|Marion Center High School (undated)|
The current Marion Center High School is located off Route 119 on Route 403. The high school began in 1916 as a three-year high school, located on North Manor Street with Harry Crawford acting as the first principal. In 1923, a four-year high school plan was adopted and there were two faculty members at this time, but in 1925 it had increased to five. In 1929 there was a new brick building erected and this original building was incorporated into the present building.
William A. McCreery headed the faculty and began teaching in 1925 and in 1928 was elected principal. There were 31 graduates in 1929. Then in 1928, the Marion Center-East Mahoning Joint School Board was organized. The faculty increased again in 1938 to seven faculty members.
|Marion Center Area High School (undated)|
In 1951 an organizational change came with the junction of Marion Center, Canoe Independent, East Mahoning, Grant, Rayne, South Mahoning, Plumville, and Washington. The new school board consisted of representatives from each district. In July 1966, the school district’s official name became “Marion Center Area School District. Through the years there had been multiple elementary schools connected with the district and today there are two elementary schools: Rayne Elementary and the W.A. McCreery Elementary and the Jr./Sr. High School.
The Historical Society has many yearbooks from the Marion Center Area High School dating from 1928 until the 1980s. We do not have every single year, but there are enough to enjoy a rich history of this school. We invite you, if you are interested, to view the yearbooks we have in our collection.
(information from the Indiana Evening Gazette, July 5, 1969)