Lincoln to Garfield school

During the 1900s, Medina was a small farm town where the only town center and shopping place was the Medina square. Throughout this time Medina grew and became an industrialized town with railroads and cars. After World War II, Medina was booming and Garfield Elementary School was here to stay.

At the corner of Smith and Broadway was a large brick building known as the Lincoln Building. In the early 1900s children walked to school each morning which is why the location of today's Garfield elementary was the center of the town. Having the brick building on the town square was historical and helped Medina grow and become a modern society.

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Garfield

Garfield

After World War II, the town of Medina went through a baby boom and was in need of more classroom space. It was in 1950 the town made the decision to tear down the Lincoln School building and in place of the building went a 24 room addition to Garfield Elementary School. Image courtesy of; oldohioschools.com View File Details Page

The Lincoln Building, 1912

The Lincoln Building, 1912

By 1912, the town grew and more students were enrolled, the Lincoln building added a second building: Garfield a 10 room school house. Image courtesy of; oldohioschools.com View File Details Page

Drawling of the Lincoln School Building when it was first built

Drawling of the Lincoln School Building when it was first built

After the fire in 1870 that burned down most of the buildings on the town square of Medina, the construction of a Victorian buildings made the square what it is today. Before Lincoln school was built, the majority of schoolhouses only had one room. The Lincoln school was so large that they had enough space to rent to Carver's Normal School, a college level training program for teachers. Image courtesy of Oldohioschools.com View File Details Page

Kindergarten

Kindergarten

Kindergarten students lined up to take their first class photo, along with their teacher. Just outside of the doors to the Lincoln School Building. Image courtesy of; Sheryl Blaine View File Details Page

5th Grade

5th Grade

A photo of 5th grade students taken outside of Garfield Elementary School. Image courtesy of; Mrs.Conley View File Details Page

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Former kindergarten student, Mrs.Conley, went yo Garfield Elementary and recalls walking down the street to go to school each morning in 1953. When she was little she remembers not having a bus to go to school but instead her mother driving her or walking. She remembers sitting on the floor of her classroom saying the alphabet with her other classmates. "Back then she tells how there was no pressure to learn as much as you could in a school year", by the end of the year she was able to recall the alphabet and print her name. The Lincoln school building and Garfield Elementary grew as the town of Medina did. When walking down the hallway of one of the oldest schools in Medina or even driving past the old brick building you see the history behind it and the stories it tells. View File Details Page

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Kelsey, “Lincoln to Garfield school ,” Discover Medina, accessed March 24, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/244.

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