The Dublin City Schools' 1919 Building was the place where Barbara Headlee attended school from third grade through high school.

It was the place where the 88-year-old Dublin resident met Lee, the now-deceased man who was her husband of 65 years.

It was the place where the Dublin High School class of 1947 alumnus eventually returned to teach physical education before moving on to teach at what would become Coffman High School.

For Headlee and many others, the 1919 Building has for a century served as a place to receive an education and make memories.

The school district will commemorate the building's 100-year anniversary with a celebration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 8 at the building. A ceremony is scheduled for noon, said Doug Baker, the district's public information officer.

The anniversary isn't recognizing the building, but rather celebrating the students who have been educated there and the great things that have happened at the site, said District Superintendent Todd Hoadley.

The oldest building in the school district is now part of John Sells Middle School complex at 150 W. Bridge St. and is the site for district board of education meetings.

It originally served as a home for grades K-12 before the district began to grow, Baker said.

The building was built in 1919 to replace the former Washington Township School that stood where the Dublin Branch Library is now at 75 N. High St., said Dublin Historical Society president Tom Holton. That building, built in 1870, was becoming too old and small for the school.

While that first school building served as school, a home for Washington Township administration and fraternal organization the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the new 1919 building was built only to serve as a school, Holton said.

While lower grades were coupled together, such as first- and second-graders, high school students were grouped by single grades, Holton said.

From that time on, the building served the school system in multiple ways, Holton said.

"It's been used and reused and remodeled," he said.

Joe Riedel, superintendent from 1982-87, said the 1919 building was in great need of repair during his tenure with the district.

District staff considered razing the building but decided to renovate it instead because the building was structurally sound and had a history in the community, Riedel said.

"It was an important building for a good part of the community at that time," he said.

Theresa Dearing, a 68-year-old Gahanna resident who graduated from Dublin High School in 1968, joked that the 1919 building felt like it was 100 years old back when she went to school there: The space lacked air conditioning, and the physical education locker room lacked operational showers.

But for all that, the building was home to great teachers, Dearing said.

Dearing, who graduated from Dublin High School in 1968, said she was hesitant about leaving her friends when she and her older brother, Ted, moved to Dublin when she entered ninth grade.

But she and her brother, two years her senior, were well- received, Dearing said. She ended up joining the cheerleading squad and still talks to members of her graduating class.

"It was just a beautiful experience," she said.

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