Near Winchester in Randolph County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Lee L. Driver
—“ Father of Rural School Consolidation “ —
Side - A
Indiana laws passed 1897 - 1907 provided for abandonment of rural one-room schools; they were replaced with consolidated schools that offered graded curriculum, high school education, and athletics. Driver, Superintendent of Randolph County Schools, 1907 - 1919, replaced over 100 district schools with 20 multi-room buildings, which garnered national acclaim.
Side - B
Born in Randolph County 1867. He graduated from teachers college 1883 and returned home to teach; named principal of Winchester High School, 1900. Elected county superintendent in 1907, 1911, and 1917. In 1920, Driver became Director of Rural Education for Pennsylvania; known there as the “father of rural school consolidation.” Driver died 1960.
Erected 2009 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Randolph County Historical Society, & Randolph Central School Corporation. (Marker Number 68.2009.1.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
Location. 40° 10.318′ N, 84° 57.459′ W. Marker is near Winchester, Indiana, in Randolph County. Marker is at the intersection of Indiana Route 32 and County Route N 100 E Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Winchester IN 47394, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Rebecca Pearse Goodrich Family Homestead (approx. 1.1 miles away); Randolph County Quakers (approx. 1.2 miles away); Civil War Memorial - Randolph County Indiana (approx. 1.3 miles away); Revolutionary War Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); W.W. II and Korean Conflict - War Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); First in Nation (approx. 1.3 miles away); Randolph County (Indiana) (approx. 1.3 miles away); Dedicated to All Veterans (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Winchester.
Also see . . . Photos of Dedication (Courtesy - Indiana Historical Bureau):. (Submitted on January 20, 2013, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
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