I grew up in a small Ohio town, and I rode the school bus from 1st through 12th grades. My bus ride always included a country road on which every school day we saw a one-room brick school house. (SW corner of Stine Rd and Enon-Xenia Pike). As the years went by, I watched this wonderful, familiar friend fall apart. After I married, the school really began to deteriorate. Every time we visited the area I would want to take a photo of the school, but never did. Finally, when we went specifically for the task, the school was gone. It was a huge loss for me and, since that time, whenever we pass a one-room school, it is a joy to stop to take a picture or two. Thus, our collection here and on our Iowa One Room Schools blog. :oD Jill

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Great Western School, St. Clairsville, OH

This school is massive, as well as very impressive.  This is the 1870 Great Western School west of St. Clairsville, OH.  It was used until 1952. It has been restored, and the far end has a stage.  The original road bed was down where the school is, which shows how much building up of the road took place to get it to its current elevation.  I took the photos from the road.


  1. I went to this school 1942-45. My teacher was Goldie Skaggs.
    Don Steele, Massillon, Ohio

  2. Hi Don,

    How good to hear from you. We always enjoy hearing from those who have actually attended these schools. They usually have fond memories - and a good education!

  3. My mother, Betty Gale (Todd) Dickson went to this school.

  4. Hi Chris,

    What years was you mother attending?