History of Sandusky City Schools

The Follett House Museum, an architectural setting for historical exhibits of Sandusky, Erie County, and Johnson’s Island, is a branch of the Sandusky Library. This beautiful Greek revival limestone house, built between 1834 and 1837, is one of over 140 structures in Sandusky now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1974, the Sandusky Board of Education leased the building, which accommodates the Follett House Museum, to the Sandusky Library. In 1981, Follett House Museum became the property of the Sandusky Library. The building previously housed the administrative office of Sandusky Schools and the Sandusky School of Practical Nursing.

Follett House Museum
404 Wayne Street

Sandusky, OH, 44870

Telephone:  419-625-3834      


Adams Junior High School was constructed in 1867 and is the second oldest school building still in active use in Ohio. This structure was renovated in 1914 and 1977. 91,935 square feet. Adams housed seventh and eighth grade populations for the district until June 2012 when the middle school was moved to a section of Sandusky High School.  The building was in continual use by Sandusky City Schools for 145 years. 

Adams Junior High School
318 Columbus Avenue
Sandusky, Ohio 44870-2616

Barker Elementary School,the second oldest school building in the district, was constructed in 1874 and had 17,132 square feet. This building was in active use until June 2006 when the staff and student body of Barker Alternative School were relocated to Sandusky High School.  The building has been sold.

Barker Elementary School
1925 Barker Street
Sandusky, Ohio 44870
Sycamore Elementary School was built in 1876. In 1976, the school celebrated its 100th birthday under the leadership of Desmond Fernandez, a former student, teacher and principal of Sycamore elementary School. In 1984, Sycamore School was sold to Waldock Investment Company and made into an attractive apartment building.

Sycamore Elementary School

912 Sycamore Line

Sandusky, OH 44870

Campbell Elementary School was originally designed with a clock tower. This tower was destroyed by a tornado in the 1920’s. The original construction was in 1884 with additions made in 1976 and 1991, and is a 28,860 square foot structure.  This building has been closed and sold.

Campbell Elementary School
1215 Campbell Street
Sandusky, Ohio 44870
Osborne Elementary School was constructed in 1890 and currently serves students in grades Kindergarten through six. A multi-purpose addition was built in 1991. The structure is 43,842 square feet.  Firelands College began at Osborne under the leadership of Karl Whinnery in the 1950’s.

Osborne Elementary School
920 W. Osborne Street
Sandusky, Ohio 44870-3228

Telephone: 419-984-1270
Monroe Elementary School was constructed in 1894 at a cost of $23,000 and originally called the Ninth Ward School. Additions were made in 1903 and 1991. The structure is 32,638 square feet in size. The building served students in Kindergarten through sixth grades until June of 2006 when the building was retired, and eventually sold.

Monroe Elementary School
328 E. Monroe Street
Sandusky, Ohio 44870
Jackson Junior High School’s current physical structure is the result of the linking of three different buildings: the Old Lutheran building, the Caswell building, and the main building (including the original Convention Center). The original structure was built in 1898 with building modifications in 1920, 1927, and 1937. The structure is 86,994 square feet in size which includes a large gymnasium and swimming pool. Jackson housed the eighth graders until 2009.  The building served as Jackson Learning Center for district preschool classes until 2012 when preschool classes were moved to elementary buildings.  The building continues to provide gymnasium and pool facilities to 7th and 8th grade students.

Jackson Junior High
318 W. Madison Street
Sandusky, Ohio 44870-2740

Hancock Elementary School was originally built with only 4 classrooms and an office. Now it is the largest elementary building (square footage) within the district and serves students in grades Kindergarten through six. The original construction was in 1923 with additions in 1928, 1931, 1948, and 1966. The structure is 47,223 square feet in size.

Hancock Elementary School
2314 Hancock Street
Sandusky, Ohio 448704994

Telephone: 419-984-1210
The Sandusky City Schools Administration Building was for many years the Executive Offices of the Hinde and Dauch paper Company. It was donated to the Sandusky Board of Education by the Westvaco Corporation on January 26, 1968. Currently the building houses offices of the Superintendent, Curriculum, Treasurer, Student Services, and Information Technology. In addition, the third floor serves adult education students enrolled in the Sandusky Career Center.

Sandusky City Schools Administration Building
407 Decatur Street
Sandusky, OH  44870-2442
Telephone: 419-626-6940
Madison Elementary School served students in grades Kindergarten through six until 2009.  The “original” 1872 Madison School was located on the corner of the present lot, now the grassy area in front. The current school was built around the original school, with students helping with the move. The original construction date was 1939 and a multi-purpose addition was constructed in 1991. The building is 29,937 square feet.
The building has been sold.

Madison Elementary School
910 W. Madison Street
Sandusky, Ohio 44870
The Transportation Department was originally located at 1420 Tiffin Avenue and has since been relocated to 1304 Filmore Street. It is responsible for the safe and efficient transportation of more than 2,600 youngsters and the maintenance of our bus and vehicle fleet.  Each day our routes travel a distance equivalent to a trip from Sandusky to Miami, Florida. Our busses cross 93 railroad crossings a day in our city alone.

Transportation Department
1304 Filmore Street
Sandusky, Ohio 44870-4666

Telephone: 419-984-1330
Ontario Elementary School opened in mid-1952 and the entire population of Sycamore School moved to Ontario on one cold wintry day. An addition was made in 1968. the structure is 42,347 square feet in size and currently serves students in grades Kindergarten through six.

Ontario Elementary School
924 Ontario Street
Sandusky, Ohio 44870-4049

Telephone: 419-984-1250
Mills Elementary School houses students in Kindergarten through grade six. It was constructed in 1954 and has 38,605 square feet. An addition was built in 1991, adding more classrooms and a computer lab.

Mills Elementary School

1918 Mills Street
Sandusky, OH 44870-4560           

Telephone:  419-984-1230

Sandusky High School is the largest high school in the State of Ohio under one continuous roof.  In 1855 SHS graduated 4 students, its 1st graduation class from what is now Adams Junior High. The current structure was built in 1957 with additions in 1967, 1970, and 1973. The structure is 315,445 square feet.

Sandusky High School
2130 Hayes Avenue
Sandusky, Ohio 44870-4740

Telephone: 419-984-1068
The Cultural Center at the rear of Sandusky High School is a gallery that brings to the community each year a series of theme-oriented art exhibits featuring the work of professional artists and craft persons of regional and national reputation.

Sandusky Cultural Center

2130 Hayes Ave.
Sandusky, OH 44870-4740
Telephone:  419-625-1188

Venice Heights Elementary was constructed in 1970 and is 43,740 square feet. It houses students in grades Kindergarten through six. The high school soccer field is adjacent to the school building.

Venice Heights Elementary School
4501 Venice Heights Blvd.
Sandusky, OH 44870-1630

Telephone: 419-984-1290

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