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Toledo in Lucas County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Edward Drummond Libbey High School

 
 
Edward Drummond Libbey High School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Baker, July 10, 2019
1. Edward Drummond Libbey High School Marker
close up, side A
Inscription.  

Edward Drummond Libbey High School - “the castle on the hill” - opened in 1923 to serve the growing number of students in Toledo Public Schools. The school offered a curriculum of manual and academic training, reflecting a progressive movement during the late 19th and early 20th centuries to democratize education. Libbey High School was named for Edward D. Libbey (1854-1925), a local businessman, civic leader, and philanthropist who founded the Libbey Glass Company and Toledo Museum of Art. Libbey's successful business ventures earned Toledo the nickname “The Glass Capital of the World.” Much of his fortune was spent on providing cultural and educational institutions that still serve the public as of 2018.

Architect Edwin M. Gee designed Libbey High School. At the time it opened, it was the largest, most expensive school built in Toledo. The $1.5 million, 236,666-square-foot school could accommodate 2,000 students. In 1927, a brick stadium was built, followed, in 1955, by the field house and, in 1974, by the Skill Center. Declining enrollment and funding caused the school to close in 2010. More than
Edward Drummond Libbey High School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Baker, July 10, 2019
2. Edward Drummond Libbey High School Marker
close up, side B
23,000 students were educated here in 87 years. The school, razed in 2012, was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2011 as an outstanding example of Collegiate Gothic architecture and because of its significance to early-20th-century education.
 
Erected 2018 by Edward Drummond Libbey High School Historical Marker Friends; The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 66-48.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureEducationIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
 
Location. 41° 38.093′ N, 83° 34.276′ W. Marker is in Toledo, Ohio, in Lucas County. Marker is on Western Avenue (Ohio Route 2), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1250 Western Avenue, Toledo OH 43609, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Toledo Zoo / Toledo's Canals (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Toledo Zoo / The New Deal in Toledo (approx. 1.3 miles away); Art Tatum (approx. 1.4 miles away); Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Toledo State Hospital Old Cemetery, 1888-1922
Edward Drummond Libbey High School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Baker, July 10, 2019
3. Edward Drummond Libbey High School Marker
full view of marker, Western Avenue is to the left
(approx. 1.8 miles away); Toledo Museum of Art (approx. 1.8 miles away); First Chartered Girl Scout Council in the United States (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Oliver House (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Toledo.
 
Edward Drummond Libbey High School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Baker, July 10, 2019
4. Edward Drummond Libbey High School Marker
marker as seen from a distance, the field is the site of the former school complex
Edward Drummond Libbey High School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Baker, July 10, 2019
5. Edward Drummond Libbey High School Marker
picture on marker, the school, as it appeared in 1956
Edward Drummond Libbey High School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Baker, July 10, 2019
6. Edward Drummond Libbey High School Marker
picture on marker, portrait of Edward Drummond Libbey
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 10, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 170 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 10, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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