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Historic Schools of Wheeling

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▼ SCHOOLS

An act passed by the General Assembly of Virginia on February 23, 1849, separated the city from the county, placing schools under the control of a separate and independent board.¹

"Thus the first public school system introduced into the southern states was that of Ohio County, Virginia; and the first public school established in the South was the Third Ward Public School in the city of Wheeling... What an innovation!" ²

Schools in Wheeling:

  ▶ Schools in Wheeling in 1886 (Daily Intelligencer article) 

Ward Schools:

  ▶ Centre School (5th Ward)
  ▶ Clay (2nd & 3rd Ward)
  ▶ Madison School (7th Ward)
  ▶ Ritchie School (8th Ward)
  ▶ Union School (4th Ward)
  ▶ Washington School (1st Ward)
  ▶ Webster School (6th Ward)

High Schools: 

  ▶ Lincoln High School 
  ▶ McKinley Trade/Vocational High School 
  ▶ Wheeling High School  
  ▶ Wheeling Park High School

District Schools:

  ▶ Edgington Lane Public School
  ▶ Elm Grove Public School/Kruger Street School
  ▶ Fulton Public School 
  ▶ Steenrod 
  ▶ Triadelphia School
  ▶ Warwood
  ▶ Woodsdale

Parochial and Private:

  ▶ Blessed Martin
  ▶ Cathedral High School
  ▶ Central Catholic High School
  ▶ Linsly Institute
     ▼ 75th Anniversary, 1889 (Daily Intelligencer article)
  ▶ Mount De Chantal Visitation Academy
  ▶ St. Joseph Academy for Girls
  ▶ Wheeling Catholic Elementary School

Segregated Schools:

  ▶ Dunbar
  ▶ Lincoln School 
  ▶ Blessed Martin

Post-Secondary:

  ▶ Wheeling College/Wheeling Jesuit University
  ▶ Wheeling Female College
  ▶ West Virginia Northern Community College

¹ West Virginia State Dept. of Education. (1907). The history of education in West Virginia.(Rev. ed., p. 240). Charleston, WV: Tribune Print.
²Cranmer, G. (1902). History of Wheeling city and Ohio County, West Virginia and representative citizens. Chicago, Ill.: Biographical Pub.


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