Scranton State School for the Deaf

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Scranton State School for the Deaf
1800 N Washington Ave
Scranton, Pennsylvania 18509
 United States
Established 1880
Founder Rev. Jacob M. Koehler
Closed 2009
Authority Pennsylvania Department of Education
Teaching staff 35 (as of 2006-07)[1]
Age range 3-18
Enrollment 74 (as of 2006-07)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 2.1 (as of 2006-07)[1]
Campus size 10 acres (40,000 m2)
Team name Bears

Scranton State School for the Deaf was a residential school for the deaf established in 1880 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States. Its students ranged in age from 3 to 18. At the end of the 2008-09 school year, the school was turned over from state management to the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.[2] The new school was renamed Scranton School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children.


Reverend Jacob Koehler established the school in 1880.[3] In 1913, by authority of a state legislative act, the Commonwealth took control of the school renaming it the Pennsylvania State Oral School for the Deaf. It was subsequently renamed the Scranton State School for the Deaf in 1976.



Extracurricular activities[edit]

Scranton State School for the Deaf athletic teams, known as the Bears, compete in basketball, softball, cross country, soccer, and cheerleading in Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association and Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association competition.

Notable alumni[edit]

Former superintendents[edit]

Dr. Victor H. Galloway (1979-1981)

Dr. Dorothy S. Bambach (1988 - 2006)

  • Dr. Monita Hara (2007–2009)[4]


  1. ^ a b c "School Detail for Scranton State School for the Deaf". National Center for Education Statistics. 
  2. ^ Hall, Sarah Hofius (2009-06-10). "Last class graduates from SSSD". The Times-Tribune. At the end of the month, the state will transfer control of the school to the private Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, a move that will save the state about $2 million next year. After high school classes and residential programs end following the 2009-10 school year, those students will be given the option to attend school at WPSD's Pittsburgh campus. 
  3. ^ Gannon, Jack. 1981. Deaf Heritage–A Narrative History of Deaf America, Silver Spring, MD: National Association of the Deaf, p. 46-47 (PDF)(PDF)
  4. ^ Hall, Sarah Hofius (2009-05-13). "SSSD superintendent resigns rather than be suspended". The Times-Tribune. 

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Coordinates: 41°25′47″N 75°38′24″W / 41.4297°N 75.6401°W / 41.4297; -75.6401