South Ninth Street & Florence Street

H.B. Wilson Elementary School
9th & Florence Street, Camden NJ
August 28, 2003
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The H.B. Wilson School was named for Henry Braid Wilson, a leading citizen of Camden and the father of Admiral Henry B. Wilson Jr., for whom the Admiral Wilson Boulevard was named after. The school, whose plans were approved by architect Arthur Truscott, opened in 1907. There were eight classrtooms above a basement. Daisy Y. Ferber was the first principal. As Camden's school-age population grew, the need for additional classroom space did so too. In 1915 land adjacent to the existing school was purchased. In 1919 a contract was awarded to expand the existing school. Earl Light served as principal in the early 1920s. In 1936 additional students began attending the H.B. Wilson School who had previously attended the Evered School on Ferry avenue, which had been closed at the end of the 1934-1935 school year. Many oher Camden schools at this point were anywhere from 40 to 670 years old, and applications were filed with the federal government for funds to improve them. In April 1939, the WPA notified the board that they approved the board's application for improvements to Central School and Central Annex, Mickle, Yorkship, Stevens, and H. B. Wilson Schools.

The H.B. Wilson School was hit by scandal in the early 2000s as charges were brought against principal Michael Hailey and other staff members concerning the misappropriation of funds and public property. On November 8, 2008 Hailey pled guilty to stealing $14,000 from the children and parents of H.B. Wilson, and of trying to steal an additional $25,000. Patricia Johnson and Keah Worthy had already pled guilty to similar crimes.

A New $20,000,000 H.B. Wilson School is to be built at South 8th Street and Woodland Avenue. The new school was slated to open in 2007, but funding issues caused a delay.

Camden Courier-Post
June 15, 1932

H.B. Wilson School
Yorkship School
William Feitz
Clifford Del Rossi
Fred Flanigan
Lawrence Miller
Joseph Carpani

Camden Courier-Post - June 22, 1933

Boys Smash Desks In Camden School But Take Nothing 
Suspects Believed to Have Resented Teachers Refusing Promotion

Hiding in the H. B. Wilson School, Ninth and Florence streets, until a Parent-Teacher Association meeting was over and the school locked for the 
night, several boys turned vandals by forcing open desk drawers, breaking the glass in book cases, marring desks and strewing papers about. 
A check-up revealed nothing was stolen. 

Lawrence Miller, of 814 Florence street, janitor, reported the incident to police yesterday. Detective Clifford Carr after an inspection of the school 
obtained finger prints from several papers and turned them over to Detective Edwin Mills for duplication. The prints will be compared, Carr said, with 
the names of suspects taken by him following a conference with teachers. 
The names included those of boys' who had failed to gain promotion or who were troublesome to teachers in the school. The Parent-Teacher 
Association meeting was closed at 10.30 p. m. Tuesday night. With no windows or doors forced in the school, Detective Carr was confident the boys gained admittance by secreting themselves about the school during the meeting. 

Teacher Assignments & Transfers - June 22, 1933

Camden Courier-Post - February 3, 1938


The minstrel troupe of the Centenary Tabernacle M. E. Church will present a show at 8 o'clock tonight at the H. B. Wilson School, Ninth street and Woodland avenue, under sponsorship of the P. T. A.

Camden Courier-Post * February 5, 1938
First-Half Season Title of Grammar League Is at Stake Today

Liberty and H.B. Wilson will battle it out this afternoon at 2,30 0' clock at Convention Hall for the first-half title of the National Division of the Camden Grammar School League.

Both teams finished the first half with six victories and one defeat. Liberty handed Wilson its lone reverse, while Stevens pulled an upset by downing the former.

Some of the players from each school graduated during the past week, but, as they represented their schools all during the first half, they will be permitted to see action in the playoff.

Liberty is led by Archie Luzi, diminutive sharpshooter, who led the league in scoring with 74 markers in seven games. He far outclassed the others as can be seen readily when the statistics show that his nearest rival, O'Neal of Sumner, took second place honors by scoring 39 points.

Bizazzo, Shuda, Hare, Eulo and Luzi will probably start the game for Liberty. Wilson will use Garzarelli, Scarbonja, Ross, Mahoney, Lapiska and Kevis.

Camden Courier-Post - February 1 1, 1938

in Afternoon
4th Annual Child Welfare Institute Being Planned for April

The desire to carry on toward the goal envisioned by founders of the Parent-Teacher Association will be emphasized throughout the country in honor of the 41st anniversary of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers.

A Founders Day broadcast will be heard on the Parent-Teacher Radio Forum next Wednesday from 4.30-5 p. m. over the NBC blue network. 

Mrs. Percy Powell, Mrs. Fred M. Raymond and Miss Mary England are in charge of the program.

One of the vital topics to be considered that day is "What needs to be 
done for children today?"

The celebration of Founders Day started by Mrs. David O. Mears in 1910, thirteen years after the organization of the National Congress of Mothers, and the "birthday gifts" from local units are used for the extension of this service to childhood so that it may be carried to every girl and every boy in the country. 


Mrs. Herbert Schoellkopf, county Americanization chairman, urges every parent-teacher member to display the American flag on three important birthdays being celebrated this month, namely: Lincoln's  Birthday, February 12; Founder's Day, February 17, and Washington's Birthday, February 22.

Word has been received of the cancellation of the "Homemakers Forum" on station WOR. The series of talks on the adolescent which were to have been given on this program, are available in mimeographed form from the office of the home demonstration agent, Miss Mary M. Leaming, room 208, courthouse, Camden. In requesting this information, the name of the particular talk desired and the definite number of copies needed should be specked.

Parent-Teacher members are looking forward to the fourth annual Child Welfare Institute to be held in April. Plans for this institute are being formulated by Albert M. Bean, superintendent of Camden county schools, who is general chairman. The theme this year will be "Guidance" being divided in four classes pertaining to career, character, community and health.

Guest Speaker

MRS. MORRIS FOULK Director of the southern P. T. A. district and second
vice president of the New Jersey Parents and Teachers Congress, who was guest
speaker at the Garfield School, Camden, P. T. A. meeting: last night.


Broadway — Mrs. Ralph Jones, county magazine chairman, was the guest speaker at the meeting Tuesday night. A playlet in commemoration of Founder's Day was presented by a group from the Northeast-Sewell association. Mrs. Thomas Melchore presided. Mrs. George Lee, welfare chairman, has made arrangements for an industrial tour on February 21. Mrs. Walter Gross attended the meeting of the Home Demonstration Extension on Monday. Mrs. C. Fred Becker, parent discussion group  leader, is holding a meeting in the school on Tuesday at 1.30 p. m. A donation of $1.25 was approved to be given the recreation committee toward the New York trip of the winners in the sewing contest held recently.

CassadyMrs. M. Moullette, Summer round up chairman, has appointed a committee to assist her in her work. They are Mrs. E. Hudson, president; Mrs. R. Bowen, vice president; Mrs. H. Mount,  secretary; Mrs. A. Reinhold and G. McGrath Kershaw. The executive committee will hold a meeting next Wednesday at the home of Mrs. K. Hudson at 8 o'clock.

Cooper—Health night was held at the regular meeting Monday. Mrs. G. Kramer, county health chairman, spoke on the importance of correct food for children. A play was presented by the Seventh grade English class, under the direction of Miss E. Hanna. A violin solo was rendered by Miss A. Claypool, accompanied at the piano by Miss V. Merwall. An educational trip has been planned for this afternoon at 1.30.

Cramer — The county president's message echoes from the release were read by Mrs. William Rowntree, president, at the meeting last week. A gift of $1.25 was sent to the committee on the Doll Dressing Contest. Mrs. Arthur Fichter, membership chairman; Mrs. Fred Creag-er, welfare  chairman, and Mrs. William Rowntree, president, attended the city group meeting last week. The executive committee will meet at the home of Barney Brown, vice president, 2566 Baird boulevard, on Tuesday night at 8 o'clock. The association is sponsoring a three-act comedy, "Here Comes Charlie," to be given by the Queen Esther Society of Asbury M. E. church, on Thursday night, February 17, at 8 o'clock in the school auditorium.

H. H. Davis—Members of the discussion group met in the school yesterday under the leadership of Mrs. William Allen, discussion group chairman, followed by rehearsal for the Founder's Day play arranged by Miss Kathleen Willetts, Founder's Day chairman. A candle lighting ceremony will also be given in observance of Founder's Day, at the meeting Thursday. Calvin Chambers will compile the publicity record book to be displayed at the annual luncheon. A trip to an industrial plant is planned for next Wednesday afternoon. A bus will leave the school at 1 p. m.

Dudley—Mrs. Elizabeth James and Mrs. Sarah Miller who were in charge of purchasing of basketball suits for the school team, reported that donations of $10.65 have been received from business people and friends. The executive committee has approved sending $1.25 to the Recreation Commission toward the New York trip for winners of the Doll Dressing Contest. Mrs. Clara Batten, chairman of the committee in charge of purchasing a new banner, has been authorized to purchase  same as soon as possible. Mrs. Florence Fiedler, newly appointed summer round-up chairman, is making plans for a thorough survey of the school neighborhood in order to enlist the aid of the parents of preschool children. Founders' Day exercises will be held tonight at the meeting.

McKinley—Harry Roye will speak at the meeting next Tuesday night. There will also be a Founders' Day ceremony. Those taking part will rehearse Friday at 3.30 a. m. at the school. Mrs. Rudolph Koerner will hold a study group meeting at her home next Wednesday at 2.00 p. m. Next Thursday a covered dish luncheon will be held by Mrs. R. Koerner and Mrs. Morris Sellers at the home of Mrs. R. Koerner, Fremont and Thirty-fifth street. On Thursday a meeting on character education will be  held at the school at 3.30 p. m. Miss Alice Butler, general secretary of the Y. W. C. A., fill speak.

Liberty & Starr—The meeting of the executive committee will be held ext Thursday night at the home of Mrs. Charles Baden, 954 Pine street. Mrs. Emily S. Hurd, publicity chairman, who served as chairman of the judging committee of the sewing contest sponsored by the Recreation commission, recently acted as judge of the sewing contest held by the T. A. at SS. Peter and Paul school on Tuesday night.

Parkside—Mrs. Robert Simmington, council chairman, and Mrs. Rocco Palese, city chairman, gave brief talks at the meeting last Thursday night. Corsages were presented to them by Mrs. Sinclair Sondie, program chairman. Proceeds from the sale of a cake will be sent as a Founders' Day gift to he National Congress to be used or extension work.

North-East & Sewell — Mrs. Grace Dill, discussion group leader, attended the meeting in City Hall Monday under the direction of Miss Mary Leaming, home demonstration agent. A meeting of the discussion group was held in the Sewell school on Tuesday afternoon.

Sumner—The ways and means committee met at the home of Mrs. Grace Thomas, president, on Monday. Plans for various entertainments for the months of February, March and April were made. A membership campaign was launched. The topic of discussion at the meeting on Wednesday was "How the School Prepares for Home and Family Life."

H. C. Sharp—The regular meeting was held Friday. Gordon Carrigan presided. The Rev. Eric A. Osterle of Collingswood. discussed "Youth Problems." "Founders' Day" was observed, also the ninth birthday of this unit. A large birthday cake was lighted by the past presidents, and a large candle lighted by Miss Ethel Lee for Founders Day. Miss Lee was congratulated for her wonderful co-operation with all presidents and P.T.A. work; and was presented with a corsage of red roses. Each president in turn was presented with a red rose bud boutonniere by Miss Esther Bauer, who had charge of the program, assisted by Miss Maier and Mrs. Barton. Each president gave a "Reminiscent" of his service. They were as follows: Chester Knaub, Harry Krattenmaker, Herman Neissner, Gordon Carrigan, Howard Stewart, Raymond Price.

Washington — Rev. E1wood A. Harrar spoke Tuesday at the Founders Day meeting Tuesday. Mrs. Howard Weeden, city juvenile probation chairman, was guest speaker. Miss Charlotte V. Dover, former principal of the school, was also a guest. A brief history of the association were called upon to speak. John White was the first president. He was followed by Jacob Grosmick, Mrs. Wilbur Cassedy, and the present president, Mrs. Richard Baker. Mrs. F. Kau ff man reports the cake sale a success. Mrs. William Mitchell reported plans to form a First Aid class that will be given a course by the Red Cross.

H. B. Wilson—Plans were made for the Founders Day program at the executive committee meeting Thursday afternoon in the school. Mrs. Lawrence Miller was named chairman. Miss Harriet Reiners will speak on character education at the next meeting. The basketball team was furnished with suits by the unit.

Yorkship—After a short business session with Mrs. James L. Ferris presiding, the monthly meeting was turned over to Mrs. J. P. McMillion, county chairman of alcohol and narcotics. Rev. H. S. Lepperd, of Fairview M. E. Church, spoke. Mrs David Pyper, chairman of ways and means, announced plans for a care party to be held on February 18. Proceeds will be used for expenses to carry on the monthly dances and Annual Field Day. The discussion group met today in teachers lunch  room. Mrs. Malcolm Steck, leader, will use as a topic "What Interests Adolescence." As a special feature for the monthly dances the organization has arranged to have a half hour of dancing instructions before the regular dancing begins. Attending the city group meeting at City Hall were Mrs. James L. Ferris, president; Mrs David Pyper, Mrs. M. Johnson, Mrs. Eleanor Wynn, Mrs. W. Clemmens Mrs. George Mehaffey and Mrs. Harold Turner attended.

Lincoln—Dr. Helen Schrak gave a talk on health and a report on health conditions of the children of this school at the last meeting. A Founders Day sketch was presented by Mrs. M. Beaumont, Mrs. G. Welmrich, Mrs. E. Schelpat and Mrs. K Conlin.

Camden Courier-Post - April 26, 1950

Camden Courier-Post - January 3, 2008

Camden Courier-Post - November 4, 2008

Former Camden principal admits theft

Courier-Post Staff

A former principal admitted Monday that he stole more than $14,000 from students and teachers at the city's H.B. Wilson Elementary School.

Michael Hailey, 67, of Delran, said in court that he deceived the victims, including some from needy families, into paying for field trips that were already funded by the Camden school district.

Hailey also said he tried to steal more than $25,000 by billing the city school board in connection with eight meetings of the School Leadership Council that never took place.

Hailey retired in July 2006 while facing disciplinary action by the district. He pleaded guilty Monday to official misconduct and attempted theft by deception.

Under a plea agreement, Hailey faces a recommended sentence of three to five years in prison, authorities said. He is to be sentenced Feb. 6 by Superior Court Judge Stephen Holden.

The school district prohibits charging elementary or middle school students for curriculum-related field trips. Instead, the district pays vendors for trip expenses.

Hailey said he knew this when he required payments by his victims. Teachers conducted fundraisers with students and sometimes paid for poor kids, according to state authorities.

The 13 field trips from May 2005 to May 2006 included visits to the Philadelphia Zoo, historical sites and local farms, officials said.

Hailey also said he requested extra wages for 14 members of the School Leadership Council in connection with phantom meetings of the school advisory group, authorities said.

The district did not pay for the meetings "because it discovered they had not been held," Attorney General Anne Milgram said in a statement.

Charged with Hailey were Patricia Johnson, 59, of Atco, a former administrator at Wilson Elementary; Juanita Worthy, 60, of Evesham, former principal of the city's U.S. Wiggins Elementary School; and her daughter, Keah Worthy, 32, of Evesham, a former teacher at Wilson Elementary.

Hailey said the defendants pressured teachers at the Wilson and Wiggins schools to sign blank attendance sheets for meetings of each school's council.

Hailey, Johnson and Juanita Worthy were suspended with pay by the school board in May 2006. Johnson and Juanita Worthy also retired in July 2006 while facing disciplinary action.

Johnson and Keah Worthy have pleaded guilty to attempted theft by deception. Juanita Worthy's case is pending..