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

Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage

 
 
Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
1. Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage 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 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 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
Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
2. Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage Marker
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.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio, Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage marker series.
 
Location. 38° 43.853′ 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 the Scioto County Welcome Center. Marker is in this post office area: Portsmouth OH 45662, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage
Progress In Education Mural image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
3. Progress In Education Mural
Mural by Robert Dafford
(within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage (about 500 feet away); 1937 Ohio River Flood Mark on Bigg's House (about 600 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.)
 
Categories. EducationPolitics
 
Progress In Education Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
4. Progress In Education Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
Progress In Education Mural image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
5. Progress In Education Mural
Mural by Robert Dafford
Progress In Education Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
6. Progress In Education Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
Shawnee State Expansion Mural image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
7. Shawnee State Expansion Mural
Mural by Robert Dafford
Vern Riffe Mural image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
8. Vern Riffe Mural
Mural by Robert Dafford
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 26, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 234 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on February 26, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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