SAMS Building History

The building located at 101 Park Place, Shippensburg currently wears the name the Shippensburg Area Middle School but that has not always been the case. This building has undergone both changes in name and physical structure. Construction of this particular building started in the 1953/1954 school year with an opening and dedication in the 1954/1955 school year. In 71/72 with the construction of a new high school at 201 Eberly Drive, this building became the Shippensburg Area Junior High School which housed grades 7 – 9. During a two-year transition, 1998 – 2000, there were addition changes to the grades that were instructed in this building. Grades 7 & 8 occupied the building in 1998/99 with a change to grades 6, 7, & 8 taking place in 1999/00. This is also the year in which the name of this building became the Shippensburg Area Middle School as is it currently called today.

Click here for the SAMS history Booklet

There have also been many changes in administration since 1954 as shown below.

*If information located on this page is incorrect, please notify the Shippensburg Area Middle School and corrections will be made.
 PrincipalsAssistant Principals
1950s:Charles DavisCharles Davis
 Alpheus DrayerHarry Jacobs
1960s:Apheus DrayerHarry Jacobs
 G. McPhersonErnie Agles
 Harry JacobsRobert Swinsick
 Robert SwinsickSamuel Norris
 George BresslerRobert Hartz
1970s:George BresslerRobert Hartz
 Samuel Norris 
1980s:Lyle AdamsRonald Straley
 Rod YoungRich Bonitz
  Tom Cessna
1990s:Rod YoungDenny Spedden
 Bill ChainVance Varner
200s:Bill ChainVance Varner
 Teri MoweryBeth Bender
  AJ Norton
  Matt Strine
  Brian Granger
2010s:Teri MoweryBrian Granger
 David RiceScott Shapiro
 Bernadette BenbowJustin Sholes
  William Brindle
2020s:Bernadette BenbowWilliam Brindle
 Greg MillerStephanie Barnhart
  Jeremy Barnes April Fitz