Nottingham Historical Society
18326 St. Clair Rd. Cleveland, Ohio 44110
1828, Euclid Township began providing schools for its citizens. In
1900, the Village of Nottingham began managing its own school system.
The village was growing quickly and Nottingham School needed to
expand. In 1912, the City of Cleveland annexed Nottingham
and its school. In 1959, Nottingham School was closed and two new
schools began serving the neighborhood, Paul Bellamy Elementary and Hannah
Gibbons Elementary. Both of these schools were closed in the 1970's as
enrollment decreased. We are fortunate that Hannah Gibbons was recently
re-opened with plans to expand in the near future.
these public schools, Nottingham has a rich history of private schools.
In 1877, Villa Angela was opened as a residential school for girls. In
1892, St. Joseph's Seminary for Young Boys was opened. In 1959, a
new boys school, St. Joseph's High School was opened. In 1990, Villa
Angela and St Joseph's merged into Villa Angela/St. Joseph's High School,
with St Joseph's becoming home to both schools. Near Villa
Angela, St. John's of Nottingham Lutheran Church opened an elementary school.
The Historical Society is collecting information on all of these
schools. Stay tuned and keep your eyes open for our next newsletter.
Did You Know??
Take a close
look at the red brick building sandwiched between Congin's Pizza and the
Ameritech building on Nottingham Road (just south of the intersection with
St. Clair). This was once a Euclid Township Red Brick School House.
Its school days ended long ago, having served the citizens of Euclid
Township from around 1857 through 1886 when O.D. Lyons bought the
school lot and building and remodeled it for a dwelling place. Today it's
home to Finley Landscaping Service.
maps and the original Township Minutes providing information of this and
other Euclid Township Public Schools are on display at the Euclid Historical
Euclid Township Public
St. Joseph’s Seminary
Did you know Nottingham had its own newspaper? The
Nottingham Citizen. A Special Edition of the Nottingham Citizen is on
display at Nottingham United Methodist Church highlighting the progress and
status of Nottingham's Schools at that time - March 15, 1901.
W.W. Dille offered these
comments reflecting upon his recollections in 1901.
the ?Little Red Schoolhouse? have gone forth those that have made
efficient and successful teachers; good soldiers, lawmakers, tillers of the
soil, builders of houses. The various avocation to have received their
full quota. Brice Dille taught the first term therin. Three of
your villagers were his scholars. A nephew of his taught the first term
in the old brick house. "And the half has not been told."
welcome your recollections from your school days in Nottingham. Whether
you attended Old Nottingham School, O. H. Perry, or Hannah Gibbons, drop us a
line, or share a picture. Better yet, bring them to the next meeting.
Gibbons Elementary School began serving this community in 1960 Prior to
then, our children attended Nottingham School, which was closed in 1959. With
the Lakeland Freeway (I-90) dividing the neighborhood, we needed a school south
of the highway. In the late seventies, Hannah Gibbons, along with
Paul Bellamy, William H. Brett, and Memorial School, was closed as the school
system reacted to decreasing enrollment and decreasing revenue.
Mike Polensek, our city councilman, noted the effect of these
closings on our community "those closings took a toll on the
community as thousands of families left for the eastern suburbs."
Nottingham area is fortunate, as Hannah Gibbons was re-opened in the late 90's.
Recent plans by the school district, call for a doubling of its capacity
A core team is working with district planners to move forward with
this plan. The core team includes: Barbara Mullaly, Janet Morrow,
Jo Walker, Richard Freeman, Mary Louise Anne Jesek Daley, Yolanda Anderson,
Councilman Polensek, Frances Paster, and Rev. Debbie Gibbons. The
district is committed to creating PreK through 8th grade schools throughout the
Williams is beginning her 7th year as Principal at Hannah Gibbons. Goals
for the school year include: improving student achievement, making our school
safer, increasing attendance, and improving involvement with the
community. Community members are encouraged to: attend open houses,
volunteer, tutor, register and vote to support school issues and consider
yourself part of the village needed to raise a child. Contact Eloise
Turnbow at 216-383-5111 and find out how you can help!
look forward to the redevelopment and improvements underway at Hannah Gibbons.
Schools are an integral part of the backbone of a community. We
look forward to more historical information and stories from those who have
attended school in Nottingham. Share your experience!