LIMA HIGH SCHOOL SPLITS INTO TWO HIGH SCHOOLS
LIMA HIGH SCHOOL BUILT IN 18?? LIMA HIGH SCHOOL HALL
The facade faced on East High Street Auditorium
FRANKLIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FACED W. NORTH ST. BEAUTIFUL LIMA HIGH FACADE ANNUAL 'MIRROR'
Lima High School and Franklin elementary school were joined together in later years. The complex eventually
was contained within the boundaries of West High Street, West North Street, North McDonel Street, and North Pierce Street.
Lima High school was getting crowded because of the growth of the city of Lima.
It was probably around 1914, that the parents in the south and east ends of Lima, started talking about a high school for their sections of the city.
An architect named Thomas McLaughlin was hired to draw up plans for a new high school. Mr. McLaughlin was also responsible for the Y.W.C.A., Lima
Stadium(6,000 seats), and other
LIMA SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL NORTH TOWER Photo by Herb Lanker prominent structures.
Lima South was built in 1917, at a cost of $247,000. At this time the final figure was a lot of money.
The high school was located on a plot of ground bordered by St. Johns Avenue, East Franklin Street, South Pine Street, and East Vine Street. The land was diagonal on one side, and straight on the other three sides.
The site comprises approximately two city blocks, affording ample opportunity for the development of of sports, and the adding on to the building as Lima grows. South High was 205' along Pine street, and 106' deep. It is built
of reenforced concrete and brick with terra cotta trimmings. The building is completely fireproof.
The main building consits of three stories, while the shop area facing the inner court are one story with high ceilings and steel and glass construction to assimulate real shops. The shops are isolated so as not to interfere
with other course departments with their noise and smoke. The departments are forge and foundry, woodworking,
pattern shop, machine shop, and woodworking shop.
The first floor plans were to fullfill the needs of the Junior High Organization, and the industrial arts departments. The gymnasium was on the first floor and contained both boys' and girls' shower and dressing rooms.
there was also a visitors balcony for spectators. Entrance could also be made directlly from the outside so that the building could be utilized by other people.
The building is a half square, and has an 800 student capacity. In 1923, the other half of the square was
completed, which included a library, a three story auditorium(seating 1400), and more classrooms in the south quadrant. A 1000 seat gymnasium was built for the boys, and basketball.
Now the public schools could remove the 7th and 8th graders from the elementary schools and place them at
South and Central. This relieved the congestion at the elementary schools. The public schools became organized
under the six-six plan
The furniture was constructed of quartered oak, and was modern in character. The Mansfield Reformatory
was responsible for this quality work. Since the cost of materials was low, the board of education saved at least $25,000.
LIMA SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL-1919
LIMA SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL-1919 NO LIBRARY, AUDITORIUM, OR CLASSROOMS ON SOUTH SIDE.
. NO BOY'S GYMNASIUM. THESE ROOMS WERE BUILT ON LATER IN 1923.
LIMA SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL-FIRST FLOOR PLAN-1919
LIMA SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL SHOP AREA-1919
WOODWORKING BENCH SHOP FORGE SHOP
MACHINE SHOP PRACTICE MECHANICAL DRAWING
The manual arts program was placed at the high school, because the people in the south area were involved in industries and trades. It was felt at the time that the people of Central's district were more affluent and were
into other occupations such as: doctors lawyers, retail businesses, Etc. Central kids could attend South if they wanted to though.
LIMA SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL CLASSROOMS-1919
PHYSICS LABORATORY-THIRD FLOOR CHEMISTRY LABORATORY-THIRD FLOOR
GENERAL SCIENCE-THIRD FLOOR COMMERCIAL DEPARTMENT-SECOND FLOOR
227 STUDY HALL-SECOND FLOOR FOODS LABORATORY-THIRD FLOOR
CAFETERIA KITCHEN-THIRD FLOOR SOUTH GYMNASIUM-1919
NORTH TOWER STAIRCASE-FROM THIRD FLOOR VIEW OF THIRD FLOOR-DROP CEILINGS-2002
COST OF LIMA SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL-1919
ARCHITECTS...................McLAUGHLIN AND HULSKEN, LIMA
GENERAL CONTRACTOR..F.E. WOOD, LIMA
SITE AND GENERAL CONTRACT:......................................$246,598
HEATING AND VENTILATING:........................................... 31,331
ELECTRIC WIRING AND FIXTURES........ ......................... 8,319
FURNITURE AND GENERAL EQUIPMENT.......................... 23,688
MACHINE SHOP EQUIPMENT LIMA BOARD.....................$ 13,070
THE OHIO STEEL FOUNDRY,C0.: J.E.GALVIN... 2,200
THE GRAMM-BERNSTEIN MOTOR TRUCK: B.A. GRAMM.. 2,000
THE LIMA STEEL CASTING CO.: M.L. JOHNSON 1,200
THE SOLAR REFINING CO.: J.G. NEUBAUER 2,300
LIMA LOCOMOTIVE WORKS, INC.: BILL L.REID 4,000
EAST IRON & MACHINE CO.: C.C. MOSHER 800
CHALMERS MFG. CO.: FRED BISZANZ 300
THE BUCKEYE MACHINE CO.: L.F. HELMS 150
STEINER BROTHERS: P. STEINER 120
TOTAL SUPPORT FROM ABOVE INDUSTRIES $ 13,070
SHOP EQUIPMENT TOTAL $ 26,140
STATE AND FEDERAL FUNDS APPROPRIATED BY THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION FOR LIMA SCHOOLS
MACHINE SHOP & PART TIME INSTRUCTORS............... $3240.00
PART-TIME VOCATIONAL WOODWORK INSTRUCTOR.. 680.00
HOME ECONOMICS INSTRUCTORS................................. 1020.00
HOME MAKERS' COURSE FOR OVER-AGE GIRLS............ 500.00
INSTRUCTORS MEN'S VOCATIONAL COURSES............. 2304.00
INSTRUCTORS WOMEN'S VOCATIONAL COURSES....... 921.60
WAR TRAINING CLASSES............................................... 1440.00
TOTAL FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR $10,105.60
Assurance was given that the appropriation would be increased each year, until 1926. Then the amount would remain fixed at that amount.
LIMA SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL FACULTY 1918-1919
P. H. CONSER, ACTING PRINCIPAL
TEACHER COURSE TEACHER COURSE
ETHEL BARSDALE COMMERCIAL ELIZABETH KITRELL GIRL'S PHYSICAL DIR.
MARGARET BRADFORD FRENCH, HISTORY GRACE KRUSE 7TH ARITHMETIC
KATHERINE BROWN HOME ECONOMICS JOSEPHINE LEIB MATHEMATICS
MYRTLE BUSICK 7TH GEOGRAPHY HELEN LUDWIG SCIENCE
MARY CONRATH LATIN, ENGLISH RUTH McCLURG DOMESTIC ART
DORIS GINTER 7TH PHYSIOLOGY HELEN MEREDITH ENGLISH
GRACE E. GRIFFIN ART MILDRED MEREIER 7TH ENGLISH
TOM HELBING ENGLISH CLYDE PIERSON MANUAL TRAINING
HOWARD HENDERSHOTT BOY'S PHYSICAL DIR. EDWARD PURTEE SCIENCE, HISTORY
BONETA JAMISON GEOGRAPHY, COMMERCIAL WILLIAM R. ROBERTS MACHINE SHOP
RUTH JUSTUS ENGLISH C. F. SINCLAIR 8TH HISTORY, MATH
CLAYTON K. GRAHAM MATHEMATICS EDNA SMELKER 8TH MATH, HISTORY
LIMA SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL MAJOR ADDITIONS-1923
A new addition in April of 1923, included an auditorium with 1400 seats, a new gym, which could squeeze in 1000 fans, a library, a cafeteria, and also several new classrooms on the second floor.
It was all about people, service, and education. Here is a short history:
Fifty sophomores at Lima High School found that they were destined to be the first graduating class from South. In the Autumn of 1918, these students (now Juniors), entered South for the first time. They started the newspaper, which was called the "Mirror". These same students were the charter members of a drama club called the "Ye Merries".
The school was yet to be completed: The classrooms were either too hot, or very cold. The electricity, phone lines, and heating were still being installed. There was no place to store books and supplies, because the lockers had not been installed. Two long coat racks were placed at each end of the first floor hall. You had better not be late, or there would be no books for you. Only one stairway was utilized, as the other one was being installed.
In 1921: Students formed the First Literary Society
Dedicated The football field behind South
Changed the name of the newspaper to "The Rainbow"
Graduates included Francis Bowyer
In 1922: New teachers included Marie Bowlus, Helen Shanahan,
Louise Taggert, H.C. Roberson.
In 1923: South student body reached 1,100, in a facility built for 800
New additions include a larger gym, a library, auditorium, larger
study hall, cafeteria, and classrooms on the second floor.
New teachers included Genevieve Marvin, Ethel Asher, Marie Tudor,
and C.F. Sinclair.
Graduates included Zaila Harbaugh.
Football: South 19, Central 0-The well-known goose egg!