Mike Seely has been shooting aerial photos around the area for sometime now and he just sent us these two great photos to share. Thanks Mike.
If you’ve not been on campus since the 2000 renovation project you may not recognize some things. The McArthur Building was doubled in size with the addition of a second floor and a new connecting building now joins McArthur with the old Vocational Building. What was once the wood shop is now the Radio and TV studio and the Vo-Ag shop was long ago converted to the Board of Education and Administrative offices. Extensive changes were made inside the Vocational Building, especially to the Cafeteria area. Tours of the campus will begin around 10:00 am on Saturday morning so be sure to check out all the changes.
McClain graduate Brian Carle provided this recent aerial photo of the school campus. Brian shot the scene using a camera mounted quad-copter drone. Thank you Brian for this view of a beloved and beautiful piece of real estate.
The details regarding the only two reunion events that carry a cost have been finalized. The Saturday afternoon Centennial Tea & Style Show and the Saturday evening Centennial Alumni Dinner require registration and tickets. Tickets will be available both at the door and online but only online reservations will be guaranteed. All others were be subject to space available. Complete details for online tickets are available at our Eventbrite page. Just click the button below.
The Centennial Tea is scheduled for Saturday, September 5 at the United Methodist Church on the corners of South and Fourth Streets. Time is 1:00 pm.
The Centennial Alumni Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, September 5 at the McClain Cafetorium located in the Vocation Building. Time is 5:00 till 7:00 pm.
One hundred one years ago yesterday, on May 20, 1914, a huge city-wide celebration was held at the site of Greenfield’s new high school to witness the laying of the cornerstone. The mayor requested that all local businesses suspend operations for the afternoon so that everyone could attend. The governor of Ohio was the featured speaker as well as dignitaries from the department of education and representatives of the firms contracted to build the school. Under the cornerstone is a time capsule with relics, records and mementos of the day. A fuller, more complete description of this auspicious occasion is included in McClain High School A Century of Tradition.
Pre-orders for the book are now being taken. The book is $40, and can be ordered from the Historical Society. Books can be shipped for an additional $8. Orders can be sent to Historical Society of Greenfield, Ohio, PO Box 266, Greenfield, OH 45123. Call 937-981-7890 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
After posting the piece about McClain’s architect William B. Ittner, McClain graduate Ben Stewart submitted the following article from the 2003 spring issue of Ohio History. The file is a .pdf document and is available online by clicking the button below.
The Greenfield Historical Society will publish a book on MHS which will be available in early summer. The new book will be available for purchase at the Greene Countrie Towne Festival, online at the society’s website ( http://www.greenfieldhistoricalsociety.org ) and at the Centennial Re-dedication of McClain High School over the 2015 Labor Day weekend.
Eighty-one years ago last week, the Greenfield community suffered a great loss. On May 2, 1934, Edward Lee McClain passed away at the age of 72. B.R. Duckworth, MHS principal at the time, had these words to say at his funeral service, held several days later. “It is highly appropriate . . . to render our meed of praise to our good friend and benefactor, Edward Lee McClain, who passed to his reward quietly and peacefully on the afternoon of May second. Because it was so unexpected, the announcement of his death came as a painful shock to us all.”
The 1934 Dragon, dedicated in honor of McClain, describes the funeral service held at the First United Methodist Church, “. . . the church was filled to capacity with a sorrowing citizenry, come to pay a last tribute to their leading fellow-citizen. . . . Flowers were banked high completely around the chancel and the casket was covered with a blanket of rosebuds.”
McClain is buried in Greenfield Cemetery, in the family plot where he was laid to rest alongside his parents and grandparents, one of his children who died in infancy, and his brother.
Citizens can still pay respects to Greenfield’s beloved favorite son, as his grave is easily located. Enter the main gate of the cemetery, turn left at the chapel and then right. The grave is on the left. The McClain family group has a large marker which can’t be missed.
Submitted by Jayne Honnold