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April 29, 2013

HIGGS: Past personal connections and two connected schools

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Niagara Gazette — The connection to the Cleveland Avenue School was a real physical one as the heating system at North Junior also provided the heat at this school situated on Cleveland Avenue near 11th Street. Underground pipes ran along the street between the two schools and kept the street free of the elements during the winter months.

The design of the two-story brick, 19-classroom school is identical to that of the Maple Avenue School which was built in 1922. Mr. Knowles, the principal during the period of occupancy at North Junior moved to South Junior and Louis R. Witt became principal at the new school. The school bell from the former building was included in the design at the request of neighborhood residents and former students. Cost of the replacement school was $470,905.98 including land, building and equipment. Two temporary classrooms were added in 1967 along with new stairwells in 1970.

Cleveland Avenue School was in use for 51 years and was closed in 1976. The last principal was Wilfred Young. After demolition, a community service facility was built at this location. I also attended this school when we lived on the west side of 18th Street. Stay tuned.

Norma Higgs serves with the Niagara Beautification Commission and Niagara Falls Block Club Council.

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