History of Edison H.S./Fareira Skills Center

The original Edison High School building was opened in 1903 as the all-male Northeast Manual Training High School located at 8th Street & Lehigh Avenue. Eventually the school became Northeast High School. The auditorium was added in 1916 and in 1936 vocational education shops and many regular classrooms were added to the original building. Northeast High School was a fine school and men from all parts of Philadelphia attended there. In January 1957, a new Northeast High School was opened at Cottman and Algon Avenues. All of the trophies, most of the teaching staff and memorabilia were transferred to the new building. At the same time, a new school, Thomas Alva Edison High, was opened at the site. Because of our facilities, our school remained all male until September 1979. Edison is now a fully co-educational high school. Finally, in 1988, the original school was replaced by a new co-educational Edison/Fareira High School, named in part for its late principal, John C. Fareira. The new Edison/Fareira is a combined academic high school and vocational skills center. It is located at Front & Luzerne Streets with an outdoor athletic facility on the same site. Since our beginning, in 1957, we have had many outstanding graduates, we have won public titles, and our students have won numerous scholarships. Edison has a sad point of uniqueness in that it had the most former students killed in the Vietnam War and every year we have a memorial service for the 64 Edison students who died for our country.

“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” – Napoleon Hill

We Salute Those Who Made The Ultimate Sacrifice
John E. Addison James J. Allen, Jr., Pfc, Marines Charles J. Antonelly, Cpl, Marines William B. Blackmon, Jr, SP/4 Army Stephen P. Blanchett Laurel L. Blevins, Pfc, Army Zacharia Brookins, Pfc, Army Hector Bryant, Pfc, Marines Samuel Burton, Pfc, Marines Robert J. Campbell, Sgt, Army Glenn Carter, Pfc, Marines Richard A. Carter, Cpl, Marines William Chapman, Pvt, Marines Louis A. Cobarrubio, Pfc, Army Milton G. Claybornre, Pfc, Army Deighton A. Danielles, Pfc, Marines Wayne T. Dillman, Sgt, Army Harold Doman, Pfc, Army Antonio Garcia Charles J. Glenn, Cpl, Marines Roscoe Glover, Jr, Pfc, Army Irvin Hopkins, Pfc, Army Rocco Isaac, Pfc, Army Randolph Jefferson, Pfc, Marines Joe Thomas Johnson Jr, Pfc, Army Joseph Johnson, Pfc, Army Dennis Kuzer, Pfc, Army Kenneth Lassiter, Pfc, Army Joseph Lodice, Pfc, Army Gerald Maguire, Cpl, Marines George Martin Richard McNichols, Pfc, Army Aldolfo Martinez, Pfc, Marines Joseph Mieczowski, Cpl, Marines John Miller, Pfc, Army William Miller, Pfc, Army William J. Moore John G. Orsino Leroy Peagler, Sgt, Army Kenneth Pettus, Pfc, Marines Alfred Purvis, Pfc, Marines Lawrence J. Reichert, Jr, Sp/4, Army Samuel Rodriguez, Pfc, Marines Angelo C. Santiago, Sgt, Army Harry B. Seedes, Pfc, Army George F. Seiger, Pfc, Army Neely J. Singletary, Pfc, Marines Mark Smith, Jr. James T. Swift, Jr, Cpl, Army Aaron L. Thomas, Sp/4, Army Henry Thomas, Sp/4, Army John J. Thomas, Sp/4, Army Robert Torres, Sgt., Army Samuel F. Walker, Jr. Gerald J. Whalen, Sp/4, Army Nathaniel Washington, Pvt, Army Joseph A. Weber, Pfc, USMC Lewis B. Welsh Roosevelt Whitaker, Pfc, Army General White, Pfc, Army James B. White Michael M. White, Pfc, Marines Duane G. Williams, Pfc, Army Bernard R. Woehlcke, Pfc, Marines Francis Zerggen, Pfc, Army