Thursday, February 13, 2014
Lowell School 60th Anniversary – Feb 1956
The school was located on East 31st Street and opened in February, 1896. According to The History of Lorain Schools, it was originally called the 13th Avenue School, because before Lorain renamed its streets in 1909, that was the street on which it was located. The school was named after James Russell Lowell (1819 - 1891), an American poet, critic, and diplomat.
The article really drives home the point that school buildings unite students, teachers and alumni. To celebrate the anniversary, an Open House was held at the school. Former teachers were invited back, and they went to the classrooms in which they taught so that they could greet their former students.
It looks like it was quite a wonderful affair. They even had a special banquet to commemorate the occasion.
Nowadays, schools in Lorain are routinely and quietly demolished with no regard for the memories or shared experiences of the former teachers and students. And that's not only a shame – it's a disgrace.
I would have liked to visit Masson School one last time before it was demolished and trucked away.