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Chagrin Falls


Exempted Village Schools

History

OUR HISTORY

In August of 1849, the first Board of education was established in Chagrin Falls. The board purchased the old Ashbury Seminary on Philomethian Street and the one-room schoolhouses located throughout the village were consolidated into a Union School.

In 1879, Hugh Christian completed the entire required curriculum and received the first Chagrin Falls High school diploma. He was the only member of the graduating class. In 1885, the brick Philomethian Street School was constructed and referred to as the Chagrin Falls Union School. In 1907, the Chagrin Falls Schools were granted a charter from the State department of Education.

In 1927, the board of education acquired 54 acres of land on East Washington Street, which was the site of the old Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. Harris Stadium now stands in that spot and still makes use of the fairgrounds’ former grandstand. In 1937 the Chagrin Falls Schools become the Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools, “exempt” from county control.

In 1957 the Lewis Sands Elementary School was built on the East Washington Street property. In 1959, a new high school was also built on this property and the first outside graduation was held at the athletic field. In 1966 the T.C. Gurney Elementary School was built in South Russell. Finally, in 1999 the new Middle School was built at the former Lewis Sands location with shared-use facilities with the high school.

Chagrin Falls Schools – a brief chronological history

1834 – One-room schoolhouses emerge throughout the village

1842/1843 – The Ashbury Seminary School was built on the west side of Philomethian Street

1849 – The first Board of education is established in Chagrin Falls

1858 – The Ashbury Seminary was closed and purchased by the board of education.  Village schoolhouses are consolidated into a Union School.

1879 – Hugh Christian completed the entire required curriculum and receives the first Chagrin Falls High School diploma.  He was the only member of the graduating class.

1885/1886 – The brick Philomethian Street School was built and is referred to as the Chagrin Falls Union School.

1892 – A 750 seat assembly hall and schoolrooms are added to the Philomethian Street School.

1895 – Electric lights were installed in the Philomethian School.

1907 – the Chagrin falls Schools were granted a charter from the State Department of Education entitled, “First Grade High School” meaning a four-year high school.

1913 – A grandstand is built at the Cuyahoga County fairgrounds on East Washington Street, the home of the present Harris Stadium.

1914 – A brick high school building was built facing east Washington Street

1923 – Alterations are made to the Philomethian Street School including a gymnasium.

1927 – The board of education acquired the use of 54 acres of land at the site of the old Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds on East Washington Street for educational and recreational purposes.

1937 – The Chagrin falls Schools become the Chagrin falls Exempted Village Schools, “exempt” from county control.

1945 – The first night football game was held at the high school football field.

1957 – The Lewis sands Elementary School was built on the site of the old Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds on east Washington Street.

1959 – The first outdoor graduation ceremony was held at the athletic field on East Washington Street.

A new high school was built at the site of the old Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds.  The class of 1960 is the first to graduate from the new building.

1961 – A separate “little red schoolhouse” was built next to Lewis Sands School.

A new gymnasium and language arts building, now used as the cafeteria and commons at the high school, were built.

1963 – The Chagrin Valley Conference was organized.

1966 – The T.C. Gurney Elementary School was built in South Russell.

1971 – The bus garage was built at Gurney School.

1983 – Gurney School was closed due to declining enrollment.

1984 - A new all-weather track was installed at the high school athletic Field

1988 – Gurney School was reopened due to increasing enrollment.

1989 – Major renovations were made at the Middle School.

1993 – Computer modifications were done in all Chagrin Falls school buildings.

1998 – Four new classrooms were built at the high school.

            Additions and renovations were made at Gurney School.

1998/1999 – A new Middle School containing grades 7-8 was built at the former Lewis Sands location with shared-use facilities with the high school.

The former Chagrin Falls Middle School on Philomethian Street was renovated and renamed the Chagrin Falls Intermediate School containing grades 4-6.

Classroom additions were made at the high school.

 Athletic Fields were added at Gurney School.

2004 – New artificial field installed at Harris Stadium

2007 – Grand Opening of the Performing Arts Center

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