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Does anyone remember all the words to the Chestnut Street School song?

Ben Steelman

Chestnut Street School Song

Chestnut Street School so dear

Tis you we love

We’ll give a hearty cheer

For all those friends we think so much of.

We’ll ere be true to you

Proud of you too

Chestnut Street School so dear

Tis You we love, tis you we love, tis you.

(The tune to this was “Anchors Away.”)

Lyrics provided by Henrietta Gieschen Godwin

Chestnut Street School was built in 1942 to help accommodate the hordes of students who crowded into Wilmington as their parents went to work in the shipyard. Its Art Deco design was by the Boney architectural firm of Wilmington. (A later generation of students repainted the stylized “G” on the “Gymnasium” sign to resemble Pac-Man.)

 Intriguingly, a 1941 blueprint for the project, now at the New Hanover County Public Library, shows it was originally called “Chestnut Heights School.”

The school was later renamed Snipes Elementary School in honor of its first principal, Annie Wells Herring, who in 1944 married Elmer Snipes, the manager of the Independent Ice Co. (Thanks to Wilbur D. Jones Jr. for that detail.)

Listed on the Historic Wilmington Foundation’s “Most Threatened List,” the school building was demolished with little fanfare in February 2009. Its former campus is now the site of the Snipes Academy of Art and Design, 2150 Chestnut St.

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Mary Gaddy

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3 Responses to “ Does anyone remember all the words to the Chestnut Street School song?”

  1. On September 23, 2010 at 7:29 pm Wayne wrote:

    Sorry, but it’s “Anchors Aweigh”, not “Anchors Away”. Any sailor worth his salt would know that! ;^)

  2. On September 29, 2010 at 9:38 pm Ana wrote:

    I went to chestnut street school in the late 60 and it was still called chestnut school so when was it ever call snipes elemertary , i live all my live in wilmington and i don’t rember it ever being call snipes .. just asking thanks

  3. On January 29, 2011 at 10:51 am Stanley Outlaw wrote:

    It was Chestnut Street Jr High in the early 60s when I went to Chestnut. The newer building on the 23rd Street side housed 1-6 grades, That school was Snipe’s Elementary and the main and older 2 story structure which housed the gym and auditorium was Chestnut Jr High (grade 7-9). The building that was in the rear which was built about the time of Snipes was for shop, band, chorus and extra classrooms. The main building burnt in the 80s I believe and was completely rebuild except for the outside walls from what we where told at the time. Makes me wonder where the asbestos came from that was used as one of the main reasons for destroying a historic site.

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