Beaver Area High School – History

Beaver Area High School

Gypsy Glen Road

Beaver, PA, 15009

 

When visitors walk down the main street of Beaver, PA (about an hour northwest of Pittsburgh, PA) they feel like they had stepped back in time to a simpler/friendlier aspect of life, and feeling like they are at home. They are welcomed with opened arms by small mom and pop store owners while walking along old school brick paver sidewalks. About two city blocks off this fun, warm area rests the very normal appearing and regularly updated Beaver Area High School. The school lies over the Breezewood Creek along the darkened woods covering Gypsy Glen Road. The school has never had any official paranormal reports, but the district may just want to keep these oddities at bay and out of the public’s eye. However, if you speak with employees, especially those who work and spend time in the building late at night, you may hear a different story; like we have.

 

 

The Past 

 

While the high school itself doesn’t have a bulk of written history behind it, the area of Beaver certainly does.

Before the land of western Pennsylvania was settled, Native American tribes had a stronghold of the area where Beaver stands. They utilized the woods and creek bed to hunt, fish, and just live off the land. These native tribes didn’t always see eye to eye however, this land was rumored to hold battles and death. Over time, this land was said to be cursed and even hold negative energy. By the time that the settlers moved in, those Native Americans had already fled the land.

Serving as the Continental Army’s original fort along the Ohio River, Fort McIntosh was constructed in 1778. The fort hosted the biggest army on the western side of the United States (at the time, that’s about as far west as the United States stretched) until 1785 when the Treaty of Fort McIntosh was signed into legislature. This ultimately helped open the western United States into a formal settlement. During its’ time in commission, the fort saw minimal fighting but plenty of troops in training as it also served as their living quarters.

 

 

A short time later in 1800, the town (at the time known as the Borough of Beaver) was named as the county seat and lead to the creation of Beaver County by 1802. With its’ prime location along the river, Beaver grew into a thriving community. Business boomed and allowed for the growth of mills and transportation. Along with this business growth, families moved into the area, complete with children. Even though at this time education was not on the forefront of the residents’ minds, informal school rooms were established, if for no other reason than to act as a childcare center.

Over time, the small education centers grew and allowed for the construction of a combined middle school and high school in 1899.

The school and town continued to grow and became a leader in technology throughout the 21st century. By this point, the school encapsulated the entire area of Beaver and allowed for even more growth. Come 1996, the school was renovated, separating and adding on creating two different entities: the middle school and high school.

This separation allowed for the high school to host its’ own events and allowed for growth geared toward older, more mature children. The auditorium holds up to 1,000 guests and commonly hosts school functions, concerts, and educational events. There were wings that were separated for the ease of communication and personal growth including a technology wing, science labs, a separate library, A/V studio, a theater holding up to 150 guests, an art wing including art classrooms and music classrooms, a pool, and two separate gymnasiums.

 

 

Currently, the Beaver High School hosts grades 9-12 and enrolls approximately 700 students. The school has been ranked the area’s top ranked school district for the last 16 years and has produced collegiate level students both academically and athletically.

 

Paranormal Experiences

 

Little is known and even less is shared regarding unnatural and unexplainable experiences that have occurred in the school. Just recently, some stories are coming to light and, especially those who stay at the school late at night, have begun to talk about their experiences.

There are more simple things like the sounds of slamming doors and lockers to the odd feeling of someone standing by watching visitors late at night. Some have experienced the sounds of instruments, particularly a clarinet echoing through the halls. This has even been heard early in the morning when no students are in the building. When this sound is tracked down, no one is to be found. Numerous teachers have heard this, even simultaneously on occasion, but no culprit is ever found.

Very recently, some of the office staff had physically witnessed an odd apparition. An older woman, moving slowly with a walker, made her way to a locked entry door. The staff saw this and directed this woman towards the secondary door which could be easily unlocked. As the staff ventured around the corner to unlock the door and allow the woman access, the woman disappeared from view and sight on the security camera. She turned a blind corner and was never spotted on the adjacent camera and never seen again.

It’s hard to tell why these noises and the apparition have been occurring recently or why these entities may be trapped here but if the land truly is cursed as the natives believe, there could be numerous explanations here. The land could draw in spirits from any time period where someone may have experienced something incredible in their life or something tragic. This could be something as simple as graduating high school to passing away from a sudden accident.

These strange noises may not necessarily be associated with the school itself, it’s very possible that the land has drawn some Native Americans back to the area, regardless of where the high school stands on the land, this land was still the natives’ hunting and war ground first. There have been theories that running water, and the natural energy created from it, have drawn more paranormal activity. As it is, the high school lies right over top the creek itself, which could also help explain the unexplainable.

 

 

5 thoughts on “Beaver Area High School – History

  1. I worked for 12 years+ @ Eaton across the street from Beaver HS.
    I can say I had a few odd things happen at the plant that may be associated with your HS investigational?
    I was working late by myself in 2004 or 05 & felt like someone touched my hair & top of my head? No one was around , no fans or air blowing. 2nd x was I was working with Marcie Hodge ( she still works there) she & I were across from each other. We were talking & laughing ( & working)! We both stopped as something in a shadow form was above us than gone. Neither of us said anything at first not wanting to seem crazy. We both were looking for a plane above the building which made no noise, was someone above us fixing ceiling or on the roof? Nothing! Finally I think Marcie questioned if I saw that? We still talked about it through out the years before I retired in 2019.
    There are many other stories from past employees.
    So it might be that area of Beaver. ( There was a killing many, many years ago when Eaton was Westinghouse in the parking area. Plus in my opinion one goes in as a really nice person & good worker & the place haunts you into eventually defending yourself & being mean.
    Hope this is helpful in someway?
    Kathy Roberts
    hoppieksr@gmail.com

    1. I started teaching at the hs/ms in January of 1969 and taught there until January of 2019. Ive been through all areas of the building many times doing activities such as teaching, SAT’s, football, basketball, swimming as well as auditorium activities. I’ve been the last one out of the building many times since I started managing the stage and auditorium for the last eighteen years. I’ve heard sounds when I was there and it was very quiet but they are the same sounds that you hear in your home from expanding and contracting structural materials as well as HVAC components. Never in my fifty years in the building have I heard anything that was suspicious. I’ve heard these other stories that you mentioned but for me personally I haven’t seen or heard any of them.

  2. To the claranet playing it could be our old music/ band teacher mr. Debenadetto, I had flute lessons with him and my friend would have claranet lesson at the same time he would play claranet along with us. Just a thought of the mystery music.

  3. High School student here! I’m a junior and have been in the beaver district my whole life. I think it’s really interesting that there are these reports! However, I can confirm that whatever activity has been witnessed was kept silent. Usually that sort of thing would spread like wildfire around the school amongst students, but I’ve never heard any mention of paranormal activity. The slightest pin drop would’ve sent shockwaves through the school body, yet there hasn’t been anything (at least, not that I’ve heard). I believe I heard a teacher talking about her experiences with hearing the mysterious clarinet, though! Really interested to see what happens, good luck!

  4. Former student, long time Beaver legend Coach C here back at it again with some more war stories. This one time, me and my good buddy Noah were walking by the high school gymnasium, and we saw a basketball bouncing by itself. We checked the boys locker room, yet there was nobody in there. We also made sure to cover all bases, and yelled into the girls locker room (we aren’t complete degenerates), however there was nobody inside. Noah has been traumatized by this event, as he often reminds me of it. He had to get therapy, but i honestly don’t think anything can help him at this point. I wish you guys would have been there to help out. Where were you when we needed you most? As for the clarinet sounds, I personally haven’t heard any of that noise, but i can assure you i play the clarinet well ;).

    Another time, mi amigo Alexander and I were roaming the halls, and he swears he saw a ghost by the little theatre stg fr ngl, and on G.

    Anyways, thank you for listening to my tales and trauma. I have a number of other stories to share, but I‘ll leave that one for the next video.

    Forever yours,
    Coach C

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