh Gleckler. She was a teacher for many years at Mansfield High School. Miss Gleckler was a member of Mansfield Presbyterian Church. She was a charter member of the Utopian Literary Club, Mansfield, and a member of the Mansfield Garden Club. She was a past member of Pi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma and the Pennsylvania State Education Assn. And National Education Assn. There are no immediate survivors. The funeral was held Wednesday at the Kuhl Funeral Home, Mansfield. Burial was in Salem-St. Paul Cemetery, Liberty. - Wellsboro Gazette, April 8, 1981

HORTON - Miss Ada May Horton, 91, of E. Main St., Mansfield, Pa. Died February 15, 1957 after an extended illness. She was a former teacher in Mansfield schools for many years and also taught in Tioga and Potter County Schools. She was a member of the Mansfield Presbyterian Church. She is survived by a brother, Capt. Fred Horton with the US Navy at Virginia Beach, Va.; nephew, Bayard(?) Gambell and Miss Eleanor Gambell, both of Vineland, NJ. Services were held in Prospect Cemetery on Sunday, February 17th at 2 p.m. with the Rev. John R. Hays officiating. - Wellsboro Agitator, 7 March 1957

William R. Longstreet
First Principal
County Superintendent of Schools
19 MAR 1858 - 13 MAY 1935
Oakwood Cemetery, Mansfield
Wellsboro Agitator, May 15, 1935
W.R. Longstreet died Monday
Former County Supt. of Schools had Long and Useful Career
LONGSTREET - Prof. William R. Longstreet, well known throughout the Northern Tier as an educator died early Monday, May 13, at his home in Mansfield, aged 76 years. He was a graduate of the Mansfield Normal, and served 14 years as principal of its training school. In 1898 he was elected County Superintendent of Schools to fill an unexpired term and served four terms, becoming principal of the Mansfield-Richmond High school in 1912. He retired in 1929. As county School Superintendent he was active in school centralization and consolidation, a step he initiated on the belief that children in rural communities were entitled to advantages on a par with those offered in larger schools.
 He was born near Lake Arid, PA, March 19, 1859 and with his family removed to Pompton, PA, when his father returned from service in the civil war. He attended Pompton schools and the Pompton Academy, teaching a term before he was 16 to aid in supporting a family that had been left fatherless. Graduating from the Academy he took a business course in Scranton and taught there two years, serving one year as principal. He spent a year in business in Honesdale, and read law for a year, removing to Mansfield in 1882. As principal of the Normal Training School he organized a military unit known as the Normal Guards. He married Miss Lucy L. Ransome, a Wellsboro teacher, July 25, 1888. She survives with two sons, Prince of Harrisburg, and William of Athens, Ohio; two daughters, Louise, a teacher in Passaic, NJ, and Mrs. Olive Newell of Springfield, Ill.; a sister, Mrs. L.W. Peck of Scranton, and three grandchildren. He was a member of Friendship Lodge, F.&A.M., and the Mansfield Presbyterian church. - Wellsboro Agitator, May 15, 1935
 Retired Mansfield High School principal Warren L. Miller, age 83, died on Sunday, Nov. 7, 1982, at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro. He was born Sept. 16, 1899 on a farm in Sullivan Township, the son of Charles and Helen Kelly Miller. Mr. Miller graduated from Mansfield Normal School in 1919 and received his bachelor's degree in education in 1928 from Mansfield State Teachers College.  He received his masters degree from Bucknell University in 1937. Mr. Miller, of 78 St. James St., had taught, coached, and supervised at Mansfield High School for 41 years.  He was principal of that school from 1930-1934 and supervising principal until his retirement in 1964. During his tenure, Mr. Miller coached every sport at the school, including football, baseball, basketball, track, and soccer. Two years after Mr. Miller retired, when a new elementary school in Mansfield was completed, the school board voted to name it after him. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mansfield, member of the Kiwanis Club of Mansfield, member and past master of Friendship Lodge #247 Mansfield, member of the Mansfield American Legion.  He was one of the original organizers of the Corey Creek Golf Club, was one of the original members of the Northern Tier Broadcasting Council, active for many years in Boy Scouting, and was the recipient of the Silver Beaver Award. He received an honorary membership in the Future Farmers of America in 1961. He is survived by his wife, Mildred (Menge) Miller; two daughters, Mrs. Paul (Eleanor) Reed, Gloversville, NY, and Mrs. Edward (Jo Ann) Lemos of Dover, NH; two sons, Robert G. of Mainesburg, and C. Richard of Harrisburg; one brother, Paul, of Kane; 13 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 pm at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Benjamin Nevin, his pastor, officiating.  Burial at State Road Cemetery, Mainesburg. Donations may be made in his memory to the charity of your choice. Arrangements in charge of the Kuhl Funeral Home at Mansfield.
ROFF, Bertha - Mrs. Bertha Mae Rockwell, age 93, of 5 West Main Street, Hummelstown, Pa., died Tuesday, April 26, 1983 at the Alpine Retirement Center at Hershey. She was born at Seeley Creek in Tioga county on May 2, 1890, the daughter of the late Edmond and Mary Claggett Roff. She was a graduate of Bucknell University and was a retired librarian at Mansfield State College. She was a member of the First Methodist Church at Hershey; was the widow of Burt A. Rockwell who preceded her in death in 1969. Surviving are two stepdaughters, Louise, wife of Thomas Harris of Mansfield, and Allene, wife of Emil Foster of Hershey, and a stepson, Joseph M. Rockwell, also of Hershey. Services and interment will be held at the convenience of the family in the Prospect Cemetery at Mansfield. Arrangements by the Trefz Funeral Home, Hummelstown. - Wellsboro Gazette, 4 May 1983

Graduated Mansfield State Normal School 1909
Taught at Mansfield High School 1912 to 1927

SMITH, Renabel  - Mrs. Merrill Brodrick, 28, died at the Arnot Ogden Hospital on January 28 [1938], after a severe illness which lasted several weeks. Before her marriage, Mrs. Brodrick was Renabel Smith, only daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd Smith of 111 St. James Street. She married Merrill Brodrick on Feb. 5, 1933. She was graduated with honors from both the high school in 1927 and from the Mansfield State Teachers College in 1930. She was an outstanding basketball star while in high school and a basketball coach of unusual ability during her teaching period at the high school. She taught school for four years in the Mansfield Senior High School and was an extraordinarily successful teacher because she was loved and respected by her pupils. Mrs. Brodrick was an active and enthusiastic member of the Methodist Church and of the Utopian Literary Club. Her membership in any organization meant a definite and forceful interest on her part. Any task which was assigned to her was done thoroughly, competently and willingly. For this she was noted. She had the unusual ability of excelling in any duty which she performed. She is survived by her husband, two children, Marjory Jean and Robert Merrill; and her parents. A prayer service was held at the home of her parents Monday at 2:30 p.m. after which a service was held at the Methodist Church. The Rev. Charles H. Ouderkirk of the Mansfield Methodist Church officiated. Burial was in Prospect Cemetery.
Helen Stepler joined the Mansfield faculty before 1926. She taught generations of Mansfield students in her history classes into the 1960s. Following her marriage she was known as Helen Strait.

STEPLER –MRS. HELEN S. STRAIT age 68 of Mansfield, Pa. Friday, March 26, 1971 at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro. Friends are invited to call at the Shaw & Robena Funeral Home, Mansfield, Saturday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Funeral in the First Baptist Church of Mansfield, Sunday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Benjamin E. Nevin.  Burial Oakwood Cemetery.  Survived by husband, Harold Strait; mother, Mrs. Mary B.Stepler of Washington, N.J.; brother, Howard R. Stepler of Waynesboro, Pa., niece, Mrs. Jeanne Z. Benoit of Ocean City, N.J.; two nephews, Stuart A.Zimmerman Jr. of Columbia, Mo., Howard R. Stepler, Jr. of Frederick, Md.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Helen S. Strait Scholarship Fund in care of Mrs. Eben Brace, Mansfield or the Memorial Fund at the First Baptist Church of Mansfield.  –Elmira Star Gazette 

William Wanich
Gladys BROWN Young - 
BROWN - GLADYS BROWN YOUNG, 73 years of age, of 50 North Hill Terrace, Mansfield, died today, Mar. 26, 1986, at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. She was born Nov. 25, 1912, in Owego, NY, the daughter of Leon and Clara Wheeler Brown. Mrs. Young was a member of the New Covenant Church, Mansfield. She taught science classes in the Mansfield High School and former Mansfield State College, retiring in 1978. She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Sharon Young, Chapel Hill, NC; a daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Bernard Hahnke, Blue Point, NY; 7 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Friends may call at the Scureman Funeral Home, 130 S. Main St., Mansfield, Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 am at her church with the Rev. David Bauman officiating. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Mansfield. The family will provide flowers. Those wishing to make donations may do so to the Mansfield Foundation Gladys B. Young Scholarship Fund, c/o Mansfield University.

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