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Our Rich History

Coatesville Area School district is one of the oldest educational establishments in Chester County, PA.  The district can be traced back to the late 18th century.  Moses Coates and his wife established one of the first schools on the east side of Coatesville (formally known as Bridgetown). In 1814 a board of school directors was established to officially create the way for the Coatesville Area School District.  

The first graduating class at Coatesville High School was the class of 1878.  The commencement was held on June 12, 1878, and the four graduates were Laura Suydam, Sallie Thompson, Ella Dean, and Annie Stoat. In 1885 Coatesville public school was the first school in Chester County and the second in Pennsylvania to have a person of color graduate from high school.


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