The Life of John H Tyson Sr.

Upper Darby Educator - WWI Veteran

John H. Tyson, resident of Drexel Hill, served as Upper Darby Senior High Principal from 1919 for 24 years until he became the school districts Superintendent in 1943 & served for 20 years. During his time as superintendent, the district grew from 1,000 to 10,000 students.

Mr. Tyson is credited with removing the board from political interference in 1940 & under his instruction began the construction of the current Senior High School.

He was past president of the Delaware County Teachers Association, the Philadelphia Suburban Principals Association and the Pennsylvania Association of Secondary School Principals, and a chairman of the Philadelphia Suburban School Study Council.

Mr. Tyson was also a member of the Pennsylvania Schoolmans Club, Pennsylvania Association of Chief School Administrators, American Association of School Administrators, Pennsylvania Inter-scholastic Athletic Association (chairman of district one) and the State Board of Controls. He was also involved in the Upper Darby Rotary Club, Upper Darby Civil Defense Council, Upper Darby Adult School, among many others.

His historical undertakings are equally impressive. He was chairman of the Upper Darby History Association from 1968 to 1972, and published a hardbound edition on the history of the township.

John Tyson also served in WWI and retained the rank of Second Lieutenant in the Army Reserve.

John H. Tyson died February 10, 1974 at the age of 80.

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