Triadelphia Middle School in Wheeling Has 100 Reasons To Celebrate

Photo by Joselyn King Triadelphia Middle School special education teacher Marsha Roth, left, principal Ann Coleman and sixth-grade language arts teacher Carmen Heil review past yearbooks in preparation for the school’s 100th birthday celebration this week.

WHEELING — Triadelphia Middle School is inviting the public to its 100th birthday celebration this week.

Administrators, staff and students will host an open house from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the school. Limited parking is available on the school property, and visitors are encouraged to park in the White Palace parking lot near the lake at Wheeling Park. A shuttle service will be provided by Kepner Funeral Home.

Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Those attending will receive a commemorative Triadelphia School ornament and a T-shirt celebrating the school’s 100th birthday. Also in the gift bag will be a CD produced by students providing historical perspectives on World War II told in the form of an old radio show.

The school’s band, strings and chorus students will provide musical entertainment, and tours of the facility will be offered every half hour.

Visitors also will get an opportunity to speak their thoughts on what Triadelphia Middle School has meant to them. These interviews will be assimilated into another CD.

Guests will be able to view PowerPoint presentations produced by students showing how life at the school has changed over the decades. The presentations will focus on the history of sports, fads and fashions and club and academics at the school.

Students found the material for their work by researching the school’s yearbooks, which date back to the 1920s.

The current yearbook advisor at Triadelphia Middle School is sixth-grade language arts teacher Carmen Heil, who explained the yearbooks provided a written record for each year at the school.

“It was really neat to see the kids delve into the yearbooks and find the history,” she said. “That to me as a teacher has been the most rewarding part of the project. They really got into into it and learned a lot from it.

“As the yearbook advisor, this shows me how important our yearbooks are. If it’s not in the yearbook, it didn’t happen.”

Principal Ann Coleman said she has been impressed by the connections people have with Triadelphia Middle School and its previous lives as a high School and junior high school.

The school for most of its life was Triadelphia High School, but transitioned into Triadelphia Junior High with the opening of Wheeling Park High School in 1976. It became a middle school in the early 1980s.

“People have a connection to this school, rather it be from their high school age or junior high or middle school,” she said. “People have a love for Triadelphia (Middle School).”

Special education teacher Marsha Roth reported she had at least one student who was bringing both her parents and her grandparents.

“We are certainly running into people who have parents and grandparents who have graduated from the school,” Roth said. “The school has always been an important part of the community.”

Triadelphia Middle School is at 1636 National Road. Those needing more information may contact the school at 304-243-0387.