Toledo City School District

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Toledo Public Schools
Toledo City School District
Motto "Building for success"
Type Public School District
Academic staff
2,799 (02-03 Annual Report)
Students Grades K-12
: 35,533: (02-03 Annual Report)
Location Toledo, Ohio, U.S.

Toledo Public Schools is a school district headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, United States. The school district serves students of the city of Toledo and is the fourth largest in the state. Dr. Romules Durant became the district's superintendent on August 1, 2013.[1]

School uniforms[edit]

Students are allowed to wear any solid colored polo and certain types of pants. High school as of 2016-2017 school year and on are allowed to wear anything[2][3][4]


Grades 9-12[edit]

Former/Closed High Schools

Grades k-8[edit]

  • Byrnedale Elementary School
  • Deveaux Elementary School
  • East Broadway Elementary School
  • Jones Elementary School
  • Leverette Elementary School
  • Mc Tigue Elementary School
  • Robinson ElementarySchool

Pre-Schools K-8 some in 2011-2012 will not be open

  • Arlington Elementary School
  • Beverly Elementary School
  • Birmingham Elementary School
  • Burroughs Elementary School
  • Chase Elementary School
  • Crossgates Elementary School
  • East Side Central Elementary School
  • Edgewater Elementary School
  • Ella P. Stewart Academy for Girls
  • Elmhurst Elementary School
  • Fulton Elementary School
  • Garfield Elementary School
  • Glendale-Feilbach Elementary School
  • Glenwood Elementary School
  • Harvard Elementary School
  • Hawkins Elementary School
  • Keyser Elementary School
  • Lagrange Elementary School
  • Lincoln Academy for Boys (Closed)
  • Longfellow Elementary School
  • Marshall Elementary School (Closed)
  • Martin Luther King for boys
  • McKinley Elementary School
  • Nathan Hale Elementary School
  • Navarre Elementary School
  • Oakdale Elementary School
  • Old Orchard Elementary School
  • Pickett Elementary School
  • Raymer Elementary School
  • Reynolds Elementary School
  • Riverside Elementary School
  • Rosa Parks Elementary School
  • Sherman Elementary School
  • Walbridge Elementary School
  • Westfield Elementary School
  • Whittier Elementary School

Grades K-8[edit]

  • Beverly(coming soon)
  • Grove Patterson Academy
  • Larchmont K-7 (adding a grade each year) (K-8 in 2011-2012)
  • Old West End Academy
  • Ottawa River(Coming soon)

History of Toledo Public Schools[edit]

(collected from the Woodward Technical High School yearbook 1927-28)[6]

In 1853, the first Toledo high school was built on the block surrounded by Adams, Madison, Michigan, and 10th streets (currently occupied by the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library). The building was finished in 1857 and the first class graduated from Central High School in 1858.

In 1872, Jesup W. Scott selected a body of trustees to establish a “University of Arts and Trades” for the city of Toledo. A donation of $15,000 by trustee William H. Raymond in 1873, followed by a donation of $50,000 by Scott’s family following his death on January 22, 1874 helped set up a school of design in the original high school by January 1875.

Unable to carry out the wishes of donors, the trustees tendered the property to the city of Toledo in January 1884. The Scott Manual Training School was opened and had the distinction of being one of the first such schools to offer courses in Domestic Science. The building was destroyed by a fire in March 1885, but was rebuilt as a much larger structure in 1886 with sixty-one rooms and an auditorium that was larger than the original building.

Until 1913, this was the city’s only high school building except for a few years where the first two years of high school were offered at East Side Central. Students were eventually transferred over to Jesup W. Scott High School in 1913 and Morrison R. Waite High School (named for Justice Morrison Waite) in 1914 when these schools were opened.

In January 1912 the Elementary Industrial School was established within the Central building with an emphasis on mechanical drawing and woodwork. When the remaining high school students left for Waite, the industrial school sought a new name. The new school was named Woodward Junior High School for Calvin M. Woodward, an advocate of manual training. When the school added four-year classes, it became Woodward Technical High School.

With four high schools established by 1923 (Scott in the west end, Waite in the east side, Woodward Tech near the north, and Central Catholic near downtown), a suitable high school was necessary for the south end. Edward Drummond Libbey High School was built and named for the Libbey Glass founder and Toledo Art Museum creator who gave money for the school’s property on Western Avenue.

In 1927, Vocational High School was established in the Woodward Tech building as well.[7] Woodward Tech would move into a new building on Streicher Street in 1928 and become Calvin M. Woodward High School. Vocational High School remained in the old building until 1938 when it moved into a new location on Monroe Street and became Irving E. Macomber Vocational High School.[8]

In 1931, Thomas A. DeVilbiss High School was also built in the quickly-expanding west end and named for a local industrialist.[9] Harriet Whitney Vocational High School was also established in 1939 as a girls’ trade school, and it would eventually become joint-operational with Macomber in 1959.[10]

As Toledo continued to grow, so did its school district. Two more high schools were opened in 1962: E.L. Bowsher High School was named for a former TPS superintendent to ease crowding at Libbey, and Roy C. Start High School was named for a former Toledo mayor in order to ease crowding at DeVilbiss.[11] When Toledo fully annexed Adams Township in 1964, TPS also acquired Robert S. Rogers High School into its system in 1966.[12] In January 1968, the Ohio General Assembly allowed TPS to annex Spencer-Sharples School District despite it not being geographically connected to the rest of the district. In 1970, the Jefferson Center was set up in the old downtown post office as an alternative high school for students with behavioral issues.[13]

Shortly after its great rise, enrollment numbers began to drop across the district as Toledo’s population started to fall. Spencer-Sharples High School was closed in 1980.[14] Macomber and the Jefferson Center were threatened with closure in 1989,[15] but it wasn’t until a levy failed during the 1990-91 school year when DeVilbiss and Macomber high schools were closed.[16] Many of Macomber’s trade classes were sent to other high schools[17] while the Toledo Technology Academy was opened in DeVilbiss. The Jefferson Center was shut down in 2000,[18] and Libbey was also closed in 2010.[19]

TPS was able to rebuild, renovate, and reorganize many of its school buildings in the early years of the 21st century with help from the State of Ohio. Many neighborhood grade schools were lost, but the school communities were given state-of-the-art facilities.


  1. ^ Toledo Public Schools Superintendent
  2. ^ "Welcome to Toledo Public Schools - Toledo, OH - Career Technology". 
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  5. ^ "Toledo Blade - Google News Archive Search". 
  6. ^ "1928 Woodward High School Yearbook". 
  7. ^ 1936-37 Vocational HS yearbook
  8. ^ 1937-38 Vocational HS yearbook
  9. ^ 1932-33 DeVilbiss HS yearbook
  10. ^ Hughes, Clyde (November 19, 2003). "Heat problems cause TPS to move classes from Whitney to DeVilbiss". Toledo Blade. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  11. ^ Spencer, Mary Jane (June 9, 1991). "Rival to the finest prep schools". Toledo Blade. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Adams District Welcomed By School Board". Toledo Blade. September 2, 1966. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  13. ^ Ryan, Carl (January 8, 1988). "Low Marks For Jefferson Center". Toledo Blade. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Spencer-Sharples Seeking Change In State School Law". Toledo Blade. August 7, 1980. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  15. ^ Lane, Tahree (April 26, 1989). "School board gives reprieve to Macomber". Toledo Blade. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  16. ^ Krauth, Laurie (January 12, 1991). "Class will be out forever for DeVilbiss, Macomber". Toledo Blade. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Toledo Blade - Google News Archive Search". 
  18. ^ "2 schools, 67 teachers axed by Toledo board". Toledo Blade. May 11, 2000. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  19. ^ Kirkpatrick, Christopher D. (May 26, 2010). "Libbey High to be closed to save money, board rules in 3-2 vote". Toledo Blade. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 

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