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Central Grade School: 1940

Central Grade School: 1940

February 1940. The snowballs fly at Central Grade School in Chillicothe, Ohio. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA.

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Limited history of Central School

From what I know this photo is of the former building Central School. Indeed, the building no longer exists and a newer building was built on the grounds, it was called Central School also and the front of the building faced 5th Street. The last I knew, as I no longer live in Chillicothe, was that this building is no longer used as a school,( my children went there for elementary education) but was being used as an adjunct space for the local library, which is on the same grounds. Worthington Grade school is/was in another part of town. Not sure of its current status and name.


...Guess I'm too young to remember! According to my parents, when we moved to Chillicothe (1974) the building was still there, but was then torn down and a new school building constructed on the same site (West Fifth near Paint Street). Worthington is another school entirely.

No longer "Central"

Is this "Central Grade School" now known as Worthington Elementary? I think so, but the photograph doesn't show enough of the building for me to say for sure.

[You can see more of the school here. - Dave]

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