Michael Grandia attended Spry Grammar School in the late 1940s. Then, when its name changed to Spry Junior High School in 1954, Grandia attended seventh and eighth grades there as well.
But in 1967, the school was torn down and Otterbein United Methodist Church of Spry built in its place. When Spry graduates were looking for a way to reconnect in 2000, they formed the Spry Grammar School Reunion Committee.
Grandia, who lives in Sinking Spring but often stays with family still living in York, was nominated as its secretary.
For 2012, the committee worked toward creating a commemorative book to celebrate 100 years since the beginning of the school.
“Thoughts were to have memorabilia only,” Grandia said in an email. “But during the following months the book grew to include the history of 1912 and the ensuing years between then and 1962, the last year the facility was used for teaching.”
The committee compiled a database with nearly 900 alumni — and with 97 percent of those alumni remaining in York County, information flowed in. Grandia contributed information from his own family as well.
“My relatives were part of the history,” Grandia said. “During the twenties, my grandfather’s family lived in the restored one-room school, Stiles School, built in the 19th century, still located across from Spry School.”
“As a result of the state closing all one-room schools, these pupils migrated into the new Spry School beginning in 1912. This migration ended in 1951 when the last 13 one-room schools closed and the pupils entered Spry School and the newly completed York Township Elementary School.”
The book — 127 pages in all — also includes information on the 2012 reunion held in September. A copy can be found in the archives of the York County Heritage Trust. For readers interested in ordering a copy, email Grandia at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.