Gahanna-Jefferson Community Schools’ Lincoln Elementary School, serving as a residence away from house for 1000’s of students and workers, was demolished July 5 to make home for the new Gahanna Lincoln Significant College campus.
Judy Hengstebeck, the district’s communications coordinator, said the elementary school, at 515 Havens Corners Road, was crafted from 1956 to 1957 and was torn down about 7:30 a.m. in pouring rain, lightning and thunder.
Retired educator Dorothy Anderson, who labored there 30 a long time, together with 1990 by way of 2003 as principal, was catching a flight again to Tucson, Arizona, about 10 a.m. but couldn’t carry herself to go by the faculty.
She had been in town going to spouse and children and celebrating a friend’s 90th birthday.
Anderson claimed Lincoln was “a residence away from household,” through a July 2 cellphone interview.
“It was fantastic,” she said. “It was the fastest 30 several years of my life. Our employees. We viewed as ourselves family members.”
Anderson stated her predecessor, the late Ed Rarey, recognized that atmosphere.
“We labored collectively, laughed, cried, celebrated everyone’s ups and downs,” she claimed. “That experience trickled down to the young children. To this day, when I arrive back in this article, they say, ‘Dorothy is back’ and 20 lecturers fulfill for lunch.”
She said the moms and dads of the school’s pupils also were amazing.
“We experienced learners who came to our developing where by the moms and dads experienced been there as elementary learners,” Anderson said. “They required the exact same natural environment they had.”
On a Gahanna-Jefferson General public Schools’ July 5 Facebook put up about the demolition, Dorothy Milless Hedges wrote, “So numerous recollections! I went to faculty there and so did all four of my youngsters. Gahanna has transformed so significantly since I moved there at the age of two in 1949.”
“So grateful for the difficult do the job set in to make our school technique amazing,” included Katrinka Stewart.
Anderson said Lincoln was a person of the very first elementary universities to have an intern software for higher education education majors.
“We had an intern from Otterbein (University) that used the total 12 months with a trainer,” she said. “Ed Rarey commenced that. It begun with Otterbein, and other colleges obtained associated. They would be section of our classroom. They would discover on the occupation. Lincoln was also the to start with that begun the DARE system. We had two studying teachers that wrote and printed books to use with their young children. The staff, I can imagine of 5 or six who went on to be principals in other properties.”
Anderson mentioned the school’s bodily-training trainer, the late Brian Hamler, grew to become superintendent of Whitehall City Schools.
She mentioned it wasn’t a team that locked them selves in a classroom.
“The young ones were all ours,” Anderson said. “We all felt fortunate to be portion of Lincoln. We usually termed ourselves the Lincoln ladies. We ended up one particular huge family members and collaborated with every single other.”
She claimed mom and dad started calling the school in September to locate out the theme for Halloween so they could make costumes. “We had our Halloween parade that went outside,” she said. “We had Christmas plans.”
Anderson reported functioning at Lincoln was not just a job.
“I consider all those people lecturers felt that way,” she stated. “It was a superb 30 yrs.”
Hengstebeck stated the college was named immediately after the high university located within just a block of the elementary faculty, and a few renovations had been concluded throughout its historical past.
The district opened the new Lincoln Elementary College at 261 Helmbright Drive in August 2021.
Anderson claimed she noticed the new Lincoln previous yr and was in awe.
In addition to Rarey and Anderson, other Lincoln principals had been Kristen Groves, Jim Micciulla and present-day principal Claire Giardino, Hegstebeck said.
Souvenir bricks from the razed school are available to inhabitants, previous college students, instructors or any person seeking to preserve a piece of Gahanna-Jefferson history by filling out an on the internet type.