Celebrate 100 years of learning at the 1919 Building on Saturday June 8

The District is teaming up with the Dublin Public Library, the Historic Dublin Business Association, and the City of Dublin, to present a full day of activities, beginning with the commemoration of the District’s oldest facility.

“The 1919 Building means a great to deal to many people in our community,” said Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley. “The facility has served our District well and continues to be used by Sells students every single day.”

The 1919 building opened for classes in September of 1919 as a result of the consolidation of several one room school houses in Washington Township, moving local public education forward into a different era. The building has been in continuous operation ever since, serving as a K-12 building, a high school, and a part of John Sells Middle School. The original dedication of the Washington Township Centralized Schools took place on Dec. 31, 1919. The school was re-dedicated after significant renovation work on Nov. 30, 1989. The flagship building of what would one day become Dublin City Schools, the 1919 building has housed generations of students and continues to be used for classrooms.

The District’s commemoration of the building will feature speakers from some of those who attended high school in the 1919 Building, as well as historic memorabilia spanning many generations. Our speaker lineup is below.

9 a.m.-New historic marker unveiling

Bill Grafflin Class of 1951-9:30 a.m.

Marian Hildreth Thomas Class of 1950-10:30 a.m.

New Dublin Library, Story time, 11 a.m.

Dick Termeer, Class of 1950 and current Sells students-11:30 a.m.

Tom Holton, President of the Dublin Historical Society-12:30 p.m.

After the morning events at the 1919, the Historic Dublin Business Association will be conducting its “Sweet Stroll” from 1:00-4:00pm.  This is a ticketed “presale” only event.
Attendees will stroll from location to location sampling sweet treats along the way.
Ten business and retail locations are participating in the event, with some offering specials related to the 1919 Building celebration.
Johnson’s Real Ice Cream will be offering a special 1919 sundae, Our CupCakery, will feature a dozen mini cupcakes for $19.19, Boho will have earrings 2 for $19.19, Terra Gallery will offer a special $19.19 paint class and Toy Emporium is offering 20% off dolls and the new gift store Extravagifts will offer discounts as well! 

“We are thrilled to support the celebration of local history during our Sweet Stroll,” said HDBA President Rick Gerber. “We are looking forward to a great day in Historic Dublin.”

A full lineup of downtown food options will be available at establishments such as Winan’s Chocolate, La Chatelaine, Dublin Village Tavern, J Liu’s, Harvest and more!

The Sweet Stroll will feature the Irish band “The Drowsy Lads” playing acoustic sets on the square in historic downtown. Limited Tickets for the Sweet Stroll will be available through Eventbrite and the HDBA FaceBook page beginning May 8th for $19.19 per person. All proceeds will be donated to the Dublin Women’s Philanthropic Club.

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