Built as a Girls’ High School in 1896, this handsome structure at the northeast corner of Fourth and Court was once considered by many the most impressive public building in the city. Following completion of “unified Reading High School” in 1927, at which time the girls moved to 13th and Douglass to “the Castle on the Hill,” this became South West Junior High School. After conversion and enlargement of new Chestnut and Carpenter to present-day Southwest, in 1936, this became 4th and Court, a school for special-needs children. The building was razed in 1961 following completion of the Special Education Center at Old Wyomissing Road and Parkside Drive, South.
Reading Girls’ High School
About the Author: Joseph Webb
I am the face behind “GoReadingBerks.” I was born and raised in Reading, PA. I became interested in the history of Reading through the many stories my grandfather used to tell me. Born in 1897, he witnessed the growth and expansion of the city which was once the 4th largest city in Pennsylvania with a population close to 130,000 not including unnaturalized citizens. I developed goreadingberks.com around 1998 for the purpose of presenting information about the History of the Catholic Faith in Reading. Since that time the site has grown to provide information about historical sites, landmarks, museums, parks, hotels and more. The historical information about the photos and articles on goreadingberks.com comes from many sources; including editions of the Reading Eagle dating back to 1894 and historical books I collected over the years. Goreadingberks.com is a non-profit website. With personal knowledge of website development coding and database management I am able to maintain the site at a minimal cost which means no advertisements to slow the site down and degrade your viewing experience. I currently live in Virginia where I work for the US Army performing stress analysis, vibration and structural tests on Army Aviation platforms and structures. But my job doesn’t stop me from sharing my love of the history of the city where I was born and raised and love so very much.