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Walnut Ridge School - Ellwood City PA

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The 19-room Walnut Ridge School, designed by local architect B. J. McCandless and costing $390,000, opened for primary-aged students on Monday, October 18, 1954. The building, which officially became known as the Walnut Ridge Elementary School in the mid-1960’s, served the local community until it was closed in July 2011 due to budget cuts. Its 138 pupils began attending the other three remaining elementary-level schools of North Side, Perry, and Hartman. (2012)


The school was tentatively sold for $100,000 in April 2012 to a group planning to convert the building into a YMCA. Those plans fell through and the building was sold for $80,000 to local man Anthony “Tony” Joseph in early December 2012. Joseph had plans to covert the building into some sort of commercial fitness space, while preserving the softball field. a full-service gym, known as “It’s Time Fitness,” opened in the spring of 2015. (Dec 2011) Full Size


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Comment

  1. Can still see the chalk stains on the bricks in the next to last picture. If we were lucky, the teacher would pick us to clean the erasers against the wall out back.

    VellaRuth Alberth · 01/11/2013 05:54 PM · #

  2. My father Emery G. Thurston designed this school that I also attended. There was a plack near front entrance with his name on it. Any possible way I could get that plack?

    David Kirk Thurston · 09/04/2016 04:48 PM · #