Portsmouth in Scioto County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage
Progress In Education
The mural depicts every phase of growth in education in the Portsmouth area. Here we see the steady progress from the one-room schoolhouse through the various elementary and high schools to the establishment of Shawnee State University. Examples of various school buildings in the area are shown, as well as examples of the changes in clothing, activities, and specialized education that has occurred over the years. The first graduating class of Portsmouth High School was in 1860, with five students graduating. The next graduating class was in 1867, with five more students graduating. By 1900, the city had 12 school buildings. Portsmouth High School was completed in 1912.
Shawnee State Expansion
This mural represents the elevation of Shawnee State from a two-year community college to a four-year university. Higher education was first offered in Portsmouth in 1945 through extension classes from Ohio University, Athens. Massie Hall was built in 1967. Shawnee State Community College was founded in 1977 after a merger of the names Scioto Technical College and OU-Portsmouth. After considerable
Vernal G. Riffe, Jr., considered by many citizens the benefactor of Shawnee State University, believed that students from southern Ohio deserved an opportunity to further their education close to home. The creation of Shawnee State University is the result of his vision. Vern Riffe was first elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1958. He served in the House for thirty-six years, with a record-breaking twenty years as Speaker of the House.
Erected by Portsmouth Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Ohio, Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage series list.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 38° 43.853′ N, 83° 0.324′ W. Marker was in Portsmouth, Ohio, in Scioto County. Marker was at the intersection of Front Street and Jefferson Street, on the right when traveling west on Front Street. Marker is at the Scioto County Welcome Center. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 5 Jefferson St, Portsmouth OH 45662, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within Progress in Education / Shawnee State Expansion / Vern Riffe (here, next to this marker); Chillicothe Street, 1940's / Steel Industry, 1870-1980 / Clarence Holbrook Carter / Carl Ackerman (within shouting distance of this marker); Portsmouth Railroads, 1950's / Modern Industry / Medical History / Twentieth Century Wars (within shouting distance of this marker); Roy Rogers / 1937 Flood / Branch Rickey / Kentucky Friends (within shouting distance of this marker); A Struggle To Be Free (within shouting distance of this marker); Portsmouth Motorcycle Club / Good Times Remembered / Sunset at the Point / Sister Cities (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Twilight / Dedication Panel / Muralist Robert Dafford (about 500 feet away); Millbrook Park / The Shoe Industry, 1869-1977 / Early 1900's Streetcar / Government Square, 1919 (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
Also see . . . Portsmouth, Ohio, Floodwall Murals. (Submitted on February 26, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 26, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 293 times since then and 6 times this year. Last updated on January 27, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on February 26, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.