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Owen J Roberts

1. Owen J. Roberts School District is a school district located in northern Chester County, Pennsylvania. The school district comprises five elementary schools, one middle school, and a high school. The student population for the entire district is around 4,800 students. The current school tax rate is 26.82 miles.

The school district, which is located in Bucktown, covers an area of 110 square miles in 7 townships. Recently the district completed construction on a newly renovated middle school and a new elementary school.

Owen Josephus Roberts was born May 2, 1875 in Germantown, Pennsylvania. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1895 as valedictorian. He then continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He built a successful law career which included positions as First District Attorney in Philadelphia and work in corporate and estate law. Roberts also devoted his time to teaching at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

From 1930 to 1945, Owen J. Roberts served as a Supreme Court Justice. He was best known for his position as a “swing justice” since he frequently cast the deciding vote, and thus determined the majority opinion between the liberals and conservatives on the Court.

Justice Roberts’ connection to northern Chester County began in 1929 with the purchase of Bryncoed, a 700-acre farm in the Birchrunville area. He originally purchased it for a country home, but enjoyed raising both crops and cattle there.

Throughout his life, Justice Roberts volunteered much of his time to community service. Justice Roberts died May 17, 1955 at the age of 80 and is buried at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.

Visit the official school district website here.

Elementary Schools

  • East Vincent
  • East Coventry
  • French Creek
  • North Coventry
  • North Vincent

Middle School

  • OJR Middle School

High School

2. Township Information

3. About Chester County
Chester County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 498,886, with an estimated population of 500,182 in 2011. The county seat is West Chester. It is the highest-income county in Pennsylvania and 24th highest in the nation as measured by median household income (as of 2010). Eastern Chester County is home to many communities that comprise the Main Line western suburbs of Philadelphia, while part of its southernmost portion is considered suburban Wilmington, Delaware, along with southwest Delaware County. Source: Wikipedia

Chester County was one of the three original Pennsylvania counties created by William Penn in 1682. It was named for Chester, England. It is part of the Delaware Valley region and is the only county in Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania suburbs that does not border Philadelphia.