In 1925, the new Shillington High School was constructed on
East Lancaster Avenue on land that was part of the Berks County
Alms House complex. An addition of twelve rooms was completed
in 1930 and four more rooms were completed in 1936. The last senior
class of the Shillington High School graduated in 1953, after
which time the building served the newly organized Governor Mifflin
School District. It served as Governor Mifflin High School until
1957 when it became Governor Mifflin Junior High School. In 1962,
extensive renovations and a sizable addition were completed. The
remodeled building served the community for 30 more years before
it was demolished during the summer of 1992, to make way for the
new Governor Mifflin Middle School. This building proudly displayed
the motto, Learn To Live ... Live To Learn for 67 years. The very
same letters were saved and are proudly displayed today on the
Governor Mifflin Middle School on the same site and nearly the
The expression "Learn to live and live to learn" comes from the poem, To My Daughter by James Baynard Taylor. Taylor, who lived from January 11, 1825 to December 19, 1878, was an American poet, literary critic, translator, and travel author from Southeastern Pennsylvania.
To My Daughter
by James Baynard Tayor -1872
Learn to live, and live to learn,
Ignorance like a fire doth burn,
Little tasks make large returns.
In thy labors patient be,
Afterward, released and free,
Nature will be bright to thee.
Toil, when willing, growth less;
"Always play" may seem to bless,
Yet the end is weariness.
Live to learn, and learn to live,
Only this content can give;
Reckless joys are fugitive!