Ziegler Elementary exists to give students an education that allows them to choose their future.
We provide a world-class education to all students.
We keep our core values simple. They apply to both staff and students.
We take care of ourselves.
We take care of each other.
We take care of our school
We work hard everyday.
If we live those values every day, there’s nothing that can stop us from being world-class.
William H. Ziegler: The Man and the School
Our school was named after Dr.William Henry Ziegler who was born April 4, 1855, in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia. As a young man he worked in a hardware store to gain enough money to pay his tuition through medical school. He walked from Richmond to downtown Philadelphia every working day. Dr. Ziegler graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 1880. After graduation he became a physician for the Police Department. Dr. William Ziegler was elected to the Board of Education on October 5, 1923. He served as a member on the Philadelphia Board of Education for twenty-five years. William Henry Ziegler died in 1953. The William H. Ziegler Elementary School was dedicated in his honor on October 9, 1957.