Elmer L. Meyers Junior/Senior High School

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Elmer L. Meyers Junior/Senior High School
Elmer L. Myers High School (panorama).jpg
341 Carey Avenue
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18702
United States
Coordinates 41°14′21″N 75°54′31″W / 41.239161°N 75.908629°W / 41.239161; -75.908629Coordinates: 41°14′21″N 75°54′31″W / 41.239161°N 75.908629°W / 41.239161; -75.908629
Type Public Junior-Senior High School
Motto "Steadfast Forever, Meyers High"
Established 1930
School district Wilkes-Barre Area School District
Principal Michael Elias
Staff 67
Grades 7–12
Enrollment 949
Color(s) Royal blue and Gold          
Nickname Mohawks
Rivals GAR Memorial Junior Senior High School, James M. Coughlin High School, And Holy Cross High School

Elmer L. Meyers Junior/Senior High School (commonly known throughout the area as 'E. L. Meyers' or 'Meyers') is an urban, public school located on 341 Carey Avenue, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. It is one of three public high schools in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District. Meyers is both a junior and senior public high school, offering education to approximately 898 students in grades 7–12.[1] The student to teacher ratio is approximately 12.6 students per teacher.[1] Meyers' sports teams are called "Mohawks." Meyers and G.A.R. High Schools have one of the longest standing sports rivalries in the Wyoming Valley.


Meyers opened in the 1930[2] and has survived the flood of 1972 from Hurricane Agnes.

Meyers has many traditions that are still practiced today including Moving Up day, a ceremony that officially marks the junior class move to senior status, as well as the senior class moving to the stage for graduation, which happens the day after in the school’s auditorium.[3] The school also celebrates Senior tea, a tradition that was started in the 1930s.[4]

Meyer has had visits from various famous individuals, including Amelia Earhart in spring of 1936 after the Meyer’s High School Women’s Club brought her in to talk to students about “Adventures in Flying”.[3]

More recently, the school had Travis Clark and Hunter Thomsen from We The Kings perform an acoustic set in October 2009. After winning the High School Hookup V2.0 from local radio station 97 BHT, the two members performed a free show in the auditorium.[3]

As of June 10, the Wilkes-Barre Area School District voted to consolidate the local schools, merging Meyers and Coughlin into a new 9th through 12th grade school to be built on the Coughlin site in downtown Wilkes-Barre. The 7th and 8th grades will be merged with Kistler Elementary to make that into a K-8th school.[5]

Extracurricular Activities[edit]

The school offers many sports and activities for students to participate in.


Meyers offers sports in the Fall, Winter, and Spring that is open for all students to join. Those sports include; cheerleading, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, boys' and girls' soccer, girls' volleyball, boys' and girls' basketball, swimming & diving, wrestling, baseball, softball, and track & field.[6]


Meyers offers year-round clubs that students can sign up and participate in. The clubs offered range from Meyers specific clubs, such as the Elmprint Club and Colophon Club, to national clubs and organizations, such as F.B.L.A. and National Honors Society.

The school offers two clubs dedicated to publishing the school newspaper, Elmprint, and producing the yearbook, Colophon. Other clubs offered include the Art Club, Chess Club, Computer Club, Diversity Club, Drama Club, Envirothon, F.B.L.A., Key Club, Math Club, National Honors Society, Scholastic Scrimmage, Ski Club, Spanish Club, Speech and Debate, Stage Crew, Student Council, and Watershed Project.[7]

In terms of musical groups, the school offers chorus, jazz band, marching band, and orchestra.[7]

Speech and Debate[edit]

E. L. Meyers High School is known across the country for its speech and debate team. Founded in 1997, Meyers hosts the Martin Luther King Open Speech and Debate Tournament every January. The team was tied for a national championship with four other schools in 2009 at the National Catholic Forensic League championships held in Albany, New York.[8][9][10]

The team offers students a host of events to choose to compete in. Some of the events that the team hosts include Lincoln–Douglas debate, policy debate, public forum debate, extemporaneous speaking, declamation, oral interpretation, original oratory, duo interpretation of literature, and dramatic interpretation.[10]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  11. ^ Moran, Malcolm (October 6, 1991). "Seminoles Flatten Syracuse". New York Times:New York Edition. p. 8.1. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  12. ^ a b Wiley, Ralph (September 25, 1989). "The Light And The Lightning". Sports Illustrated. Time Inc. p. 4. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  13. ^ a b Jenkins, Sally (October 19, 1992). "Call Him Qadry". Sports Illustrated. Time Inc. p. 1. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  14. ^ Anderson, Dave (November 1, 1990). "The Rocket: Caring, Shy, Compelling". New York Times: New York Edition. p. B13. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  15. ^ Maugh II and Rosie Mestel, Thomas H. (July 23, 2004). "Edward B. Lewis, 86; Nobel Winner Helped Unlock Secrets of Genetics". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  16. ^ "Biographical Memoirs: Edward B. Lewis" (PDF). Proceedings Of The American Philosophical Society. 150 (2). June 2006: 382. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  17. ^ "Dan Chariton". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  18. ^ Longsdorf, Amy (September 5, 2013). "Wilkes-Barre screenwriter sets film near hometown". The Morning Call. The Morning Call. Retrieved March 20, 2016.