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Memorial to commemorate Harlem Township schools

The Harlem High School Alumni Association and Harlem Township Heritage hope to raise awareness of the former Harlem Township schools by building a memorial in Center Village's Community Park.

The first Harlem Township school was built during the War of 1812. By 1849, the township had nine sub-district schools. By 1917, all the one-room schools in the township closed and one central school in Center Village accommodated all the students.

The last class graduated from Harlem Township High School in 1952, and Harlem Township became part of the Big Walnut school district.

Now, more than sixty years later, virtually no trace of Harlem Township schools remains. Memorial organizers hope to change this by selling engraved bricks and pavers to be used in the memorial's construction.

The design will depend on the amount of money raised, memorial organizers said in an email. At a minimum, the date plaque from the front of the former Harlem Township High School, the bell from two earlier Center Village schools and a plaque with information about the schools will be included.

Forms to purchase the bricks and pavers are available on the Harlem Township website, The cost of 4-inch by 8-inch bricks is $35; and 8-inch by 8-inch pavers are $75. Prices of both will increase on Jan. 1, 2015.

For more information, contact Vicki Tieche at 740-965-4535 or