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8:45am - 3:40pm

History of Hereford Elementary

Hereford Township elected to become part of the Upper Perkiomen Joint Schools during the 1954-55 school year. Up until this point, the township had operated its own elementary schools. High school students were sent to Boyertown High School to continue their education. In 1952, independent school boards from East Greenville, Green Lane, Pennsburg, Red Hill, Marlborough Township, Sumneytown Independent District, and Upper Hanover Township merged to form a Joint Committee. It was in 1954 that Hereford Township joined the committee. Charles J. Schell became the first President of the Joint Committee. Twelve years later, in 1966, the Joint Committee became known as the Upper Perkiomen School District.



In 1958, Hereford Township Elementary School opened. It became known as the "round school". Hereford housed approximately 154 students. The address at this time was Chapel, PA (Berks County)


round part


Friday, May 10, 1974, the Upper Perkiomen School District held its ground breaking ceremony for the new addition to Hereford Elementary. The new addition would hold almost 600 students. Two enclosed passageways would connect the addition to the existing "round" school. Between these enclosures, a Kindergarten play area would be established. Classrooms and hallways were to be carpeted and new lighting was installed throughout the school. Folding panel doors would be erected to pide the larger rooms when smaller areas were needed. Permanent lockers for third and fourth grade would be placed in the hallways. All desks, tables, and cabinets were to be portable. A multi-purpose room with electrically operated folding doors would house the cafeteria and gym. A pull-out stage on the gym side could be utilized for programs.


November 18, 1975, the dedication ceremony took place, showing off Hereford Elementary's new addition. Dr. Thomas E. Persing, Superintendent, along with Donald B. Moyer, principal at Hereford, invited the public to visit Hereford and see what research showed to be the best setting for learning. The building was the first in the district to utilize the open learning concept while still maintaining some self-contained classrooms. The new addition gave Hereford 25 teaching stations and various offices. Hereford Elementary School opened its doors with 576 students in grades K-4.

Today, Hereford Elementary School is home to students in grades K-3.