During its regular meeting on May 20, the Dublin City Schools Board of Education unanimously selected Abraham Depp Elementary as the name of Elementary 14 in Jerome Village.
Abraham Depp was born a slave in 1791 in Virginia, before he was freed in 1831, when he moved to Columbus. He set up a blacksmith trade in the area and later purchased 300 acres that he turned into his homestead.
Depp ran a stop on the Underground Railroad from his home on Harriott Road, where he helped escaped slaves make their way to Canada. Escaped slaves traveling along the Scioto River north from Columbus were allowed to stay in the cellar of the homestead after hearing the all-clear bell, which is still located on the property today. The Abraham Depp Freedom Station is located near Jerome Village and was named after Depp.
“We are thrilled to be able to recognize the accomplishments of Abraham Depp and recognize this important time in local and national history,” Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley said. “The Depp name has such a rich history in the area.”
The board voted 4-0 to approve the new name in front of relatives of Depp and members of the Lucy Depp Civic Association. Lucy Depp is Abraham’s daughter who inherited the land after Abraham passed away. A committee consisting of 16 representatives from the City of Dublin, Chamber of Commerce, Historical Society, Business Advisory Council, Alumni Association, teachers, administrators and parents presented three names to the Board for their consideration at the May 20 meeting.
Abraham Depp Elementary in Jerome Village joins Hopewell Elementary on Bright Road as the two newest elementary schools in the District, both set to open for the 2020-2021 school year. This fall, the District will convene another naming committee tasked with making recommendations to the Board regarding the name of Middle School 5 in Jerome Village.
“We feel that each name we have assigned has a direct tie to the area and a link that students, staff and residents alike can associate with,” Hoadley said. “We look forward to continuing that tradition as the District grows.”