JAMES G. BLAINE SCHOOL
North 23rd Street at Wayne Avenue
The James G. Blaine School was located on the south-east corner of North 23rd Street at Wayne Avenue, facing North 23rd Street, in the Pavonia-Cramer Hill section of Camden. The school was built by Stockton Township, and joined the Camden public school system in 1899 when Stockton was annexed by Camden. The school was named for James Gillespie Blaine, who served twice as Secretary of State and was the 1884 Republican candidate for President of the United States, losing to Grover Cleveland. In the words of William H. Hirsch, who lived in Cramer Hill from the 1900s through the 1950s, "This schoolhouse was the genesis of a great many East Siders or shall I say Cramer Hill- or Pavonia-born people."
In order to economize, the board closed the Linden and Blaine Schools, on June 30, 1932, its students being transferred to the George Washington Elementary School at 1033 Cambridge Street, just west of River Road. The James G. Blaine School was soon demolished.
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