|Toledo Public Schools
Toledo City Schools
1609 N. Summit St.Lucas
Toledo, Ohio 43604
|Public School District
|Jim Gant, James Gault
|Chair of the board
|8 high schools, 42 elementary schools, 8 special schools (2018)
|$447.3 million (2017-2018 school year)
|The Ohio 8
|Students and staff
|23324 (2018-2019 school year)
|4373 total employees (2018)
|Linda Meyers, Brian Murphy
|"Become an “A” Rated school district whose graduates are college and career ready."
Toledo Public Schools, also known as Toledo City School District, is a public school district headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, in the United States. The district encompasses 70 square miles, serving students of the city of Toledo.Toledo Public Schools (TPS), serves 23,324 students (2018-2019 school year) and is the fourth largest district in the state. Since 2013, TPS has experienced growth in student enrollment from 21,353 students to 23,324 for the 2018-2019 school year.
The district has seen the graduation rate improve 7.5 percent since 2014. The 4-year graduation rate for students who entered the 9th grade in 2014 and graduated by 2017 was 71.4 percent. The 5-year graduation rate for students who entered the 9th grade in fall of 2013 and graduated by the summer of 2017 was 78.5 percent.
TPS budget includes local, state, federal, and other funds, totaling more than $447.3 million (2017-2018 school year). The majority (63.2 percent) of the districts budget comes from state funding, 22.4 percent from local sources, and 11.5 percent from federal funds.In 2018, TPS was the regions fifth largest employer behind ProMedica Health System, Mercy Health Partners, The University of Toledo, and Fiat Chrysler, with 4373 employees. The district employees 1835 teachers (2018) who are represented by the Toledo Federation of Teachers. Other district staff are part of the Toledo Association of Administrative Personnel and The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
Dr. Romules Durant became the district's superintendent on August 1, 2013.
Students are allowed to wear any solid colored polo and certain types of pants. High school as of 2016-2017 school year and on are allowed to wear anything.
Former/Closed High Schools
Pre-Schools K-8 some in 2011-2012 will not be open
(collected from the Woodward Technical High School yearbook 1927-28)
In 1853, the first Toledo high school was built on the block surrounded by Adams, Madison, Michigan, and 10th streets (currently occupied by the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library). The building was finished in 1857 and the first class graduated from Central High School in 1858.
In 1872, Jesup W. Scott selected a body of trustees to establish a “University of Arts and Trades” for the city of Toledo. A donation of $15,000 by trustee William H. Raymond in 1873, followed by a donation of $50,000 by Scott’s family following his death on January 22, 1874 helped set up a school of design in the original high school by January 1875.
Unable to carry out the wishes of donors, the trustees tendered the property to the city of Toledo in January 1884. The Scott Manual Training School was opened and had the distinction of being one of the first such schools to offer courses in Domestic Science. The building was destroyed by a fire in March 1885, but was rebuilt as a much larger structure in 1886 with sixty-one rooms and an auditorium that was larger than the original building.
Until 1913, this was the city’s only high school building except for a few years where the first two years of high school were offered at East Side Central. Students were eventually transferred over to Jesup W. Scott High School in 1913 and Morrison R. Waite High School (named for Justice Morrison Waite) in 1914 when these schools were opened.
In January 1912 the Elementary Industrial School was established within the Central building with an emphasis on mechanical drawing and woodwork. When the remaining high school students left for Waite, the industrial school sought a new name. The new school was named Woodward Junior High School for Calvin M. Woodward, an advocate of manual training. When the school added four-year classes, it became Woodward Technical High School.
With four high schools established by 1923 (Scott in the west end, Waite in the east side, Woodward Tech near the north, and Central Catholic near downtown), a suitable high school was necessary for the south end. Edward Drummond Libbey High School was built and named for the Libbey Glass founder and Toledo Art Museum creator who gave money for the school’s property on Western Avenue.
In 1927, Vocational High School was established in the Woodward Tech building as well.Woodward Tech would move into a new building on Streicher Street in 1928 and become Calvin M. Woodward High School. Vocational High School remained in the old building until 1938 when it moved into a new location on Monroe Street and became Irving E. Macomber Vocational High School.
In 1931, Thomas A. DeVilbiss High School was also built in the quickly-expanding west end and named for a local industrialist.Harriet Whitney Vocational High School was also established in 1939 as a girls’ trade school, and it would eventually become joint-operational with Macomber in 1959.
In April 1937, Woodward High School displayed a Tesla Coil formerly owned by Nikola Tesla to the public, which they had acquired for educational purposes.
As Toledo continued to grow, so did its school district. Two more high schools were opened in 1962: E.L. Bowsher High School was named for a former TPS superintendent to ease crowding at Libbey, and Roy C. Start High School was named for a former Toledo mayor in order to ease crowding at DeVilbiss.When Toledo fully annexed Adams Township in 1964, TPS also acquired Robert S. Rogers High School into its system in 1966. In January 1968, the Ohio General Assembly allowed TPS to annex Spencer-Sharples School District despite it not being geographically connected to the rest of the district. In 1970, the Jefferson Center was set up in the old downtown post office as an alternative high school for students with behavioral issues.
Shortly after its great rise, enrollment numbers began to drop across the district as Toledo’s population started to fall. Spencer-Sharples High School was closed in 1980.Macomber and the Jefferson Center were threatened with closure in 1989, but it wasn’t until a levy failed during the 1990-91 school year when DeVilbiss and Macomber high schools were closed. Many of Macomber’s trade classes were sent to other high schools while the Toledo Technology Academy was opened in DeVilbiss. The Jefferson Center was shut down in 2000, and Libbey was also closed in 2010.
TPS was able to rebuild, renovate, and reorganize many of its school buildings in the early years of the 21st century with help from the State of Ohio. Many neighborhood grade schools were lost, but the school communities were given state-of-the-art facilities.
Rossford is a city in Wood County, Ohio, United States, located along the Maumee River in the Toledo metropolitan area. The population was 6,293 at the 2010 census. The town includes the intersection of Interstate 75 and the Ohio Turnpike. Rossford Public Library and WPAY serve the community.
The Greater Buckeye Conference was a high school athletic conference with six members, all located in a large area of northern and northwest Ohio. It was affiliated with the Ohio High School Athletic Association. The conference was created for the 2003-2004 school year after the Great Lakes League folded, and lasted until the end of the 2010-11 school year.
The Toledo City League is an Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) high school athletic conference that was formed in 1926 and comprises the six high schools in Toledo that are from Toledo Public Schools.
Robert S. Rogers High School is located in west Toledo, Ohio, United States. It has been part of Toledo Public Schools since 1964, when Adams Township was annexed by the city. The school motto is "Writing success stories... one student at a time." As of 2008, with the exception of 2012-13, the school principal is Kelly Welch.
Jesup Wakeman Scott High School is a public high school located in the Old West End neighborhood of Toledo, Ohio. It is part of Toledo Public Schools. It was named for a former editor of The Toledo Blade from 1844 to 1847. Scott was an entrepreneur, philanthropist and well-known civic leader who envisioned Toledo as the "Future Great City of the World." The current high school building was built in 1913. After receiving a $1 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Scott High School began a transformation from a comprehensive high school to four small learning academies. Each academy, or "Small School" is based on a different career pathway.
Edward Drummond Libbey High School was a public high school building located on the south side of Toledo, Ohio which held classes from 1923 until 2010. It is part of Toledo Public Schools and contained the Smart Academy and Humanities Academy. Libbey was named after Edward Drummond Libbey, the founder of the Toledo Art Museum and Libbey Glass. David L. Stine was the building's architect.
Roy C. Start High School is the largest comprehensive public high school in Toledo, Ohio, United States. The school opened in 1962 and is part of the Toledo Public Schools. It was named after Roy C. Start, two-time mayor of Toledo and founder of the West Toledo YMCA. The school building was demolished and replaced with a new building. Students have been attending the new Start since January 2008. The only part of the original Roy C. Start High School building in use is the auditorium and is attached to the new building.
Morrison R. Waite High School is a public high school located in east Toledo, Ohio that opened in 1914. It is part of the Toledo Public Schools. It is named after Morrison R. Waite, a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court who is famous for overseeing the Alabama Claims case. Waite replaced the original Central High School when Toledo Public Schools decided it couldn't afford to have 3 high schools for the 1914-15 school year.
Calvin M. Woodward High School is a public high school located in the north side of Toledo, Ohio, that was built in 1928. It was named after an early advocate for vocational education. The original Woodward Technical High School was located in the former Central High School building at the corner of Adams and Michigan streets before the present location was chosen. Woodward is part of the Toledo City School District.
Thomas A. DeVilbiss High School was a public high school in Toledo, Ohio from 1931 to June 1991. It was part of the Toledo Public Schools, serving students from the DeVeaux, Elmhurst, Grove Patterson, Longfellow, Mayfair, McKinley, Nathan Hale, Old Orchard, and Whittier elementary schools. The building still sits at 3301 Upton Avenue near the Central Avenue intersection.
Irving E. Macomber Vocational Technical High School was a vocational public high school in Toledo, Ohio, USA, from 1938 to June 1991. It was named for the man who helped develop the city's schools and parks, and who used to live on the property the school was built on. Macomber served the entire city and was part of the Toledo Public School District. The school began as Vocational High School in the original Toledo high school in 1927 before moving to its location on Monroe Street in 1938. In 1959 the school became joint-operational with Whitney High School, an all-girls vocational school located just across 16th St., and the two buildings came to be known as Macomber-Whitney. The building still sits on Monroe Street, just northwest of Fifth Third Field.
Harriet Whitney High School was a girls vocational public high school in Toledo, Ohio from 1939 to June 1991. It served the entire city and was part of the Toledo Public School District. In 1959 the school became joint-operational with Macomber High School, an all-boys vocational school located next door, and the two buildings came to be known as Macomber-Whitney. Despite the fact that they shared an urban campus and some operational efficiencies, the two schools were completely separate in faculties, enrollments, and curriculum until the 1973-1974 school year. In the spring of 1972, an assembly was held for Macomber sophomores. They were told that they could major in one of several programs offered at Whitney, taking core courses at Whitney and other courses required for graduation at Macomber. The available programs included Distributive Education, Business Technology, Marketing, and Data Processing. Some 50 boys signed up. The only change from the assembly announcement was that the boys were transferred completely to Whitney. While the faculty and staff at Whitney had to make some adjustments to accommodate the boys, the program change worked well. The boys did have to undergo some questions from peers, some of whom didn't believe they actually attended Whitney (the most common response was "you mean, Whitmer?"—Whitmer being another co-ed high school in the metro Toledo area. And, even after the former Macomber boys were completely and fully registered as Whitney students, the school newspaper and the yearbook kept their original names from when Whitney was a girls-only school.
Rossford Public Schools is a school district in Northwest Ohio. The school district serves students who live in the communities of Rossford, Northwood, Perrysburg, Perrysburg Township, and Lake Township located in Wood County. The superintendent is Dan Creps.
Toledo Early College (TEC) is a public high school located in Toledo, Ohio. Part of the Toledo school system, it was founded in 2005 as an Early college high school and provide students the opportunity to simultaneously pursue a high school diploma and earn college credits. All students who apply to the school are considered, including students who are serviced through Individual Educational Plans. However, preference is given to students who are ethnic minorities, ESL students, students who qualify for free/reduced lunches, and students who are the first generation to attend college. Any student who lives in Northwest Ohio is encouraged to apply. Students represent many districts in the surrounding Toledo area. Beginning in the fall of 2017, Toledo Early College will open a junior high servicing 7th and 8th graders. The school was ranked 17th in the state of Ohio in 2012 and during its second year of operation achieved an "Excellent" ranking.
The Three Rivers Athletic Conference is an Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) high school athletic conference that began athletic competition in 2011 and has 10 high schools from Northwest Ohio, seven of which are from the Toledo metropolitan area, and one each from the cities of Findlay, Fremont and Lima. Ken Myers, former director of public safety and public services in Fremont, is the league's inaugural commissioner. The three rivers from which the conference derives its name are the Maumee, Sandusky, and Blanchard.
The Jefferson Center is a campus of software development company Bitwise Industries. Bitwise Industries partnered with Promedica in February of 2021 to purchase and renovate the building. Construction on Bitwise Toledo began shortly after the purchase and is expected to be completed sometime in 2023. The campus will include a cafe, restaurant marketplace, outdoor gathering areas, and patio seating. Alongside Bitwise Cowork, this location will host a multi-use space with event and presentation venues available to tenants and the surrounding community when completed.
Libbey, Inc., is a glass production company headquartered in Toledo, Ohio. It was originally founded 205 years ago in Cambridge, Massachusetts as the New England Glass Company in 1818, before relocating to Ohio in 1888 and renaming to Libbey Glass Co. After it was purchased in 1935, it operated as part of the Libbey-Owens-Ford company and as a division of the Owens-Illinois glass company until 1993, when it was separated back into an independent company.
Charles Eugene Webb is a former American football running back who played two seasons (1991–1992) for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Packers in the third round of the 1991 NFL Draft. He played college football for Tennessee, where he was All-SEC in 1989, and set the school's single-game rushing record of 294 yards in a game against Ole Miss on November 18, 1989.
National Lampoon 1964 High School Yearbook Parody is an American humor book that was first published in 1973. It was a spin-off from National Lampoon magazine. The book was a parody of a high school yearbook from the early 1960s. It was edited by P. J. O'Rourke and Doug Kenney and art-directed by David Kaestle. Much of the writing was by P. J. O'Rourke and Doug Kenney. The "literary magazine" was written by Sean Kelly; the sports page was by Christopher Cerf; and the Principal's Letter and the "In Memorium" piece were both written by Ed Subitzky.
Robert Edward "Bob" Momsen was an American football player. He was a first-team All-American at Ohio State in 1950.