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Drawing of 'The Little White School House. PO1.1169

The first public school, a little white frame building, was erected after 1834 on North Main Street, where the McKinley Memorial now stands. In this one room school house, the teacher was expected to teach the three R's to all levels and maintain discipline.

One room school houses were also located on Chestnut Street, Walnut Street and two more were reported on the South Side of Niles.

In 1842, Leslie Avenue School was built near the northeast corner of Leslie and Linden Avenues. This frame building was renamed Grant Street School in 1920. It has been razed.

The three story brick and mortar Central School building opened in 1871. Frank Carl E. Robbins was the first student to graduate from Cental School in 1875. After a fire in the mid 1920's, Central School was demolished and a public park was erected on that site.


Scene is of the Central School with its bell tower.

Scene is of the Central School with its bell tower.

The first brick school, Central School, was located on Furnace Street, now State Street, near Church Street. The building was a three story brick structure with arched windows and brick details on each corner of the building. There were six teachers employed including the principal. The road was dirt and transportation was by horse and wagon.

The bell for the tower was cast by A. Fulton and Sons of Pittsburgh, PA.

Front view of Central School showing brickwork.

Front view of Central School showing brickwork. PO1.1178


The cornerstone is being laid

In 1914, Niles High School was under construction facing Church Street between Arlington and Chestnut Streets.

The cornerstone is being laid in the image to the left. Construction workers use scaffolding to work on third floor windows in image on the right.

In 1958 it was renamed Edison junior High School when the new Niles McKinley High School opened on Dragon Drive. In 2004 it was razed and senior apartments were built.


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Niles High School as it appeared in 1936.

Niles High School as it appeared in 1936. PO2.480

The football stadium was built as a WPA project in 1934.

The football stadium was built as a WPA project in 1934.PO3.7

The industrial arts room on the second floor of the Annex.

Industrial arts room on the second floor of the Annex.PO1.1957

Outdoor playground which later became the enclosed Annex

Outdoor playground which later became the enclosed Annex

Front entranceway of the former Niles High School that would become Edison Jr High in 1958 housing grades 7-9.

The front portico in now featured inside the new Middle School on Brown Street that was built in 2003. PO3.38



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