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Property Name Green Township High School
Reference Number 13000684
State Ohio
County Wayne
Town Smithville
Street Address 484 East Main Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 9/4/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture, Education, Social History
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Green Township High School is eligible for the National Register under Criterion A for its local significance in the educational and social history of Smithville, Ohio. Built with the assistance of funds from the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works, it was constructed as a result of consolidation of the community's district schools and is representative of broad trends in public education in Ohio's village schools in the early 20 century. The building functioned as the village's only high school from 1939 to 1969, when it became the only middle school, as it will remain until the 2014 school year. Green Township High School is also eligible under Criterion C for its architectural significance of design and execution. The building demonstrates distinct architectural treatment on its three major facades and conveys the importance that Smithville (and many other rural communities) placed on educational architecture in the early 20th century. Later additions also represent social/educational transitions within the community and architecture typical of their period of construction, although some of the original construction of the additions has been modified over the years. The school remains intact, prominently situated on its site, and maintains its significance as a prominent community landmark.


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