Category Archives: York High achievers

A guide to York countians who made it big

YorkTownSquare.com is seeking to ensure that national celebrities with York, Pa., ties today make it into the history books 100 years from now. So we keep track of these celebs, who seem to be coming back to their hometown in increasing numbers. Evan Sharp, a York Suburban graduate who co-founded Pinterest, is one of them. He returned to his high school recently and took questions from students.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento’s first piano came from York’s Weaver Organ Company

In a 1996 scholarly paper, York College’s Van Baker said York native and Pulitzer Prizer winning composer Dominick Argento’s work ‘seem to find real people expressing their emotions clearly and convincing through song.’ Argento life and work was one of … Continue reading

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When the Klan tried to recruit York community leader Voni B. Grimes

A portion of the many honors accorded to York County’s Voni B. Grimes hang on the wall of his residence. Recent Ku Klux Klan activity in York County’s northern tip prompted Grimes to stop by the York, Pa., Daily Record’s office.

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Picturing history, then & now: Soon-to-be-reopened Hannah Penn Middle School

Picturing History offers this before-and-after, then-and-now look at Hannah Penn Middle School. Some quick facts: This York, Pa., school, soon to be reopened with New Hope Academy Charter School shutting down, was not the first to bear the Hannah Penn name. The west end schoolgrounds also represent the site where Poorhouse Run goes underground as it crosses under the city to the Codorus Creek. Its grounds also were on or near the site of the old York Fairgrounds, site of a Union training camp early in the Civil War. But all this brings on the question: Who was Hannah Penn?

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How Springettsbury’s Old East York became Old East York

Advent Lutheran Church, decorated for the Christmas 1952 season, stands in this York County, Pa., Heritage Trust photo on the western edge of the East York Historic District, but for years it has been central to neighborhood residents as a church home and nearby gathering place. It was dedicated as the Chapel of the Advent during Advent season, 1924. When the cornerstone for this building was laid in November 1940, the East York development was about two-thirds built out.

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Not all York County buildings can be preserved. But grass-roots preservationists should not give up

Brothers-in-law and business partners John Zimmerman, left, and Bill Wolf are leaders in the York County, Pa., business community and are known for their philanthropy in York County and beyond. The York Daily Record/Sunday News interviewed them recently.

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Fighting in cramped World War II aircraft like those at York Airport? ‘I just couldn’t imagine.’

The Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom Tour landed at Thomasville’s York Airport this week, stayed ‘a while’ and then flew away leaving some visitors marveling. Fighting in the tight quarters of those World War II planes? ‘I just couldn’t imagine,’ York Township’s Don Bradley said. Here, he walks through a Consolidated B-24J Liberator.

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Special Olympian Loretta Claiborne at 60: Who’s writing her biography?

Loretta Claiborne might be the best-known Special Olympian in the world, as the York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News described in a recent story. Disney put out a made-for-TV movie on his life, ‘The Loretta Claiborne Story.’ She is part of a cadre of Special Olympians featured in a National Portrait Gallery painting. And she’s been profiled in an inspirational/instructional booklet, ‘In her stride.’ And she’s conditioning and training at 60 years of age. Now all that remains is for someone to write a serious biography about Claiborne. Or a master’s thesis. Here she runs on South Duke Street after working out at nearby Crispus Attucks Community Center.

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Prep sports season start brings question: Who is the greatest athlete from York County?

The start of the prep football season brings to mind a former York, Pa., High athlete who is now in the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Chris Doleman is seen in his high school photo. He went on to football greatness at the University of Pittsburgh and then in pro ball with the Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons.

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Bruce Arians part of a short list of big celebs, achievers with York County roots

Bruce Arians, a William Penn High School graduate, is seen here in 2007 after his promotion to offensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has since received yet another promotion: to head coach of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals. He is among a slew of achievers from York County, Pa., who played big on the national stage.

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