It was September 1952 -- around the start of the academic year -- when the twin towers of a grand old school building in downtown Middletown, Ohio, welcomed a new generation of students.
Legendary “Middletown Journal” Reporter Alice Lawler chronicled the occasion:
“It’s late, at 70, to be known by a new name,” Lawler wrote in a front-page story in the September 7, 1952, Middletown Journal. “But Old South School made the switch last week to Fenwick Catholic High School and didn’t feel it a bit. In fact, it took on new vigor under its new lease on life...” (1)
Headlined “Veteran Middletonians Smile As South School, Cradle of Education Here, Takes On New Life,” Lawler’s article continued:
“...if the old school could speak, the christening was just what it would have liked – bustling activity of teenagers moving through its long halls and studying in its high-ceilinged rooms... (1)
“Most important of all, Fenwick (or Old South, if you please) was needed and wanted. It had not been discarded to the junk heap and another of Middletown’s landmarks wiped out...” (1)