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Austintown Fitch High School

Austintown Fitch High School paranormal

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Location submitted by: sdonley on 03/30/2014
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Originally name the Austintown Consolidated school, the Austintown Fitch High School became the Austintown Middle School until it was closed when the new middle school was built. THIS BUILDING HAS BEEN DEMOLITION.

5800 Mahoning Avenue
Austintown , OH 44515
Open to the public: No

Lat: 41.10095099999999
Lon: -80.76977299999998

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Demographic Rank: 4
History: 2
Stories: 0
Claims: 2
Evidence: 0
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Added by: sdonley on 08/10/2019 DB#:534

Austintown Township was first inhabited by Native Americans. In 1788, it became Range 3, Township 2, of the Connecticut Western Reserve and was named for Calvin Austin, a land agent for the Connecticut Land Company. In 1794 John McCollum was the first settler. In 1820, the population was 718. By 1880, coal miners and families increased the population to 2,502. After World War II, Austintown grew tremendously. Throughout this growth, one constant remained -- the schools. Moving from 12 one-room schoolhouses to one large consolidated school to 8 School buildings, the schools remain central to the community and preserve Austintown's identity.

The earliest schools in Austintown, on Frederick Shively's and Jacob Parkhurst's farms, were subscription schools; parents paid $1.50 per child per term. In 1825, Ohio required taxpayer-supported public schools in each township.

In 1916, the eight operating one-room schoolhouses were consolidated into one building, the Austintown Centralized School, serving grades 1-9. In January 1922, the school added grades 10-12. In 1924, the school was renamed Austintown Fitch School.

John H. Fitch was born west of Austintown Center, in 1843. In 1914 he donated eight of his 400 acres on Mahoning Avenue west of the center for a new school. After Fitch's death in 1919, Frank Ohl, Fitch's farm manager, circulated petitions to rename Austintown Centralized School to Austintown Fitch School. It was renamed on March 17, 1924.

Additions in 1926, 1946, and 1954 included two gymnasiums, a boiler room, an auditorium, classrooms, and a band room.

Added by: sdonley on 03/30/2014 DB#:178


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1764 03/30/2014 sdonley Shadow figures have been reported in the gymnasium.
1765 03/30/2014 sdonley The sound of someone walking down the halls when the building was closed have been heard.

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Austintown Fitch High School | Planet Perish
Added: 03/18/2018 By: sdonley
Austintown Fitch High School photos inside the building after it was abandoned.

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