Worthington schools are called the Worthington City School District today.
The George Bleimes family moved from the east side of Columbus to High St. just south of the Village of Worthington in the 1920s. They had a Worthington mailing address.
"My mother had been an elementary-level teacher before marriage and was critical of the “country” schools of the Worthington School District. Therefore my parents paid tuition for me to attend Columbus schools. Columbus buses did not come out as far as our home, so I had to ride the street car (trolley car). The fare was six cents; if you bought a strip of tickets they were five for a quarter."
A photo on the family history shows young George Bleimes and his father in front of The Delawanda, a "tea room" with a Worthington address. The Delawanda "tea room" was where the Delawanda Park and Ride is now. High St. just north of Old Beechwold. I first saw the photo of The Delawanda on Flickr.
If George Bleimes was born in 1923 he started school about 1928 or 1929... I would guess. Worthington did not become a city until the late 1950s, so Worthington Schools would have been rural in the late 1920s and into the 1930s and after.
I think of "rural schools" or country schools having been one room school houses. The photo here is of a Worthington school that was razed in 1937. It is from Don O'Brien's Worthington photos on Flickr. This one is shared with a Creative Commons license. He has other photos of the building. The photos is part of Don O'Brien's My School: Worthington Ohio series. His grandfather had attended school in this building in the 1800's.
The Sharon Township school north of Worthington is more what I think of as a country school, a photo of the Slate Hill School from the 1920s from Don O'Brien's Flickr photosteam. That school building is used as a home and has been for years, Click through to Flickr on the photo with the school childrena and there is a picture of the house on Flint Road O'Briend took in 2008.
Times change... today where The Delawanda was where the Delawanda Park and Ride is (4300 4900 block of N. High St.) is in the Columbus School District. I believe that area was annexed into the City of Columbus in the 1950s, when Graceland Shopping Center was annexed.
Worthington School - Creative Commons license. Thanks to Don O'Brien for allowing the photo to be used. O'Brien is Dok1 on Flickr. He has amazing photos of Worthington from the 1930s and 1940s, including photos of Worthington schools.
Information on selected Central Ohio schools including the Worthington and Columbus school districts and others, is on my website MaureenMcCabe.com - Central Ohio Schools public
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