Sidney M. Fenn

Sidney M. Fenn, born in 1892 came from a long line of ancestry starting somewhere around the early 1500’s with Johannes Fenn. In a later generation Edward Fenn would immigrate to the colonies in the late 1600’s sparking more generations to come. Much of the future Fenn family members became part of the military starting a tradition which dates back to the French and Indian War. This later influenced Sidney Fenn to join the army and around 1917 he deployed to fight in WW1 as part of the 329th Infantry in France before his time as an educator. After that he pursued his desired career and went to Ohio state to earn a teaching degree much like his past generations of family members who were also educators. He also participated in many programs such as the YMCA, Salvation Army, American Legion, Kiwanis and many more. He married his wife Doris E. Camp in 1938 and had 3 children, 2 of them living today. Several years later she died forcing Fenn to raise the children on his own taking on the role of both parents as well as working for the school system.

Fenn had been a very important figure in the Medina City School systems. First became a school teacher, then the principal of Medina High School, and finally, he ended his career as the 14-year superintendent of Medina City Schools. And with a Bachelors degree of Science (more specifically agriculture) and a Masters degree in Economics, he had been a well rounded educator, with many years of teaching under his belt. Being born and raised in Medina, so there could be no better place to start and end his teaching career.

During the time of his career with the economy booming and more families than any other American generation. Teachers were needed to enforce a promising new peer group to come through. Fenn, a very strong educator had a certain love for the school system and everything about it, which is why when he took over as superintendent, he made sure that the Medina City School system was a well oiled machine. Having gone to Medina as a child, he wanted to continue the tradition of a strong education program in Medina, and that's just what he did. He helped shape medina into what it is today: a city known for excellence in education. Fenn died in 1982 being remembered as an important contributor to the Medina community. He joins Eliza Northrop, Howard Claggett, and Ella Canavan on the list of educators who contributed to Medina's excellent school system.

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Sidney M. Fenn: A great Educator

Sidney M. Fenn: A great Educator

Dr. Fenn was the superintendent of Medina City Schools for 14 years. One of the things that made him such a good educator was that he was a strict, well disciplined educator. He was known for walking around the halls with a ruler. If a student was sent out into the hall and he saw them, they often learned to stay out of trouble in the classroom very quickly Image courtesy of Medina County District Library. View File Details Page

Charles M. Fenn

Charles M. Fenn

Fenn had many ancestors, one of the first ones to immigrate to Medina was Charles Merriman Fenn who who married Hannah Beedle having 6 children. View File Details Page

Fenn Before his Superintendent Years

Fenn Before his Superintendent Years

As the principal of the high school, Fenn was involved with the students. He was the director of Medina Sports and he was also the head of M.H.S. Radio Station, which was very popular in the late 1940s and the early 1950s. He earned the name "Judge Anthony" of M.H.S Radio Station. Here he is speaking at a meeting with the Board of Education. Image courtesy of Medina County District Library View File Details Page

Board of Education Plaque

Board of Education Plaque

Dr. Fenn's name is on the plaque on the outside of Claggett Middle School. Some may wonder why it says "Medina Senior High School", and the reason is Claggett was the location of the old high school in the 1950s. Since Medina started to drastically grow, new changes were need, and the building transformed into a middle school. Here Fenn is the superintendent, and he is listed with other important Medinians who served as his fellow members on the Board of Education. Image courtesy of Eric Rapenchuk View File Details Page

YMCA Logo

YMCA Logo

Sidney Fenn participated in many organizations such as the YMCA which made him an active community member of Medina. View File Details Page

Sidney Fenn: A School Named After a Great Educator.

Sidney Fenn: A School Named After a Great Educator.

Sidney Fenn Elementary School, located at 320 North Grove Street in Medina, is the location of the school named after Mr. Sidney M. Fenn. The school was built in 1964, in honor of Sidney Fenn. At the time, Fenn elementary was on a dead end road. However, as Medina's education system grew more popular and as Medina grew as a city, more roads were built. Image courtesy of Medina City Schools View File Details Page

H.G.Spencer, and the Medina County Board of Education in 1945.

H.G.Spencer, and the Medina County Board of Education in 1945.

The 1945 Medina Board of Education. H.G.Spencer is third from the left. Spencer was the preceding superintendent of Sidney Fenn. Spencer was the superintendent until 1947, when he suffered a sever heart attack on may 7th, even though he was perfectly healthy man for the first half of that day. He passed away on the 8th, and his death shocked the community. One Medina citizen said, "He won the hearts of many members of the community." Image courtesy of Medina County District Library View File Details Page

Fenn grave

Fenn grave

Sidney Fenn died in 1982 in the place where he greatly contributed to, Medina, Ohio. He will always be remembered as a great educator who helped forge the city's schools into what they are today. Image courtesy of Carole K. View File Details Page

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Donna Stoman Remembers the Schools

Today's Medina Middle School, Claggett, used to be the High School, as Stoman recalls. View File Details Page

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Eric Rapenchuk, Sam Kovalchik, “Sidney M. Fenn,” Discover Medina, accessed March 24, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/78.
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