Concord Memories: Ron Sarbach ’59

Concord Elementary School

Guest Author: Ron Sarbach ’59 In 1948 when I started school, Concord Elementary School was an old, four- room school that housed six grades in a country atmosphere. Mrs. White taught first grade in one room, and she kept us under a semblance of control by ringing a small bell that she kept on her desk. When she rang that bell with vigor, we all snapped to attention and started to more or less behave. She was an old-school teacher and was not afraid to stand us up in the…

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Concord’s Elementary Schools: Bonnie Adams Walker ’69

Bonnie Adams in the first grade at Concord Elementary with Mrs. Emma Mordoff.

Guest Author: Bonnie Adams Walker ‘69 My family has a long history in Concord, with the earliest arrival by at least 1817. The members of my family went to whatever schools were available in Concord at the time. This is a story of some of the Concord schools through my great grandfather, Eugene Edgar Wade, his sons Martin and Wade, my father Jay Adams, plus my brother Kenneth Adams and me, Bonnie Adams Walker. The Old Stone Schoolhouse The Stone Schoolhouse still stands on Ravenna Road. The schoolhouse was built…

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Memories of Hale Road Elementary: Kevin Clark ’75

Guest Author: Kevin Clark ’75 I grew up in Painesville Township Park. Most of us in the family went through Hale Road School, six boys and one girl.  I was a twin.  My poor mother really had her hands full with us twin boys, “Mom’s Angels.”  What a fun time in our household – never a dull moment. Things I remember fondly of Hale Road Elementary School, 1963-1968 include: Fallout shelter, storm and bomb drills: We would hear the bells continue to ring, and we would line up and walk in…

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I Led Two Lives at Hale Road School: Elaine Martin Uonelli ’59

Guest Author: Elaine Martin Uonelli ’59 I was enrolled in the 4th grade at Nursery School in 1950, now known as Hale Road School. At that time Mr. Kendle was principal, and I was always impressed by his portrait mounted outside the school office. The infirmary was a small room on the second floor, equipped with a sink, a cot, a medicine cabinet, a chair and desk for the school nurse. In addition to its original function, the gym served as the lunchroom, and sometimes it was used as an…

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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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