Wilmington High Red Devils, from 1901 to 1999

           Wilmington High School on Delaware Ave., from 1901 to 1960 

Wilmington High School on DuPont Rd. and Lancaster Ave. 1961 to 1999

Things that happened in 1951
What Things Cost in 1951:
Car: $1,800
Gasoline: 27 cents/gal
House: $16,000
Bread: 16 cents/loaf
Milk: 92 cents/gal
Postage Stamp: 3 cents
Stock Market: 269
Average Annual Salary: $4,200


Harry S. Truman was president, Alben W. Barkley was vice-president

United States Population: 154,877,889

World Population: 2.593 billion

Cost of a first class stamp was 3 cents

August 11: CBS broadcast the first baseball game in color - Brooklyn Dodgers vs. Boston Braves

October 21: CBS introduces the "eye"

January 9 : United Nations headquarters officially opens in New York City


October 3 3:58pm - "Shot Heard 'Round the World" One of the greatest moments in Major League Baseball history-

Bobby Thompson of the NY Giants hits a walkoff home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the National League pennant


Dinah Shore begins her first TV series, "The Dinah Shore Show"

The Roy Rogers Show debuts on NBC, starring Roy Rogers and Dale Evans

"I Love Lucy" debuts on CBS

"Hallmark Hall of Fame" premieres

January 3: "Dragnet" debuts on NBC


1950 World Series was: NY Yankees vs. NY Giants (4-2)

Stanley Cup: Toronto vs. Montreal (4-1)

NCAA Basketball Championship: Kentucky vs. Kansas St. (68-58)

Count Turf was the Kentucky Derby champion


Best Motion Picture: "All About Eve"

Best Actor: Louis Calhern in "The Magnificent Yankee"

Best Actress: Anne Baxter in "All About Eve"

Jeff Chandler won for the best supporting actor in "Broken Arrow "

Hope Emerson won for the best supporting actress in "Caged"


The Ames Brothers released the album Hoop-De-Doo

Perry Como has the hit single "If"

Tony Bennett has the hit single "Because of You"

Charlie Rich's musical career begins.

Johnnie Ray has his first hit

Cost of Living 1951

How Much things cost in 1951
Yearly Inflation Rate USA 7.88%
Yearly Inflation Rate UK 9.5%
Average Cost of new house $9.000.00
Average wages per year $3,510.00
Cost of a gallon of Gas 19 cents
Average Cost of a new car $1,500.00
Loaf of Bread 16 cents
LB of Hamburger Meat 50 cents
Bacon per LB 52 cents
Eggs per dozen 24 cents
Water Jacket Heater ( Asbestos ) $4.59
Baby Diapers ( Cotton ) From $2.79
Children's Tricycle From $14.00

Popular Culture

The term Rock N Roll is coined by Cleveland Disc Jockey Alan Freed

The Dennis the Menace comic strip appears in newspapers across the U.S. for the first time.

Popular Films

  • An American in Paris
  • The African Queen
  • A Streetcar Named Desire
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still

Popular Music

  • Perry Como
  • Mario Lanza
  • Nat King Cole
  • Tony Bennett

Popular TV

  • I Love Lucy
  • What's My Line? debuts on BBC Television.

  • 1951 Unemployment dipped to 3.3% in the US and new roads were built to take the ever increasing numbers of cars including the New Jersey Turnpike. Children were given more than any other time in previous history with guitar lessons and sets of Encyclopedias to improve their minds . The average family income was $3,700 per year and people had money to spend so cars became more luxurious and had more powerful engines with options for two tone paint, during this time things like turn signals were still an extra and most drivers still used hand signals to tell other drivers which way they were turning. Television continued to grow with popular programmes like "I Love Lucy" and the first tests for Color Television Pictures were broadcast from Empire State Building . Europe continued to export many cars to the US including Volkswagen's and Austin's.

  • 22nd Amendment to the US Constitution, limiting the number of terms a president may serve, is ratified (Feb. 27).

  • Julius and Ethel Rosenberg sentenced to death for treason (April 5; executed June 19, 1953).

    World Series

    NY Yankees d. NY Giants (4-2)
    NBA Championship
    Rochester d. New York (4-3)
    Stanley Cup
    Toronto d. Montreal (4-1)
    Women: Doris Hart d. S. Fry (6-1 6-0)
    Men: Dick Savitt d. K. McGregor (6-4 6-4 6-4)
    Kentucky Derby Champion
    Count Turf
    NCAA Basketball Championship
    Kentucky d. Kansas St. (68-58)
    NCAA Football Champions
    Tennessee (10-0-0)


Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: The Town, Conrad Richter
Music: Music for opera Giants in the Earth, Douglas Stuart Moore

Oscars awarded in 1951
Academy Award, Best Picture: All About Eve (Twentieth Century-Fox)

Nobel Prize for Literature: Pär Lagerkvist (Sweden)

1951 Emmy Awards

1951 Tony Awards

Miss America: Yolande Betbeze (AL)

More Entertainment Awards...


  • Yul Brynner makes his first appearance as the king of Siam in Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I. Gertrude Lawrence costars (March 29).
  • Color television introduced in the U.S.
  • In an effort to introduce rhythm and blues to a broader white audience, which was hesitant to embrace "black music," disc jockey Alan Freed uses the term rock 'n' roll to describe R&B.
  • In the first broadcast of Edward R. Murrow's See It Now series, Murrow shows the split-screen image of the Golden Gate and Brooklyn bridges and tells viewers it is the first time to see the Atlantic and Pacific oceans simultaneously.


  • The African Queen, A Streetcar Named Desire, An American in Paris, A Place in the Sun