NEW LONDON HIGH SCHOOL


In 1921 Mr Charles Mead talked about our "Public School Situation". The audience seemed "surprised" as if they hadn't heard before about the rooms being overcrowded, poorly lighted and over ventilated. The lower grades were jammed with youngsters and the toilets were in the most unsanitary condition and there was no place for washing hands. The State Inspector of Public Buildings had been telling the school board that these conditions would not be tolerated much longer.

The school bond issue passed by 112 votes. The lots north of the school building and west of Fred Hale's private alley were added to the school land. The increased property was bounded on the north by East Main St. and on the west by Park Ave. The new building would be 80 feet from the street.

The architect for the new school building was Granville Scott of Norwalk, Ohio. The contractors were: Building, Albert Snurr of Sandusky; Plumbing, A.S. Hunter and Sons of Willard; Electrical Work, R.E. Kelley of New London; Window Shades went to Educational Supply Co. of Painesville; Furniture and Fixtures to the State Institution of Mansfield; Manual Training Tools to Dunlap and Gilbert of New London; Stage Scenery, Craft Studios of New London; Domestic Science Cooking Equipment to R.C. Gettle of New London; Sewing Equipment to Singer Sewing Co. of Ashland; and the Softener Contract went to Wayne Task and Pump Co. of Wooster, Ohio. The proposed cost of the building, plumbing and heating appliances were $12,500. Electrical Work was figured at $2,750; Furnishings and Fixtures at $5,326; Misc. Expenditures at $8,424. This totaled to $29,000.

The school was finished and open to students the first week of January, 1924 and grades seven through twelve were transferred to the new high school building. This building still serves today in the year 2000 in the same capacity but will be replaced by a new school facility being built at the south edge of New London scheduled to be completed in the Fall of 2001. The fate of the old high school building will not be known till later. It will be remembered by many New London students who went to school there.




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