COOPER B. HATCH MIDDLE SCHOOL

Cooper B. Hatch Middle School stands on the northwest corner of Park Boulevard and Bradley Avenue in the Parkside section of Camden NJ. Completed in 1924 at the cost of $500,000, the school was built for a capacity of 1000 students. The architect was Clyde Smith Adams, who also designed the Alfred Cramer School and the Harry C. Sharp School. Hatch Junior High School has 33 classrooms, a 1200 seat auditorium, and a gymnasium.

The school was named for Cooper B. Hatch, one of Camden's leading citizens in the late 19th and early 20th century. Born in the then farmhouse that now houses the Camden County Historical Society, Hatch became involved in politics early in life. he served on the Board of freeholders and on City Council, finally being elected mayor of the City of Camden in 1898. During his term, which ended in 1902, the Manual Training and High School was built, at the corner of Haddon and Newton Avenues. This building would serve as Camden's high school until the completion of the current Camden High School at Park and Baird Boulevards in 1918.

Manual Training and High School
Haddon Avenue
Camden NJ

This school was known as
Burrough Junior High School
after 1918

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Cooper B. Hatch promoted other projects while mayor of Camden, including the first asphalt paving in the city, and improvements to the municipal water system. After leaving the Mayor's office, Cooper B. Hatch continued in public service, serving as the Sheriff of Camden County from 1908 to 1911.

Cooper B. Hatch

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A lifelong bachelor, Cooper B. Hatch spent the later years of his life living at 206 North 6th Street in Camden, with his mother and sister. He passed away in February of 1922, and his buried at Evergreen Cemetery.

Cooper B. Hatch
Junior High School

1925

"9AS Graduating Class"

Tommy Skymer
1st row seated, 4th from left

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Graduating Class of the Hatch Junior High School
February 1926
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Hatch Junior High School, graduating class of February 1926 (classes were half year back then).  My father, Robert Morris, is seated in the extreme lower right.  He was 14 at the time.  

Louis Morris
September, 2006

Camden Courier-Post

January 30, 1928

 

Camden Courier-Post - January 31, 1928

PARKSIDE WILL WITNESS TEA ROOM PLAY TONIGHT

A play, “Tea Topper Tea Room” will be presented by the young people of Parkside in the Hatch Junior High School auditorium this evening at 8:00 o’clock. 

The play is sponsored by the Community Brotherhood of Parkside Inc., with L.O. Rittenhouse, chairman of the entertainment committee. The organization has as its purpose the furnishing of entertainment to 250 members each month.

Camden Courier-Post - June 20, 1933

HATCH JUNIOR HIGH TO GRADUATE 373 TOMORROW NIGHT 
Interesting Program Arranged for Exercises in School Auditorium 
NOTABLES TO ATTEND

A class of 373 will be graduated tomorrow night from Cooper B. Hatch Junior High School at exercises in the auditorium, Euclid Avenue and Park Boulevard

The program: Processional, orchestra; invocation, Rev. C. W. Dannenhauer, pastor of Parkside Baptist Church; welcome to guests, Charles Livingston, president of the class; message to graduates, Rev. Elwood A. Harrar, pastor of First Baptist Church; song by the graduates; A Century of Progress in Science, Carl Matt; selection by the orchestra; As Right as Roosevelt, Miriam Reiff; song by the graduates, presentation of gifts, award of special honors; announcement of graduates, by Carleton R. Hopkins, principal; benediction, Rev. Irving Maxwell, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church; recessional, orchestra.

The graduates: 

James Adams, Earl Benton, Irving Brown, Giovanni Di Benedetta, Robert Fischenberg, Milton Fox, Felix Hanaka, Adolph Holzman, Anthony Juliano. Edward Lewandowski. Robert Lowell Mason, Marvin Mazer, Peter Miskiewicz, Merion Rornineck, Arthur Rosenkranz, Manuel Rose, Morris Segal, Richard Ward. 

Anna Batter, Mary Boldrin, Alberta Campbell, Marguerite Coligan, Jennie Dziubczynski, Dorothy Glazer, Stella Jakubowska, Mary Misik, Helen Oksten, Katherine O'Laughlin, Mary Plaskon, Clara Prokopik. 

Dorothy Schoelkopf, Helen Statziewicz, Sophia Stefanski, Eleanor Wiencik, William Bisgrove, Joseph Carroll, Dominic Di Persia, Joseph Dorfman, Max Feinberg, Alvin Hamilton, Joseph Jaroszewski, Vernon Jones, Edgar Kenton, Edward Levan, Robert Lumpkin, Carl Matt, Irving Sherman, George Smith, Manuel Stein, John H. Strickland, Edgar Trigg, Leonard Wolfson, Lillian Fox, Doris Harvey, Lucille Johnston, Viola Jones, Helen Kuleznska, Eileen Lockhart, Matilda Lomax, Geraldine McCall, Nina Mitrotz. 
Ruth Munyan, Dorothea Murray, Beulah Paletz, Doris Peterson, Virginia Presber, Anna May Sacker, Sylvia Solof, Esther Spiegle, William Alper, Karl Bielecki, Frank Feinstein, William Fox, Perry Honey, Joffre Walker, Helen Brickner, Louise Brown, Naomi Brown, Eva Burch, Ruth Carmona, Tilly Gelman, May Goodway, Thelma Henderson, Vivian Johnson, Lillian Klonowiski, Mary Lowber, Bernice Martin. 

Beatrice Millegrano, Virginia Showell, Vernice Smith, Evelyn Snyder, Sylvia Soffer, Catherine Turner, Juanita White, Sophie Adamska, Mary Battaglia, Elizabeth Battist, Rita Bigley, Irene Blaker, Doris Bullock, Rita Di Mauro, Mary Doyle, Ida Giordano, Miriam Hobbs, Selma Johnsen, Dorothy Klein, Longina Korkus, Filimina Labato, Alma Matthews, Ellen McIntyre, Jennie Mosier. 

Elizabeth Norris, Adele Odlen, Helen Oten, Rose Paradise, Jennie Puccio, Anna Putnam, Miriam Reiff, Yetta Rosenberg, Evelyn Russell, Theresa Scheller, Bernice Segal, Irene Shalkowski, Steffie Teller, Rose Toffer, Anna Wlasco, Mary Yeager. 

Marie Bevers Anna Beyer, Frances Borman, Angelina Bosco, Helen Bushko, Helen Chodnicka, Marie Croneberger , Marie Cunningham, Carmela D'Abando, Dorothy Deering, Katherine Deets, Blanche Dmochowski, Dorothy Doughty, Helen Druszek, Dorothy Genter, Millie Gligor, Mary Hornel, Eleanor Huebler, Anna Kanzler, Helen Lubonski, Sylvia Luscher.

Helen Maciejewska, Jane Maier, May McElmoyl, Edith Plotnick, Stella Plucinska, Helen Rogowski, Goldie Shectman, Jeannie Schmidt, Evelyn Schultz, Charlotte Smith, Stella Stankiewicz, Hedwig Stemborski, Angeline Sturban, Marie Van Reiche, Ella May Wyatt, Nicholas Capello, Harold Cohen, William Cooper, Louis Crea, Marion Cybulski, Leon Deets, David Evans, Bruce Farrar, Daniel Ferber, Seymour Gerber, Barney Goldstein, Herman Gordon, Theodore Hamer, Marion Ignaczewski. 

Harry Kaufman, Sidney Lichtman, Jacob Plevinsky, Edward Ravitsky, Edwin Rauh, Marjin Sackoff, James Sullivan, Francis Szczepankiewicz, Joseph Voloshyn, Alfred Zbikowski, John Zizak.

Angelina Bronco, Helen Lewis, Helen Maciejko, Josephine Pirrotta, Margaret Ratchford. Verona Schnor, Mildred Shimkus; Mary Shipp, Angelina Tenerelli, Anna Urban, Emily Wielusz, John Bugalski, Leon Casper, Vincent Frank. 

John Golen, John Gorski, George Kincler, John Klincewicz, Joseph Niedzwiecki, Anthony Orzechowski, Charles Patterson, Tony Robina, Joseph Sacilowski, Albert Stuzke, Henry Thompson, Benjamin Zukowski. 

Adella Bromke, Blanche Fanfara, Pauline Frenia, Novella Kee, Helena Knott, Angeline Marcucci, Edith Marsh, Elizabeth Miller, Doris Penn, Helen Pisa, Helen Pucikowska, Stella Roszkowska, Catherine Rutkowska, Alice Snyder, Rose Zippilli. 

Morris Bardock, Frank Bleja, Lawrence Bloxsom, Michael Bottalico, Frank Brown, John Bush, Toby Caparole, Robert Carpenter, Roxie Di Felice, Stanley Dyjak, Mitchell Ebling, Teddy Gawel, Thomas Gruning, William Heins, Fred Hoffman, Thorsten Jacobsen, Thomas Johnson, Chester Karwanski, Julius Kasinski, Harry Klietman, Edward Koloskey, Albert Levine, Charles Livingston, John Maciejewski. 

Louis Mancini, Henry Nasielski, Michael Neri, Michael Picini, Stanley Reaczyk, Benjamin Rice, Walter Ruzniar, Morris Sangerio, Albert Sayles, Carlton Schwartz, John Sharpel, Edmund Smiechowski, Frederick Tamru, Albert Toperzer, Edward Watson, Francis Andriella, Herman Atkins, Daniel Barbarito, Walter Bogarci, Frank Bradway, Morris Brahen, Henry Brandt, Isadore Braunstein, Milton Brown, Joseph Bulczak, Patsy Cocchiaraley, Isaac Diamond, Albert Di Patrizio. Paul Falconiero. 

John Farre, John Felton, Philip Holder, Carl Holly, Anthony Jaskiewicz, Richard Johnson, Joseph Kazlaucnas, Armand Kilker, Frank Korkowski, William Louck, James La Marro, Robert McDonald, Eugene Merta, Stanley Moscariello, Benjamin Mrozowski, Walter Mulkiewicz, Albert Paradiso, Joseph Puhala, Stanley Rykiel, Robert Sage, Alysius Siedleski, Henry Zbieratzki, Rose Abbott, Edna Anderson, Mary Blackiston, Cecelia Blasiole, 
Anna Brown, Olga Carr, Edith Flacco, Jessie Flanagan, Laura Gembalik, Mildred Getomer, Caroline Gondolf. 

Ethel Haigh, Mary Herzer, Charlotte Jagielski, Cecelia Laskowska, Mildred Ley, Bertha Linneman, Doris Martz, Mary Melko, Olga Norvich, Veneslava Ondeiska, Kathryn Osborne, Anna Russo, Edith Smith, Harriet Sykes, Naomi Sypherd, Helen Szymanski, Stella Taraskiewicz, Marie Todoro, Regina Weiranch, Stephen Anyzek, Joseph Brady, Thomas Britton, Cadaldo Bucci, Henry Campbell, James Cannon, Carmen Corrado, Conrad Deauter.
Arthur Dougherty, Robert Fetzko, Maurice Fritz, Alfred Gebhard, Jack Gordon, Philip Harker, Clarence Holt, Edward Hunt, Charles Kaderowsky, Edward Kowalski, William Lockett, Stanley MacDonald, Charles Marks, Thomas Scarduzio, James Williams, Charles Wilson, Charles Wisniewski, Stanley Zawoyski, Blanche Carter, Virginia Cheesman, Ruth Gilyard, Evelyn Henderson, Mary Johnson, Ida Kinchon, Edith Lowber, Ella Mapp, Carrie Robinson, Viola Sharp, Anna Whiteman.

Camden Courier-Post - June 22, 1933

CAMDEN WILL OPEN SUMMER CLASSES SOON 
First School to Aid Those Who Failed to Start Next Wednesday

Camden's first Summer school, to aid students who have failed junior or senior high schools, will be opened next Wednesday morning in Cooper B. Hatch Junior High School, Park Boulevard and Euclid Avenue, and continued until August 9. 

Dr. Leon N. Neulen, superintendent of Schools, announced late yesterday that the board of education had approved the proposal and issued the following statement to explain its operation: 

"Any students, who have made failure in ninth, tenth, eleventh or twelfth grade subjects are eligible to enroll for those subjects only. No student will be permitted to carry more than two subjects or to undertake work in any subject new to him.

"The Summer session curriculum will cover all school work above the eighth grade in Latin, French, Spanish, English, German, modern European history, early European history, American history, economics. algebra, geometry, general mathematics, vocational mathematics, advanced mathematics, bookkeeping, shorthand, typewriting, chemistry, physics and biology.

"Instruction will be diagnostic and remedial. Instruction will be carried on by 30 advanced students from the school of education at Temple University, under the supervision of John J. Danaher, Miss Marion Lukens, Dr. Walter N. Myers, Everett Townsend and T.W. Trembath, of the Camden faculties. 

"Students will report for enrollment in Hatch Junior High School auditorium at 9 a. m. on June 28, Classes will be in session from 8.30 until 11.30 daily.

"All pupils resident in Camden will be required to deposit one dollar when they enroll, which will be returned to them upon the satisfactory completion of their work. A tuition fee of five dollars will be required from all non-resident pupils."

Camden Courier-Post - June 22, 1933

WOMEN-AND WHAT THEY ARE DOING

MISS IRENE J. REGER

Miss Irene J. Reger Presides at National Convention of Nurses Now in Session in Chicago

By ISABEL M. ELLIS

Miss Irene J. Reger, R.N., of this city, is in Chicago, Illinois for the next two weeks where she is presiding at the annual convention of the National Homeopathic Nurses' Association of which she has been president for the last two years. 

Sessions of the convention opened yesterday and will continue through­out Saturday. The meet is held in conjunction with the annual convention of the American Institute of Homeopathy with which it is allied.

Miss Reger was graduated from the West Jersey Homeopathic Hospital Nurses' Training School and later studied at Columbia University. She is 
active in nursing circles and is school nurse at Hatch and No. 1 Junior High Schools, this city.

Teachers Assigned to Hatch Junior High School
June 22, 1933

Assignments Hatch Junior High School

English- Gertrude M. Ownes, Dorothy J. Evens, Elizabeth R. Myers, Lewis V. Compton, Martha L. Ziegler, Dorothy H. Her, Martha U. Brick

Social Subjects- Helen H. Leiby, Emanuel A. Smith, Etta S. Rosen.

Science-Beatrice R. Gandar, William J. Tipper, Harold Z. Reber, Elizabeth I. Hoell.

Mathematics--Frances M. Harris, Robert L. Jacobs, Grant R.. Harden, Frances W. Poguesse, Robert H. McCobb. 

Commercial- Mendel M. Tubis, Marion A. Schoettle. 

Music-Wilhelmina E. Archer. 

Art- Eveleen M. Townsend. 

Mechanical Drawing- Warren B. Meixner. 

Shop- Stanley L. Walker, Stanley E. Griffith, John F. Ellis. 

Practical Arts, Girls- Mary E. Garison, 

Physical Education and Health- Paul H. Shaffer, Edna Fiero

Camden Courier-Post - June 28, 1933

SUMMER CLASSES OPEN TOMORROW
First School of Kind in Camden Will Help Backward Students

Camden's first summer school for high school grades opens tomorrow in Cooper B. Hatch Junior High School, Euclid Avenue and Park Boulevard

Today more than 250 students, who have failed in not more than two subjects, will register in the school auditorium. Pupils will also be reg­istered from Merchantville, Pennsauken and Woodlynne.

Camden students will be required to post a deposit of $1, which will be returned to them if they successfully pass their examinations in August. Out-of-town students will be required to pay $5 tuition fees.

T. W. Trembath, vice principal of Camden High School, will be principal of the summer school. Thirty student teachers from Temple University School of Education will be instructors. Five teachers from Camden High School will supervise the studies as follows: John J. Danaher, science and history; Dr. Walter N. Myers, Latin and modern languages; Miss Marion Lukens, mathematics; Everett B. Townsend, commercial subjects, and Trembath, English.

Trembath said yesterday that it will be almost imperative for students who have had failures in the past term to take the summer course to catch up in their studies, if they wish to continue with their classes because of the change in curriculum in the fall when two high schools will be established.

He explained that students may take up two subjects in which they have failed, and if they pass tests satisfactorily in August they will be promoted. Twelfth grade students will be graduated.

Students may register today from 9 a. m. until noon. Classes will be held from 8.30 to 11.30 a. m. daily.

The school is open to ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth grades only. If the school is a success it will be extended eventually to other grades, Dr. Leon N. Neulen, superintendent of schools, declared.

Dr. Neulen and the board of edu­cation worked out the plan for the school. It is estimated the school will save the city considerable in educational costs. Each student required to stay an additional year in schools because of failures costs the city more than $100..

The following studies will be taught at the school: Latin, French, Spanish, English, German, modern European history, early European history, American history; economics, algebra, geometry, general mathematics, vocation mathematics, advanced mathematics, bookkeeping, shorthand, typewriting, chemistry, physics and biology.

Camden Courier-Post - February 1, 1938

Class of the Class

HATCH HIGH PUPIL IN CLASS WHO'S WHO
Best Blushers Listed, Also Most Popular and Best Natured  

A wide variety of personal traits' is revealed among the 9A pupils at Hatch Junior High School who were elected recently to the class "Who's Who".

Beauty and a sense of humor are companions, according to this record for Helen Krawczyk, of 1922 Fillmore Street, is both the prettiest and the best natured girl.

Blushing must still be an asset at Hatch Junior High because Fay Zeller, the girl with the best blush, was also, named the cutest girl in the class. Sylvia Brand was quoted as the most popular girl and the most dependable girl.

Walter Skiba, the mayor of the school, was acclaimed the most popular boy while Norman Hand, the most studious boy, also was declared the most ambitious boy. Richard Quick, the most athletic boy, also was registered as the class Adonis.

Barbara McIntire was adjudged the best-dressed girl. John Lewis had the distinction of being both the class Beau Brummel and the most dependable boy.

Once more the versatility of the girls was exhibited when Esther Gordon, the class Juliet, was named the most studious girl. Joseph Bucola was the class Romeo and Eleanor Bunting the class artist.

Others in the "Who's Who" are:

Elsie Nichols, most ambitious girl; Constance Wilczynski, most bashful girl; Thomas Dodd, most bashful boy; Frank Cheesman, best boy blusher; Kathryn Koenig, youngest girl; Melvin Warren, youngest boy; Sylvia Gancharoff, wittiest girl; Louis Walls, wittiest boy; Leslie Davis, most athletic girl; Helen Zilkow, class girl musician; Daniel Vogt, class boy musician.

 

HELEN KRAWCZYK

ESTHER GORDON

Members of the graduating class at Hatch Junior High School who appear in the class “Who’s Who”. Miss Krawczyk was chosen the pretties and best natured girl and Miss Gordon was named the class Juliet and the most studious girl.

Camden Courier-Post - February 1, 1938

BOARD Of EDUCATION SHIFTS 14 TEACHERS
Appoints 2 Instructors and Pensions 2 Others; Wilson Enrollment High

The Camden Board Education last night approved transfers of 14 teachers, the appointment of two new instructors and the retirement on pension of two others.

The board then adjourned until 11.45 a. m. today and it was announced the 1938-39 board will be organized at noon when Commissioner Mary W. Kobus is expected to be re-elected president.

When the report of the teachers committee making recommendations for appointments, transfers and retirements was read it was approved by unanimous vote and without comment.

Following the meeting Carlton W. Rowand explained that most of the transfers were made to meet emergencies in teaching classes at Woodrow Wilson High School, where more than 1500 students will be enrolled for the second semester, be ginning today.

Rowand explained that enrollment at the Wilson school is the highest in its history, due to many students taking up English and commercial courses instead of entering Camden senior high school, which will have an enrollment of approximately 1540 students, the smallest in several years.

List of Transfers

Transfers affecting teachers in junior high schools are: Louis E. Feinstein from Hatch Junior High School to commercial business organization, Wilson High School; Frank E. Sias, from Cramer Junior High to physical education, Wilson High; Jessie W. McMurtrie from Cramer Junior High School, to physical education, Wilson High; Wilton D. Greenway, from Cramer Junior High School to mathematics, Camden High; Elizabeth Dickinson, from Bonsall; to English, Cramer Junior High; Mrs. Mildred C. Simmons, from English to mathematics, Cramer Junior High; Miss Celia Boudov, from Hatch Junior High to departmental geography, science, and penmanship, Liberty School; Mrs. Elizabeth R. Myers assigned to English, Hatch Junior High;

Thelma L. Little transferred from, Grade 5 to Cooperative Departmental; Dudley school.

The following elementary school transfers, also effective today, are:

Beatrice W. Beideman from Starr to Sharp school; Mrs. Esther S. Finberg from Cramer to Broadway school; Dorothy M. Lippincott from Parkside to Dudley school; Mrs. Alva T. Corson from Washington to Broadway school, and Mary G. Cathell from Washington to Dudley school.

Teachers whose retirement was approved are Carolina W. Taylor, Grade 2, Broadway school, and William M. Thayer, mathematics [Camden] senior high school. Both teachers had resigned and applied for their pensions, the report read.

Appointments Made

Nathan Enten was appointed as physical education teacher in the Cramer school and Harry S. Manashil was appointed commercial teacher in Hatch school. Each will receive $1400, annually. The board also approved the appointment of Florence M. Dickinson as principal of Lincoln school at a salary of $2200 annually.

The assignment of Miss Grace Hankins as principal of Parkside school to succeed Miss Dickinson also was approved. Ethel Thegen was approved for appointment as assistant librarian at the Camden senior high school at a salary of $5.50 a day. All appointments are effective today.

To relieve overcrowded conditions among pupils the board approved the transfer of 7A and 7B classes from the Washington to the Cramer school.

The board vote to open a library in the Cramer school and Raymond G. Price, supervisor of building was instructed to provide, the necessary equipment.

A resolution of condolence upon the death of Ethel C. Wenderoth, for 19 years a teacher in the Broadway School was passed and secretary Albert Austermuhl was instructed to send a copy to members of the deceased teacher's family.

2 New Faces on Board

The board received and filed a letter from Mayor George E. Brunner in which he stated he had appointed Mrs. George W. Tash, Samuel T. French Jr. as new members and had re-appointed Robert Burk Johnson as a board member.

William B. Sullender, of the Tenth Ward, who was not re-appointed, was commended by the members for his services. E. George Aaron said he regretted the fact that Sullender was leaving as a member and wished him success. Others joined in this tribute.

Sullender in reply thanked the members for their co-operation during his term of office.

Hatch Junior High School
Spring Concert

April 26, 1962

Directors:

Mr. Neal Kiner
Mr. James Mumford
Mr. Frank Oppecker, Jr.

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