Blume High School

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Blume High School
Blume High School, southeastern angle.jpg
Front of the school
Blume High School is located in Ohio
Blume High School
Blume High School is located in the US
Blume High School
Location 405-409 S. Blackhoof St., Wapakoneta, Ohio
Coordinates 40°33′58″N 84°11′50″W / 40.56611°N 84.19722°W / 40.56611; -84.19722Coordinates: 40°33′58″N 84°11′50″W / 40.56611°N 84.19722°W / 40.56611; -84.19722
Area 2 acres (0.81 ha)
Built 1908
Architect W.M. Runkle; Frank Packard
Architectural style Mixed
NRHP Reference # 96000933[1]
Added to NRHP August 22, 1996

The former Blume High School is a historic building in downtown Wapakoneta, Ohio, United States. Built in 1908 in a mix of architectural styles, it was designed by architects Frank Packard and W.M. Runkle.[1] It was the first exclusive home of Wapakoneta High School. Prior to that time, WHS was housed with other grades.[2]

The original part of the high school was built at a cost of $41,315. In the mid-1920s, it was expanded with the construction of a gymnasium, a library, and the "Red Brick Section" addition; while the last portion was built with money raised from bonds, the library and gym were financed with a bequest from L.N. Blume.[3]:112

Growth in the Wapakoneta City School District resulted in overcrowding by the mid-1950s.[3]:112 After a series of failed attempts, the school board succeeded in winning voter approval for the construction of a new school in 1956, and the current Wapakoneta High School building opened at the beginning of 1959.[3]:113 Blume was converted into a junior high school for several years, but a 1978 vote resulted in the school's closing by 1980.[3]:112

In 1996, the former Blume High School was listed on the National Register of Historic Places because of its architecture.[1]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Neil Armstrong (1947) - NASA astronaut, first man to walk on the moon

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ The 1916 Retrospect. IX. Wapakoneta High School. 1916. p. 7. 
  3. ^ a b c d Dahill, Harold. "Wapakoneta City Schools". Auglaize County Historical Society, ed. A History of Auglaize County Ohio. Defiance: Hubbard, 1980, 111-113.