The Drexel Hill Area
Drexel Hill is a Census-designated place in Upper Darby Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. Drexel Hill is located about 20 minutes from Center City, Philadelphia. The population was 30,036 at the 2007 census.
Upper Darby Township is a home rule township bordering West Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, although it retains the term "Township" in its legal name, presumably for historic reasons. It is the largest municipality of any type in Delaware County and the 5th largest municipality in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Upper Darby is also home to the Tower Theater, an historic music venue on 69th street built in the 1920's. Upper Darby's population is diverse, representing over 100 ethnic cultures located within its densely populated, rowhouse streets.
Located just 2.8 miles from Center City many of its residents work downtown. Upper Darby is home to The east-west Philadelphia subway (the 'El') the Market-Frankford Line originates at 69th street, Upper Darby's principal business district. Multiple trolley and bus lines connect the 69th Street Terminal to all major Septa lines of Philadelphia.
Upper Darby is 65% residential, 25% commercial, and 8% other. As of the 2000 census, the township had a total population of 85,038. Because of a home-rule charter adopted in 1974 and effective in 1976, Upper Darby utilizes a mayor-council form of management, unlike communities that are still under the Pennsylvania Township Code. ("First Class" townships in Pennsylvania have a board of commissioners divided into wards, and "Second Class" townships having a board of supervisors, which are usually
Aronimink Business District (Walking Distance)
Drexeline Shopping Center (Walking Distance)
69th St. Shopping Ctr.,
Bond Shopping Ctr.
Barclay Square Shopping Ctr.
Granite Run Mall
King of Prussia Mall
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority runs two Trolley Lines through Drexel Hill, Route 101 Media and Route 102 Sharon Hill. SEPTA also runs buses through Drexel Hill, the Bus Routes 107, 110, 111, 115 and 122 all run through Drexel Hill.
The major roads running through Drexel Hill are Township Line Road (Route One), State Road, Burmont Road, Garrett Road, Lansdowne Avenue, Marshall Road, Drexel Avenue, Edmonds Avenue and Shadeland Avenue. We are 2.2 miles from (I-476) The Blue Route with easy access to I-95 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Upper Darby Township's Public Education is served by the Upper Darby School District. In all, the 12 Public Schools plus the Kindergarten Center serve nearly 12,000 students. Upper Darby High School is the largest High School in the State of Pennsylvania with well over 4,000 students. The district has one high school, Upper Darby High School, and two middle schools, Beverly Hills Middle School and Drexel Hill Middle School.
In addition to the public school district, Upper Darby is home to several parochial and private schools. Monsignor Bonner High School (for boys) and Archbishop Prendergast High School (for girls), both Roman Catholic, are the largest private schools in the Township. Both schools offer grades 9-12 with a combined enrollment close to 2,000 students. In addition to the two high schools, there are nine parochial primary and middle schools located in the Township including the St. Lucy Day School for Children with Visual Impairments, with a combined enrollment of 2,867. Almost all of the private academic schools in the Township are administered by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia except for the Holy Child Academy, which is a Catholic academy run by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus.
Also available to residents of Upper Darby and surrounding areas is the Upper Darby Adult Evening Program (UDAEP). UDAEP offers professional development and general education classes to township residents. UDAEP is an independent non-profit entity separate from the Upper Darby School District
Thornfield the house of Thomas Garrett, a famed abolitionist, lies on Garrett Road (named for his family, who were among the earliest settlers of that part of the Township) and Maple Avenue in Drexel Hill. Garrett resided here before 1822 and would later work as a station master in Wilmington, Delaware, the last stop on the Underground Railroad.
The Swedish Log Cabin on Creek Road alongside Darby Creek is possibly the oldest log house in North America. The cabin is believed to be built by early Swedish settlers and to have been part of the New Sweden colony. The cabin was most likely built between 1638 and 1655, but the exact year is not known. Log Cabin architecture was a major contribution of the colonial Swedes. European settlers from other countries copied this style of housing and the log cabin became popular all across America.