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Portsmouth in Scioto County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Progress in Education / Shawnee State Expansion / Vern Riffe

Floodwall Murals, 2000 Feet of History/2000 Feet of Art

 
 
Progress in Education / Shawnee State Expansion / Vern Riffe Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
1. Progress in Education / Shawnee State Expansion / Vern Riffe Marker
Inscription.  
Progress in Education
The mural depicts every phase of growth in education in the Portsmouth Area. Here we see the steady progress from one room schoolhouses and 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 changes in clothing, activities and specialized education that have 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 twelve school buildings.

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. In 1974, Ohio University Portsmouth merged with Scioto Technical College to form Shawnee State General and Technical College. Legislature changed its name to Shawnee State Community College in 1977.
Progress in Education / Shawnee State Expansion / Vern Riffe Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
2. Progress in Education / Shawnee State Expansion / Vern Riffe Marker
After considerable growth in student enrollment and the addition of several new buildings Shawnee State University emerged in 1986.

Vern Riffe
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. Vem Riffe was first elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1958. He served in the house for 36 years with a record-breaking 20 years as Speaker of the House. (Marker Number 11.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationNative Americans. In addition, it is included in the Ohio, Portsmouth, Floodwall Murals series list.
 
Location. 38° 43.852′ N, 83° 0.324′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Ohio, in Scioto County. Marker is at the intersection of Front Street and Jefferson Street, on the right when traveling west on Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is 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 walking distance of 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
Progress in Education mural image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
3. Progress in Education mural
(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); Julia Marlowe / Portsmouth Shoe-Steels / The Portsmouth Spartans / The Greyhound Bus Station, 1941 (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Shawnee State Expansion and Vern Riffle murals image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
4. Shawnee State Expansion and Vern Riffle murals
Shawnee State Expansion mural image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
5. Shawnee State Expansion mural
Shawnee State Expansion mural image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
6. Shawnee State Expansion mural
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 4, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 4, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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