History of Union Scioto Schools

Union-Scioto School District (Unioto)  

Main Office Address: 1432 Egypt Pike  Chillicothe, OH 45601  

Phone Number: 740-773-4102 

    High School Name:  Unioto High School                                        

How was the school given its name ?: Located in Union and Scioto Townships     

The year this school opened:            1936  

First Graduating Class:   1937   Number of Graduates: 8        

School Colors: Purple and Gold  School Mascot:  Sherman Tanks – School is located on the site of WWI Camp Sherman.                                  

History of the Union-Scioto School District  (From the Chillicothe Gazette, 1962)     The first school house in Union Township was built about 1800, at or near the log house of Mr. Joseph Clark. It was a structure with a puncheon floor and a roof of clapboards with eight-poles laid across to keep them on. The windows were made by cutting out a log for several feet on each side of the house and putting greased paper in the opening. One end of the house was almost entirely appropriated for a fireplace. The seats consisted of split slabs supported by wooden pins. In this manner the school houses were built for a number of years. A school was opened in a log cabin about a mile north of where Andersonville now stands, in 1815 or 1816, the teacher being a man by the name of Perkins. It was afterwards held in a school house on the Inghams’ farm. East of the village. A hewed log house was erected a short distance above Andersonville in 1823, and was used until the brick house in the village was erected. A school house was built at an early date where the Union Church now stands, and another where the upper part of the basin was, in 1814 or 1815, Mr. Young and Mr. Lowery were the teachers. One of the earliest schools was opened on the farm of Thomas Withgott in which Charles McCrea was one of the first teachers. The first school in the Cook neighborhood was kept in a six-cornered, round log school house, as early as 1805 or 1806. Ebeneezer Everts was one of the first school teachers there, teaching several terms. The first school organized under the School Law was the Quaker School, then kept in a hewed log school house.  The one room school houses of Union and Scioto townships were abandoned at the end of the school year 1935-1936, upon the recommendation of the State Department of Education. A new district was created using the name Union-Scioto Rural School. The school became known as “Unioto”, a contractive term taken from Union and Scioto. A tax levy of 3 ½  mils voted by the district evolved the sum of $50,000 which was matched by another $50,000 from the Federal government under the Public Works Administration and numbered as Project M OH 1021 R. The building site was purchased from Mr. George Garrison, on Egypt Pike, for the sum of $2,000. Construction was started in February of 1936, and the building was occupied September 23 of the same year. DeVoss and Donaldson were the architects, McCabe and Proctor were the contractors.  It was thought that colors of purple and gold were adopted at the suggestion of one of the board members whose Chillicothe class colors were purple and gold. The mascot name of  “The Shermans” was later adopted when Supt. McMahon, former general in the United States Army, was superintendent of the Unioto School. Since Unioto lies just opposite the former site of WWI Camp Sherman, the suggestion of  “The Shermans” was unanimously accepted by the student body. The Tank emblem became likewise a fitting symbol for the school.  In May of 1937, the Unioto High School graduated its first senior class of eight members.      

Known One Room School Houses:     The Hurst School, Egypt Pike and Cattail Road  The Roush’s School, Stone Road  The Bowdle School, Morrison and Albright Roads  The Andersonville School, Andersonville Road  The Dunlap School, Route 104  Sulpher Lick School, near Maple Grove Hotel  School at the Ross County Infirmary  Polk Hollow School, Polk Hollow Road  The Steel School, Belleview Hill and Plyley’s Lane  Shady Grove School, Plyley’s Lane  Pleasant Valley School, Pleasant Valley  Frenchtown School, Frenchtown  Tootle School  Springbank School  Bier’s Run School                                      School Construction, Renovations 1936-2003:                                   1936 – School erected on Egypt Pike                                             1957 – New Elementary School, with an addition in 1961                     1973 – Intermediate Learning Center erected                                        1973 – New High School                1995 – Old High school renovated for use as Junior High School      2002 – New Elementary School      2002 – New Junior High School                                         2002 – New additions to High School                                           2003 – Demolition to old Elementary School     

Founder Information                      First School Board Members of the district:  George Garrison, President  George Fagnano, Vice President  Leon Winget, Clerk  Reed Johnson  Thomas Schaeffer.                       Past Known Superintendents:     M.A. Shepherd                          Robert Stillwell                         Clifford Schweinfurth                    C.L. McMahon                            Robert Stillwell                        William McPherson                  Charles Stephens                       Ralph Brown                                Guy DeAngelis                             Paul Folmer                                  Bud Sayer                                Ronald Vaughn                         Barbara Cook                          Dwight Garrett                             Past Known High School Principals:                                Robert Stillwell                        Clifford L. Schweinfurth              June Cormany (Elementary)       Frank Sessions                        Donald Morris                            David Warne                                Steve Stirn                               Dwight Garrett                          James Osborne                       Notable Staff:                                June V. Cormany – Long time Elementary Principal  Margaret Graves – History, Latin, Journalism  Leroy Silvani – Coach (Baseball, Track, Basketball), Physical Education, Health  Jesse Lloyd – Math, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry  Donald Morris – High School Principal  Clifford Schweinfurth – High School Principal  Donald Neff – Baseball Coach, Drivers Education  Warren Whitaker – Science, Biology, Track Coach  Emily Marks – Home Economics  Lodema Attaway - English  Rhoda Hannan - English  Jean Krebs - English  Daisy Gillfillan - Cook  Joanne Valentine - Music  Elizabeth Umsted – Music, Art  Nellie Gomsi – Spanish, English  Jean Alcorn – Math  Judy Hoops – English  Elizabeth Stanford – Librarian  Leoma Straight – Physical Education, Health  Bonnie Amos – Elementary  Pearl Eisnaugle – Elementary  Ernest Enderle – Industrial Arts  Mabel Gire – Elementary  Myrtle Maddox – Elementary  Ann Prickett – Elementary  Ethel Simcox - Elementary  Virginia Morris – Elementary  Juanita Hendricks – Elementary  Thelma Flynn – Elementary  Bushnell McDaniels - Elementary  Margaret Large – Elementary  Joanna Haskins – High School  Helen Castle – High School  Letha Tuttle – High School  John Zajdel - Band Director Carl Hollis – Custodian  Earl Cormany – Bus Driver  Jean Echard – Cashier  Sheridan Robinson – Bus Driver  Richard Cox – 6th Grade  Mary Matson – Elementary  Delores Mackley – Math  Steve Swan – Government, Social Studies  Patricia Davis – 6th Grade  Cheryl Graves – Intermediate  Marvine Williams – Cook  Gary Adams – High School  Bonnie Atwood Adams – Secretary  Frank Sessions- Principal  Robert Uhrig – Science  Alex Mace – Science, Chemistry, Physics  Dean Forcum – Occupational Work Experience  William Marsh – History  Diane McFadden – English  Mike Shoemaker – Math, Algebra  Sally Shoemaker Rathkamp – History  Daniel Wade – Junior High  Linda McDaniel - Guidance Office Mrs. Ralph Brown “Brownie” – Cafeteria  Marie Jayne – Cafeteria  Mabel Andeson – Secretary  Sue Young – High School Secretary  Velma Steel – Clerk of Board of Education  Raymond Houser – Bus Driver and Mechanic  Harry Hurtt – Bus Driver                                        School Fight Song  To the Tune of Notre Dame’s fight song  Lyrics written by: Elizabeth Umsted and Helen Brown Letizia                  “Cheer, cheer for old UHS, Cheer for the school that we love the best. While our team is on the floor, ______________will never raise the score. We love our colors, purple and gold. Our loyal team so fearless and bold. While Unioto’s sons go marching onward to victory. Rah! Rah! Rah!                                 School Alma Mater  Lyrics written by: Elizabeth Umsted and the Girls Glee Club                                   There's a school we'll cherish ever,  By the highway side.  Our love for thee will vanish never,  Be our fondest pride.  Chorus  Many lessons she has taught us,  Honor, faith and truth;  Many blessings she has brought us,  Glorified our youth.  Chorus:  Sons and daughters, sing her praises,  Sing them far and wide;  Sing our love for Unioto,  Unioto High.                      Academics:     1967-1968    First school in the state to have Special Education classes for grades 1-12     Clubs:  Hi-lites Newsletter 1946  Future Teachers of America 1947  Glee Club 1937  Future Homemakers of America 1937  French Club 1941  Future Farmers of America 1937  Latin Club 1942  Hi-Y 1937  Quill and Scroll 1944  Boosters Club 1947  Science Club 1957  Junior Classical League 1956  Spanish Club 1965  Library Audio Visual Club 1972  Fellowship of Christian Athletes 1972  National Honor Society 1956  Occupational Work Experience  Leviathan Society        Bands:  Orchestra 1936  First Band under the Mrs. Hendrick 1945  German Band 1950     Sports     Boys:  Football 1962  Basketball 1936-37  Baseball 1949  Softball 1948  Track 1937  Golf 1963  Soccer 1985  Tennis 1962     Girls:  Basketball 1977  Softball 1948  Track 1937  Soccer 2002  Tennis 1976  Cheer Team 1937  Volleyball 1938