The Superior Schoolhouse opened its doors
to many school children during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries,
and during that time underwent many changes. In 1859, the Township Board
of Education of East Cleveland purchased the land and we assume that soon
thereafter, East Cleveland District 9 School, a one-story brick schoolhouse,
was constructed. In about 1882, the brick building was either demolished
and rebuilt or, more likely, faced with the sandstone from a nearby quarry.
In 1893, a second wood-framed story was added to "Old District No.
9” to accommodate a growing population.
By 1924, the two-room schoolhouse had become too small for the burgeoning
community of Cleveland Heights. Classroom uses were moved to “more
modern educational” facilities, and the Board of Education used
the building for its headquarters until 1928. The building stood largely
vacant until 1947, when it was reopened for the education of special needs
children. In 1958, the City of Cleveland Heights acquired the schoolhouse
from the School Board.
Superior School Kids, date unknown.
The combination of a sandstone first story
with a clapboard second story creates a one-of-a-kind building. Notable
are the unique stone coursing, combination of six-over-six and one-over-one
sash windows, slate roof, bell tower and slate chalkboards and woodwork
inside the building.
The school was listed as the first Cleveland Heights Landmark in 1974
and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. In 1997,
Cleveland Heights voters passed the Recreation Bond Issue that provided
funds to historically rehabilitate the building. During this process,
great care was taken to preserve much of the building’s historic
integrity, including restoration of original cabinetry, woodwork, paint
colors, wood siding and windows, and the reinstallation of a slate roof.
Today the Superior Schoolhouse the “Cleveland Heights Historical
Center,” which is home to an archival collection and museum committed
to the presentation and preservation of Cleveland Heights’ history
and architecture. The Historical Center is an education resource to deepen
our citizens’ commitment to preserving a rich cultural legacy for