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Blume High School

Coordinates: 40°33′58″N 84°11′50″W / 40.56611°N 84.19722°W / 40.56611; -84.19722
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Blume High School
Front of the school
Blume High School is located in Ohio
Blume High School
Blume High School is located in the United States
Blume High School
Location405-409 S. Blackhoof St., Wapakoneta, Ohio
Coordinates40°33′58″N 84°11′50″W / 40.56611°N 84.19722°W / 40.56611; -84.19722
Area2 acres (0.81 ha)
Built1908; 1923-25
ArchitectWilliam M. Runkle; Frank L. Packard
Architectural styleMixed
NRHP reference No.96000933[1]
Added to NRHPAugust 22, 1996

The former Blume High School is a historic building in downtown Wapakoneta, Ohio, United States. 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. This original section was designed by local architect William M. Runkle. 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  These additions were designed by Frank Packard of Columbus.[1]

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 new Wapakoneta High School building, which today serves as the Wapakoneta Middle School, opened at the beginning of 1959.[3]: 113  Blume was converted into a junior high school for several years, but a 1988 vote resulted in the school's closing by 1990.[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]


  1. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ The 1916 Retrospect. Vol. 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.