Quaker Valley Joint Schools Board approved building additions 60 years ago this week

Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 6:33 AM

In the news this week 60 years ago:

• The Quaker Valley Joint Schools Board approved a plan for additions to both the junior and senior high school buildings. The board awaited state approval of their plan before architects could begin preparing blueprints for the construction bidding process.

• An organizational meeting for a potential Sewickley chapter of the NAACP was scheduled for next week at St. Matthew AME Zion Church at Thorn and Walnut Streets. Rev. Dr. Charles R. Gordon, minister at St. Matthew, said he hoped that an active Sewickley NAACP chapter would become part of a larger Beaver Valley NAACP association and that this goal would be reached in 1959, the NAACP’s 50th anniversary year.

• Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., received more than $25,000 from a bequest of the late Fanny M. Dravo of Sewickley Heights. This final disbursement of Mrs. Dravo’s estate brought her total bequest to over $281,000. These funds joined those of three other Dravo family members to total $1.4 million in endowment funds established at the university. Ralph Dravo and his brother, Francis, both graduated from Lehigh in the 1880s prior to founding of what became the Dravo Corporation, a successful shipbuilding company.

• Sewickley Academy planned a weeklong series of Christmas programs for the week of Dec. 19. Activities included Christmas plays and skits presented by the primary grades. The final programs were to be a choral concert and a production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” presented by the upper grades.

Melanie Linn Gutowski is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.