Long Lost Graduation Videos

The history of ownership is murky, but the association now has six graduation videos from 16 mm film and/or VHS video in the late 60s or early 70s. We have identified three of them as the Class of 1966, the Class of 1968 and the Class of 1971. But three remain unidentified — and we need your help. On the right are the ones we have identified, but the ones on the left are unknown. Contact us if you know the year for #1, #2 or #3. And of course,…

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Madison Avenue Elementary School Remembrance

Madison Avenue Elementary School was built in 1928 and classes began in January, 1929, and provided just over 90 years of service. I attended Madison Avenue from 1956 to 1962, and the building was torn down in the summer of 2019. I am sure the new building constructed behind the grade school is wonderful — Riverview Elementary School, as well as the new one built on Concord-Hambden Road –Parkside Elementary School.  But I will always have memories of Madison Avenue School. I took a tour of the building before the…

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Halls of Ivy – Mary Porter

Publisher’s Note: This is another in our series of former students remembering special teachers from their time in the Riverside School District. One Great Teacher Does Make A Difference By Jessica Presutti Biller Dr. Mary Allen Porter once gave me a card that I kept with this quote: There are those whose lives affect all others around them, quietly touching one heart who in turn touches another, reaching out to ends further than they would ever know. As her student, colleague and friend I felt this, and it is the…

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Walk Down The Halls of Ivy

Submitted by Mary Zmecek-Lette The Halls of Ivy Recently a friend and I had an opportunity to take a sentimental journey through the halls of Riverside High School. We wandered alone – and even though the building was relatively empty, felt and heard noises and voices from years gone by. On the wall in one of the hallways we saw this verse: “There are those whose lives affect all others around them, quietly touching one heart Who in turn touches another, reaching out to ends further than they would ever know.”…

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The First Beaver

The Man Behind the First Beaver Artwork When Riverside High School opened in 1949, the school district was starting with a clean slate. School colors, along with a mascot, needed to be chosen. Finally after much thought, research, and contests among the students, faculty and staff, it was announced on December 20, 1949, that the “Beaver” would be the mascot for Riverside. The first Beaver was drawn by Charles “Chick” Dickinson. The cover on the first yearbook, which was published in 1952, contained a drawing of that Beaver and continued…

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Quick History of Riverside

In 1944 a resolution was passed by the Painesville Township Local Board of Education to build a new combined high school and junior high school. Previous to this time, students in this area had attended high schools in neighboring sections.Because of World War II and the accompanying building shortages, the actual construction was postponed until 1948. The fall session of September, 1949, opened with seventh, eighth, and ninth graders in attendance. In the following school year the enrollment increased to include the tenth and eleventh grades. All six grades were…

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