Windham Exempted Village School District

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Windham Junior/Senior High School, also location of the offices of the Windham Exempted Village School District

The Windham Exempted Village School District is the public school district for the village of Windham and Windham Township in Portage County in the U.S. state of Ohio. The district was founded as the Windham School Company by act of the Ohio Legislature (O.L., XXVIII, 93) on February 18, 1830.[1] The district has one high school, Windham High School; and one elementary school, Katherine Thomas Elementary School.


In 1835, the Windham School Company founded Windham Academy as the 44th institution of secondary education in Ohio.[1] The academy held classes in the building now known as the Brick Chapel in Windham.[2] Windham Academy operated for 18 years, and produced at least one notable graduate: Laurin D. Woodworth, former Representative for Ohio's 17th congressional district.[3] In the 1860s, two new elementary schools were founded in Windham, and the schools were connected to the nascent Ohio State Board of Education. In 1883, these schools produced their first high school graduates.[4]


  1. ^ a b Miller, Edward A. "History of the Educational Legislation in Ohio from 1803 to 1850.". Ohio Historical Journal. 
  2. ^ "Windham Historical Society". Portage County Historical Society. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  3. ^ Laurin D. Woodworth's biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  4. ^ "History of the Windham Schools". Windham Exempted Village School District. 1998. Archived from the original on 2004-08-10. Retrieved 2008-06-09.