Drawing of 'The Little White School
The first public school, a little white frame
building, was erected after 1834 on North Main Street, on the
McKinley Memorial grounds next to the Presbyterian Church. 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, the 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.
Central School with its bell
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. PO1.1178
Niles High School as it appeared in 1936.
People gathered for a program inside
of Edison Jr. High auditorium. PO1.1667
Industrial arts room on the second
floor of the Annex. PO1.1957
Outdoor playground which later
became the enclosed Annex with cafeteria, shop, music and gym
Front entranceway of the former
Niles High School that would become Edison Jr High in 1958 housing
The front portico is now featured
inside the new Middle School on Brown Street that was built
in 2003. PO3.38
Row 1. Louis Tauro, Sietz, Jim Chiarmonte, Sam
Row 2 .Pete Dunco, Phil Ragazzo, Sam Infante, Guy Churazzi, Bill
Bender, Bill Litvin, Bob Slick, Cornell LePore, Lew Smith Coach
Row .3 Bill Jones, Muche, Jack Sanyer, Dean Rees, Joe Driscoll,
Royce McCormick, John Madden
Row 4. Sam Matteo, Steve Halleck, Joe Schink, Joe McCormick,
John Kosance, Joe Tricomi.
Row 5. Palmer Scarnecchia, Pete McMurray, Francis Scarnecchia,
Chick Waters, John Baer, John Lewis, Alex Yuhasz. PO11.287
The Junior class of 1928 taken
of the old McKinley High School. PO2.495
Niles School band 1941 all in uniform.
Ruth Fisher, first front row; Mary Whitney,
last front row. James Bill Holmes, marked on second row.