|James M. Coughlin High School|
80 North Washington Street
|Founded||James M. Coughlin High School (1925-)|
Wilkes-Barre High School (1890-1924)
|Status||In Process of Closure|
|Closed||Main Building: December 23, 2015 Annex Building: Unknown|
|School district||Wilkes-Barre Area School District|
|Team name||Coughlin Crusaders|
|Newspaper||The Journal (1893-)|
|Yearbook||The Breidlin (1926-)|
The Yearbook (1924-1925)
Established in 1890 as Wilkes-Barre High School, the current school structure was scheduled to be built on the original school's site in 1905, but due to a flood--which flooded the entire basement and first floor--building had to be restarted. The building was opened unofficially on September 11, 1911, and formally dedicated in October 1912. The second part of the building, the Annex, was built in 1955 and formally dedicated on November 2, 1955. The main building has four floors, a basement, and an attic, and the Annex has three with a partial basement. It is the oldest public school in Pennsylvania being built in 1909, the older of the two buildings that makes up Coughlin is over 100 years old. The second building is about 60 years old.
With the construction of a second high school in Wilkes-Barre in 1925, the building was dedicated as James M. Coughlin High School in memory of Superintendent James Martin Coughlin, who served in that capacity from 1890 to 1918.
The main building was closed on December 23, 2015, after 104 years of continuous use. This came as a result of a lengthy series of meetings by the Wilkes-Barre Area School Board, where it was decided that Coughlin and another Wilkes-Barre Area High School (Elmer L. Meyers Junior/Senior High School) would close and combine after the Coughlin site is closed, and rebuilt. The Annex building would continue to house 11th and 12th graders until the new school is built and 9th and 10th grades students placed in a recently renovated former Mackin Elementary School building, and the 11th and 12th graders will be placed in the old Times Leader building next to Coughlin.[clarification needed]
Construction was expected to be completed by early 2018, when both former high schools would converge in the new school. However, the Board was unable to move forward with the plan to use the Coughlin site. On March 5, 2018, the Board voted to purchase land in Plains, Pennsylvania for the merged high school. The plans have faced vocal opposition.
In 2010 and 2009, the school was in School Improvement I AYP status due to chronic low student achievement in reading and math.
11th Grade Reading
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