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Logan Demonstration School

A photograph of a classroom with about eighteen students divided into four rows. Each student is sitting at their desk and they are all painting different images. A teacher is standing to the right of the students. A blackboard filled images is in the background of this image.

Children participating in an art class at the Logan Demonstration School in 1933. (PhillyHistory.org)


As many of Philadelphia’s public schools cut programs during the Great Depression in their struggle to stay open, sights such as this art class at the Logan Demonstration School in 1933 became rare. The Logan Demonstration School acted as an institution for teachers around the Greater Philadelphia area to learn and develop new techniques as part of their education. The school, located at Seventeenth Street and Lindley Avenue in the city’s Logan section, is now known as James Logan Elementary School.

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  1. Logan was the most happy elementary school experience of my life. As an Air Force brat attending elementary schools in Phila, Austria, Germany, England, Virginia, I do have some experience for comparison.

    stanley sandler Posted August 18, 2019 at 11:19 pm
  2. Logan was the most wonderful time in my life. Dr. Alice Liveright, Mrs. Woolever and Miss Tracy are just a few of the names who stand out. They were very patient with me and I was a handful.

    Marshall Hankin Posted June 28, 2020 at 5:01 am
  3. An Amazing School. Ahead of Its Time Dr Liveright Who Was Principle. Drove Me Home on A Rainy Day When My Ride Failed To Show Up. She Was Caring And Kind.

    Beverly Brimberry Wilburn Posted August 10, 2020 at 5:09 am
  4. I went to Logan Dem in the 40’s. I had Ms
    Fotzer. She got married & became Mrs Woolever.
    One of our classes was current events from Life Magazine,
    During WW II

    Herb Bobman Posted September 7, 2020 at 11:54 am
  5. I went to Logan Demonstration School from kindergarten to 6th grade in 1938 -1945 and have wonderful memories of learning so many things including patriotism during WWII. I remember so many things I learned from Miss Martin in 5th and 6th grade. How lucky we were to go to such a wonderful grade school.

    Elaine Lukens Schmid Posted September 26, 2020 at 10:44 pm
  6. I attended Logan from 1956-1952 and have many happy memories. The play ground was divided into two sections which we called “the black top and the white top”. The white top was for the younger children and it was closer to the school. The black top was for the older children. I used to take the “J bus” back and forth to school. It went through Wister Woods along Belfield Avenue. There was a huge Sycamore tree where we waited for the bus and we used to pick the bark off with our bus fare tokens!
    I was a ” Rainy day reader” and read to the kindergarten kids on rainy days when they could not go out for recess. The auditorium was a huge, beautiful hall with a stage and was graced with large portraits. We sat in groups according to our classes and sang many patriotic songs and I still remember the words! I think my favorite teacher was Mrs. Powell and pretty blonde lady.

    Linda Hophan Polsky Posted December 14, 2020 at 1:50 pm
  7. I attended Logan from around 1952-1956. I remember Mrs. Liveright. I remember a Mrs. Zeibert (3rd grade). Mrs. Harmon was my teacher for 1st and 2nd grade. She was always at the piano. Also, I remember being a “server” in the teacher’s dining room. It was supposed to be an honor to do that and our payment was a piece of pie.

    HEATHER B MELROSE Posted February 8, 2021 at 9:22 pm
  8. Logan was the best school I ever attended. I believe Dr Liveright was affiliated with the Fellowship
    Commission and, in an era when much of American life was segregated (1940’s), we had daily lessons
    about the evils of racial prejudice. These lessons have stayed with me ever since. For that I am profoundly grateful to Dr Liveright and the rest of the faculty.

    Carol Dedov Posted July 9, 2021 at 12:13 pm
  9. I went to Logan from around ‘51-‘56. Wonderful memories of Mrs Harmon, Miss Siebert, miss Tracy & of course Dr. Livewright. (Not sure of spelling). I remember being a “flower” dancer in Waltz of the Flowers, & being a messenger with my orange & gray arm band.

    Gail Moritz oberta Posted August 29, 2021 at 3:55 pm
  10. I was a pupil at Logan Demonstration School from 1936 to 1943. My kindergarten teacher was Miss Graham, my first grade teacher was Miss Herbot, second grade Miss Adelaide Conrad, third grade Miss Rogers, fourth grade Miss Eleanor Pfotzer, 5th & 6th grade Miss Lois Tracy.
    Alice K. Liveright , PhD, was the principal.
    Miss Pfotzer was a tall lady who introduced herself as “no sir not sir Pfotzer”.
    There was a Miss Harmon who never failed to quote a biblical verse about “hypocrites in the synagoges” when it was her turn in the assembly. A large percentage of the pupils were Jewish (as was Dr. Liveright), but no one ever complained.
    We had a 50th reunion with amazing attendance, including Miss Conrad, who was the only
    surviving teacher.
    I’ll never forget my wonderful educational experience at Logan Demonstration School.

    Larry Somers Posted September 24, 2021 at 1:02 am

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