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The History of Rhawnhurst, PA

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Rhawnhurst is a residential neighborhood in Northeast, Philadelphia. The stunning neighborhood with rich history belongs to ZIP codes 19152 and part of 19111. Rhawnhurst is considered to be bordered by Cottman Avenue and the Pennypack Creek. The geographic heart of Rhawnhurst is located at the intersection of Castor Avenue and Rhawn Street.


Prior to 1940, the largest areas of the Northeast, including Rhawnhurst, were mainly farmland. By 1940, development in Philadelphia had reached Cottman Avenue, and the neighborhood began to commercialize.

Despite much of the development occurring in a neighboring town, Mayfair, the area between Pennypack Park and Cottman Avenue had not been subdivided.

Following the baby boom of World War II, demand for housing continued to arise in the 1960s, and new housing was built in open areas of the Northeast, including Rhawnhurst. The majority of homes built in Rawhnhurst were twins, accompanied by a few ranchers and duplexes built by local home builder A.P. Orleans.

With more and more families moving to Rawhurst, the diversity of religious faiths expanded. There are several churches and synagogues found in Rawhurst including,

  • The Resurrection of our Lord Church, the only Roman Catholic church in Rhawnhurst
  • Redemption Lutheran Church, 1929
  • Rhawnhurst Baptist Church
  • All Saints Episcopal Church
  • Rhawnhurst Presbyterian Church, 1929
  • Philadelphia First Church of the Nazarene
  • Philadelphia Boulevard Seventh-day Adventist Church.
  • Ahavas Torah
  • Beth Medrash Harav
  • B'nai Israel – Ohev Zedek
  • The Lubavitcher Center
  • Ner Zedek Ezrath Israel
  • Congregation Dibrot Eliyahu


The School District operates the charming area of Rhawnhurst in Philadelphia, and in the small neighborhood, there are four schools.

The first being the Farrell Elementary School, which opened in the 1960s. This K-8 school was founded during the buildup of the Bell's corner section of Rhawnhurst. The school has been ranked #738 (of 1,737) Most Diverse Elementary Schools in Pennsylvania.

The second school is Ranwnhurst Elementary School, which opened in 1948 during the development of the area. Serving students grade K-5, the Rawnhurst Elementary School has been ranked #51 (of 1,737) Most Diverse Public Elementary Schools in Pennsylvania.

The third school is Woodrow Wilson Middle School, serving 1,319 students in grades 6-8. The middle school has been ranked #24 (of 800) Most Diverse Public Middle Schools in Pennsylvania.

Lastly, Rawnhurst's zoned high school is Northeast High School, founded in 1890. The high school is one of the oldest high schools in Philadelphia. It is best known for its alumni Lil Uzi Vert (hip-hop artist), Herb Adderley (hall of fame football player), Eddie Stanky (major league baseball player and manager), and Ralph Garman (TV/ radio personality).

With fantastic schools across all age levels, Rhawnhurst is the ideal neighborhood to raise a growing family.

Notable Persons

The quaint town of Rhawnhurst, PA, is home to several notable people you may have heard. These persons include,

  • Rubén Amaro Jr., MLB baseball player, general manager, and coach
  • Ralph Garman, impressionist, and radio on-air personality
  • Duane Swierczynski, crime writer
  • Dennis Duffy, stunt double for Timothée Chalamet

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Date Published: May 25, 2021
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