Friday, September 21, 2012

Academy High School and Veterans Memorial Stadium

Academy High School, 2825 State Street, Erie, PA. Now NW PA Collegiate Academy.
Veterans Memorial Stadium and Academy High School.
Academy High School at 2825 State Street in Erie, PA opened in 1920 and closed in 1992. The school was located on East 29th Street and stretched from State Street to French Street. Academy was closed for several years and later reopened as the Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy.

The Academy Lions fielded a number of sports teams, including football, basketball, baseball, golf, bowling, softball and tennis. The school colors were blue and gold.

Two professional magicians graduated from Academy High School. Here is a link to Ben Salinas

Here is a link to his Bobby Borgia (Class of '85) on his YouTube channel: Borgia Magic

Veterans Memorial Stadium has hosted a variety of events, including football games, circuses, concerts, automobile races and a re-enactment of the Battle of Lake Erie during the 1963 Perry Sesquicentennial.

Allendale101 has posted vintage dirt track racing at the Veterans Stadium on YouTube. These clips are from Joe Mobilia's collection. Check out the Stadium in this clip: Stadium Racing

Find more information about Erie PA history at Old Time Erie

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