Woodward High School (Cincinnati, Ohio)
|Woodward Career Technical High School|
|7005 Reading Road
Cincinnati (Bond Hill), Ohio, (Hamilton County), 45237
|Type||Public, Coeducational high school|
|Motto||Connecting Classrooms to Colleges & Careers|
|Color(s)||Blue and white|
|Athletics conference||Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference|
|Athletic Director||Jamal Walker|
Old Woodward Building
Woodward was one of the first public schools in the country. The land for the original school was donated by William Woodward and his wife Abigail Cutter in 1826 to provide free education for poor children who could not afford private schooling. Their remains are buried on school grounds in the Over-the-Rhine area of Cincinnati (and it is a fixture of student lore that Abigail's ghost haunts the building). The Woodward Free Grammar School opened on the site in 1831 and was the first free public school in the city. The original two-story school building was replaced in 1855. On the day after his election, President Elect William Howard Taft, who graduated from Woodward High School in 1874, laid the cornerstone of a third building, which opened to students in 1910 ( ).
The site is also linked to the Underground Railroad. William Woodward built a home on the site in 1832, where Levi Coffin and his wife, Catharine, lived from 1856 to 1863. Coffin (known as "The President of the Underground Railroad"), sheltered over one hundred fugitive slaves each year on their way to freedom in Canada. The home was first occupied by Henry Rucher, an early principal and math teacher at the Woodward school, and it was commonly known as the Rucher House. It later served as the Good Samaritan Hospital (still in operation at its later Clifton Heights location). In 1865 it became St. Luke's Hospital, where disabled Civil War soldiers were treated. It was replaced by residential homes in 1874, which were demolished to clear ground for the new Woodward school building in 1907.
The brick, stone, and terra cotta building, designed by Gustav Brach, had some of the most modern facilities of its day, including flush toilets, central heating, and two swimming pools. It is notable for its many Rookwood Pottery drinking fountains and tile fixtures, many of them gifts from student clubs and graduating classes in the early 1900s. Also notable are the stained glass windows of the same period in the main entryway, the largest of which is a memorial mural of "The Landing of William Woodward at Cincinnati in Fall of 1791", which was part of the 1855 construction and was preserved after that building was destroyed. The current five-story building has 150 rooms and 225,000 sq ft (20,900 m2) of space, a third of which is unusable (including the swimming pools on the top floor).
In 1953 Woodward High School moved to a new location in Bond Hill, and the older building was designated Abigail Cutter Junior High School until the School for Creative and Performing Arts took over the entire facility in 1977. Woodward High School has since moved four times, in addition to opening a secondary campus near its current location on Reading Road.
In August 2006, the City of Cincinnati opened Woodward Career Technical High School, which features a mixture of college-preparatory and vocational education. With the new addition, the original campus was now called Woodward Traditional High School.
In June 2011, demolition of the "Woodward Traditional High School" building was begun and the original 1953 Woodward High School building has now been completely demolished. A synthetic turf football field, baseball field, and fieldhouse will be built in place on the 1953 building.
Earlier alumni received degrees from Woodward High School.
- Art & entertainment
- Karen Ackerman (1969) – author of children's literature
- Marty Callner (1964) – music video director
- Reggie Calloway (1973)Grammy Award Winning Musician and Song Writer
- Lorinda Epply (c. 1897) – artist at the Rookwood Pottery Company (1904–1948)
- Leo Mielziner (1887) – artist and scenic designer, father of Jo Mielziner
- Richard Stoltzman (1960) – well-known classical clarinetist
- Skeeter Barnes, Former MLB player (Cincinnati Reds, Montreal Expos, Saint Louis Cardinals, Detroit Tigers)
- Daryl Boston – former Major League Baseball player
- Ezzard Charles - Heavyweight Champion Boxer
- Dante Craig – National Golden Gloves Champion and contender in boxing at the 2000 Summer Olympics
- Leon Durham (1976) – former Major League Baseball player (1980–1989)
- Ray Edwards – defensive lineman drafted by the Atlanta Falcons
- John Jackson – offensive tackle
- Ed Jucker – former head basketball coach at the University of Cincinnati
- Antwan Peek – linebacker for the Cleveland Browns
- Abdul Salaam – former American football player best remembered for his days as a defensive tackle with the New York Jets' famed "New York Sack Exchange." Known as "Larry Faulk" while attending Woodward, he changed his name to Abdul Salaam, which means "Soldier of Peace," in 1977.
- Rudy Schlesinger, Former MLB player (Boston Red Sox)
- Ed Shuttlesworth (born 1952), leading rusher for the Michigan Wolverines football teams of 1972 and 1973; third leading rusher in the Canadian Football League in 1974
- Clem Turner NFL running back for Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos; later pro wrestler.
- Government and politics
- Mark L. Mallory (1980) – Mayor of Cincinnati
- Lafayette F. Mosher (1843) – Associate Justice on the Oregon Supreme Court, Oregon State Senator
- William Howard Taft (1874) – President of the United States
- Charles Henry Turner (ca 1887) – In 1892, Turner became the first African American to receive a graduate degree at the University of Cincinnati. In 1907, he became the first African American to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Proved that insects can hear and can distinguish pitch. Discovered cockroaches can learn by trial and error. Discovered honeybees can see color.
- William Holmes McGuffey (mid-1840s), author of the McGuffey Readers, one of America's first textbooks.
- Joseph Ray (1807-1855), author of Ray's Arithmetic, credited with teaching a nation to figure.
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