Rachel Carson Graduated Here From Parnassus High School

I spent a day on Chatham University’s main campus in Oakland (Pittsburgh) for an event last fall. I grabbed lunch at Cafe Rachel, Chatham’s coffee shop.

Chatham named the shop after environmentalist Rachel Carson. Carson graduated from Chatham in 1929 when the school was called Pennsylvania College for Women. She wrote Silent Spring in 1962.

One wall of Cafe Rachel detailed Carson’s life. This wall noted that Carson was born and raised in Springdale. (Springdale is across the Allegheny River from New Kensington.) The wall told me that Carson graduated from Parnassus High School in Parnassus, Pennsylvania.

(I already knew this. Wikipedia already knows this. However, I was psyched to see the Parnassus reference on a wall at Chatham University.)

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2 thoughts on “Rachel Carson Graduated Here From Parnassus High School”

  1. My grandmother, Hazel Alma Ross, was Rachel Carson’s high school English teacher at Parnassus. She always called it her claim to fame.

    1. Hi Paul: Thank you for reading my blog and commenting! I didn’t mention this in the original blog post, but the reason that I visited Chatham was for a creative writing conference that was open to the public. I spent some time reviewing Chatham’s marketing material for their writing MFA program. The marketing material that I read heavily embraced Carson’s reputation as a famous writer and her connection to Chatham. That’s really cool that your grandmother was Carson’s high school English teacher. (One of my own sisters is an English teacher. My dad is a retired high school teacher. My dad’s brother is a retired high school English teacher. My dad’s sister is a retired teacher.)

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