The Pointe

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Going, going, almost gone...Old Middletown high school/middle school's days are numbered

When it was completed in 1923 at a cost of over one million dollars, the magnificent building facing Girard Avenue in Middletown, Ohio, was hailed as “one of the most expensive and finest schools in the state at that time.” (1)

Reportedly the oldest school building in Butler County, the stately structure boasted a long and interesting history. It opened as Middletown High School and over the years housed the Freshman School, Stephen Vail Middle School and finally, Middletown Middle School.

It shared a large city block with the storied Wade E. Miller Gymnasium, where a Middie basketball standout named Jerry Lucas impressed sports fans and foes alike. That was before he attained fame as an Ohio State athlete, a Gold Medal Olympian, a professional American basketball player, memory expert and author. (2)

The grand building also housed a spectacular auditorium accented with marble, gold trim, silk wall tapestries, Tiffany glass chandeliers and other amenities. (1)

Today Middletown high school and middle school students  attend classes and enjoy athletics at a new state-of-the-art complex on Breiel Boulevard.

Long vacant, the once-magnificent Girard Avenue school building now houses the ghosts of Middie glories past. Lately their only visitor has been the wrecking ball.

Like the old Miller gym, the entire school soon will be gone forever. But the memories will always remain.

Click the arrows on the photo above to see what Middetown’s old high school / middle school looks like today. Views are from Girard Avenue and Baltimore Street.

The black-and-white photo of Middletown High School (c. 1923) above can be found on MidPointe Library’s Digital Archives.

http://www.midpointedigitalarchives.org/digital/collection/Crout/id/270/rec/16

Sources:

  1. “A Brief History of the Middletown City School District 1800 to 1987” by Norman M. Hayes, available in MidPointe-Middletown’s Local History and Genealogy Gallery.

  2. Wikipedia. “Jerry Lucas.”

#TriviaTuesday - Who said, ‘The ballot is stronger than the bullet?’

The answer to today’s TriviaTuesday question,

“Who said, ‘The ballot is stronger than the bullet?’”

is President Abraham Lincoln, who was mortally wounded by a shot fired by actor John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. in 1865.

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Source: **President Lincoln’s quote can be found in the second edition of “U.S. Government and Politics” by Franco Scardino, part of the Idiot’s Guides series, published in 2016 by Alpha, a member of Penguin Random House LLC. It is available for checkout at MidPointe Library.

MidPointe Library has many titles on the life of President Lincoln, American history, the Civil War and more on shelf and digitally. Go to www.midpointelibrary.org

MidPointe celebrates new Library opening in Liberty Township

All we can say is “Wow!”

We’re still savoring the excitement of the grand opening of our fifth MidPointe location at Liberty Center Friday, November 2!

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All of us at MidPointe Library join MidPointe Director Travis Bautz, Library Board of Trustees President Anita Shew and Liberty Branch Manager Allison Knight in thanking the entire Liberty Township community for the support we’ve received to make this new, full-service branch a reality.

Of course, the ceremony wouldn’t have been official without a ribbon cutting (courtesy of young library patrons in their MidPointe-green T-shirts) and supportive remarks from representatives of the Liberty Township Trustees, the West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance, the Lakota Board of Education and Ohio’s 8th Congressional District.

But our really special thanks go to our new Liberty patrons -- the moms, dads, kids and citizens of all ages -- who honored us with their presence at our long-awaited launch into Liberty Township. Please know that we’re eager to serve you and yours any way we can.

You’ll find us on the second floor of Liberty Center between Dillard’s department store and the Cincinnati Children’s Discovery Center. MidPointe-Liberty hours are Tuesdays-Saturdays 10-7 and Sundays 1-5. Closed Mondays.

See you soon at MidPointe Liberty!