Highlands, Johnson, Central (later Moyer), and Woodfill. 1931
Woodfill and Moyer were built from the same plans, by Fort Thomas Architect C. C. Weber
|“The Robert D. Johnson School occupies a commanding position in the heart of North Fort Thomas, around which has sprung up an extensive residential section.”||“The Ruth Moyer School, the newest of the elementary schools, sits in white majesty as a monument to her whose memory it perpetuates.”||“The Samuel Woodfill School is the hub of the southern portion of Fort Thomas, including in its radius the southern business district and the military reservation.”|
|From the 1936-37 Highlands yearbook|
Highlands High School, January, 1954
That's the old high school on the right (same building as below) .
The current high school was built in 1937.
Thanks to Mr. John Deering, former Highlands
Principal and English teacher, for this image, and the one below
|Highlands from the
|Aerial View of High School,
and what was then the new
Middle School circa 1964
|Highlands Gym, 1935||Death Valley Baseball Field, 1959||1953||Fraternity House at
|School Play, 1934||Library, 1934||Band, 1934||Gym, 1934|
|The architect's concept drawing and a construction image, both from the architectural firm of Weber, Werner, and Atkins. More on Fort Thomas' own C. C. Weber is at this site.|
This one's from the 1937 Highlands' Yearbook and is simply captioned “Helping George”.
We include it here for a great view of the trolley in front of the school.
|Highlands, from the 1926 Highlander. Note the Trolley Tracks. From a Facebook post by Berz Wagner.||from the 1937 Highlander||1937. Looking out the front door of the old High School toward the trolley tracks|
|The 1937 Highlands year book says “The new cafeteria presents its homelike served within surroundings of comfortable roominess. Within its walls culinary aromas are blended with carefree conversation and laughter.”|
Highlands High School
This building was erected in 1915, and had 93 students that
first year. It served until 1962, which was the year it burned down.
The cornerstone was laid on July 25, 1914.
Highlands after the January 6, 1962 fire.
|We read on Facebook that the original mascot for the school was the Highlands Blue Devil; that a local clergyman objected to the association of the community to the devil; that the boys' track team had an exceptionally good year that year; and it was remarked that they "flew like birds." This gave rise to the new name for the mascot, the Bluebirds. Can anyone verify that, or is it just an old wives tale?|
|First Woodfill School||Samuel “Woodie” Woodfill (Wikipedia)||Brooklyn Daily Eagle,
September 11, 1922
|Fort Thomas' Woodfill Elementary School was named after Medal of Honor recipient Samuel Woodfill. A site about him is here.||The Stars and Stripes, of March 14, 1919, published Woodfill's official Medal of Honor proclamation, here.|
Woodfill School's cornerstone was laid on July 22, 1922.
|“Johnston” Elementary School||Robert D. Johnson|
|Johnson Elementary is named after WWI hero Robert D. Johnson, who was killed at the Battle of Belleau (Wikipedia) on June 8, 1918. His brother, Claude W. Johnson was the Chairman of the Board of Education at the time.|
|Additional background on the school and Miss Moyer.||Original Central School, the name was changed to Ruth Moyer in 1931.||Central School Opens|
On N. Fort Thomas
A drawing by Caroline Williams
|On N. Ft. Thomas Ave.,
across from Holly
|Mount Vernon School
On Highland, across from Newman,
and the only school in Central
Fort Thomas until the late 1800's.
Former Highlands football coach is in the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame
|"In the spring of 1891 big affair was held in Alexandria, some sort of Campbell County School affair, enormous bucket dinners and unlimited food, etc. Debate contest was held in the courthouse, and the Highland team won. . . . I seem to recall that the subject was something about the Theatre being more harmful than good, and the Newport people said the Highland boys won because they came from religious families and believed what they argued for while the Newport boys hadn’t given any thought to the subject and their parents had not taught them that it was wrong to go to the theatre.” From a letter from Harry W. McGinnis, July 10, 1957|
Fort Thomas' excerpt from Mary Lee Caldwell's History of Education of Campbell County.
|The first school in Fort Thomas dates back to c. 1832. Called the Mt. Pleasant School, it was a log cabin near what is now the intersection of Holly Lane and N. Ft. Thomas Avenue. Also known as the Old Buckeye School, it was used as a church on Sundays. The Baptists and Methodists alternated Sundays.|
|Folk Dance||Recreation Hall||Playground||Recreation Park
from a Facebook post by Barbara Sparks Rawe
|St. Euphrasia's Training School, Highland Avenue, Fort Thomas, Kentucky|