McCormick School may be designated national historic site

Huron's McCormick School may soon be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Karen Mork
Apr 13, 2011


Huron's McCormick School may soon be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Ohio Historic Site Preservation's advisory board on Friday recommended that the state's historic preservation officer nominate the school for a spot on the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places.

Located at 325 Ohio St., McCormick School -- formerly known as Huron School -- is a "striking Art Moderne building." Built in 1943, it was Ohio's first concrete school.

The Huron school district has continuously used it as a school building.

Art Moderne, a common architecture style in the late 1930s, was rarely used for public buildings, and rarer still for a public school.

McCormick School was designed by Harold Parker, a Sandusky architect who designed other notable buildings in the area, including the Register-Star News Building in 1920, the Commercial Banking and Trust Co. building in 1924, Strobel Athletic Field and Stadium in 1937 and Madison Elementary School in 1939.

If the National Park Service decides the school meets the criteria, it will be added to the National Register of Historic Places. The final decision comes about 90 days after the state formally submits the nomination.


maverick12's picture

What an honor! This school never sleeps!
In the summer it becomes a nationally recognized theatre known as the Huron Playhouse. This history began in 1949 and continues today.


Tear it down and rebuild.  It's very difficult to draw new residents to a town when you have old/outdated schools.  Renovations are a waste of time and resources.


I started in the Huron School system and graduated from Huron....I have spent a lot of time in that building and have always knew that it was a special place. and if you have never been in it or in the auditorium you are missing out  on a great experiance....There is a lot of history there and Huron can be very proud of this buildiing and all of the other buildings as well....

Fibber Mcgee

The way some teachers stick around, they should be on the National Register of Historic Artifacts.


Old architecture is a part of history. What would Europe be like if everyone wanted to tear down the castles and churche? The beauty of old structures wouldn't be cost effective to duplicate today. Fix the old building and get it on the registry and maybe they won't sell it for $5 someday.