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 State Road 32 and County Road N 100 E, on Touch 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). Touch for a list and map 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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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 31, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 621 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 31, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.