In the 1920s, the borough of Canonsburg made the switch from "centralized schools", where the school was located in the center of a community, to "ward schools", where the schools spread across the community. Canonsburg hired George Brugger to design three new schools.
As opposed to the two other schools that utilitarian in design, residents had requested that the third school be more "traditional". Brugger designed the Hawthorne with Tudor Revial style.
The Hawthorne School was demolished in September 1986, after it was purchased by nearby residents to prevent it from being developed into an apartment building.