User Rating: 5 / 5

Star ActiveStar ActiveStar ActiveStar ActiveStar Active

Highlights of BLISS History
  • The first class of the Bliss electrical School started in October of 1893 in one room on the 3rd floor of the Water Building at the corner of Ninth and Ebb streets, as a night class, with 26 students.   
  • On November 6th 1908, the entire Bliss plant was destroyed by fire.     
  • During WWI, the Bliss Electrical School organized a searchlight company of engineers consisting of 57 men from the 1917 class, headed by Lt. Clyde K. Krisee of the faculty, and under Major Gotwells of the Engineers of the United States Army.  These men were used for instruction purposes in a searchlight school in Paris.  
  • In 1918 the War Department requested that Bliss prepare a training course in the fundamentals of electricity for men entering the Army.  This course was adopted by the War Department and was the first course used in all the colleges throughout the country, giving instructions along this line to army personnel in the Student Army Training Corps.  Bliss School resumed civilian training in 1919.  
  • In 1920 Louis D. Bliss, from whom the school is named, broadcast over the first broadcasting station in the world, KEKA in Pittsburgh, which was opened by the Westinghouse Company.  
  • In 1921 President Harding received the class of 1921 and shook hands personally with each of the 340 members.  
  • The first edition of the Bliss School textbook, Theoretical and Practical Electrical Engineering, was published in 1921.    
  • The Bliss Electrical School was one of the first schools to be approved for veteran training following the close of the Second World War, and they trained about 2,000 veterans under the GI Billl of Rights.  
  • In 1929 350 alumni of Bliss School were invited to the White House and had a picture taken with President Herbert Hoover.  
  • The school merged with Montgomery College in 1950 in Takoma Park MD.
    Much of the above was found in a speech given in 1955 to the Bliss Electrical School Alumni.   To learn more about Dr. Louis D. Bliss, read his speech given at this event.
    The Bliss legacy has continued on in many forms, including the Louis D. Bliss Memorial Scholarship which is awarded most notably to electrical engineering students at Montgomery College.   The "Commons Building" renovated in 2009 along with Falcon Hall and other south campus buildings at Montgomery College, sits on the original Bliss School site.
Founded 1893
Merged  with Montgomery College in 1950 in Takoma Park MD 
Location 9th & Ebb, Washington, DC
Yearbook Rheostat

Yearbooks - please note that no scans or info will be provided from yearbooks for students that would be under the age of 21 at time of request


Links to images from individual yearbooks

none currently available - please upload your yearbook!

Notable Alumni

  • Dr. Louis D. Bliss:  Born 8-Jul-1871 in Newburgh New York, and died at the age of 89 on 6-Feb-1961 from arterial Sclerosis.  He is buried at the Cedar Hill Cemetery.  I read that he graduated from George Washington University (DC) in 1922 and was an Engineer by trade, but I was unable to find him in that yearbook.  He was married to Mabel Stickney in 1895 and they had two children, George and Katherine.
  • W.B. Connelly (1904):  The Panama Canal was electrified in 1914 and Connelly had charge for the General electric company at Schenectady of the inspection of some two miles of switchboards for the control of the Panama installation.  Mr. Connelly also was on the staff at Bliss and instructed Mr. Skipwith B. Cole, then a student, and later Dean of the faculty at Bliss.
  • J. Harvey Ashwall (1918):  Vice President of the Westinghouse electric Company.
  • Winslow Carlson (1918):  received the Coffrin Award from the General Electric Company for an important invention in connection with the super heterodyne radio receiving set.  
  • Morris M. Tenerington (1913):  he developed the Earth inductor compass which was used by Charles Lindbergh when he flew from New York to Paris in 1927.  Mr. Tenerington was Vice President Chief Engineer of the Pioneer Instrument Company of Brooklyn, New York and also a pilot. He was killed in 1928 when his plane was struck by lightening in Pennsylvania and crashed.
  • Thomas E. Robertson (1893):  Former United States Commissioner of Patents was present on the platform and participated in the final exercie of the 66th final class to be graduated from Bliss in 1950.   

If you have any questions or would like to share information about this school and/or post pictures from yearbooks from this school, please register to become a member. Once registered and logged into the site, you will see the COMMENT section at the bottom of this page which includes the ability to add information and upload images. Please note that registered members have access to many features not available to others and registration is currently free! We welcome all contributions so please join us to make this a valuable resource for all.

Copyright Information: Please feel free to download images for your personal use only. If referencing our content on another site, please post a link to our site vs posting our images on other sites. This helps us to draw attention to our site and it helps you by keeping this resource free and open to the public. Thank you.