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ABOVE: This image shows the top portion of a (1929) Darrtown HS diploma.

The high school was locally known as the "Darrtown High School," although its official name was the Milford Township HIgh School, as it was associated with the Butler County Public Schools (note the BCPS logo at the center of the diploma).

The Milford Township High School

Darrtown, Ohio

ABOVE: The high school building was located on school grounds that were bordered on the north by Oxford Street, on the west by West Street, on the south by Mulberry Street / Schollenbarger Road, and on the east by the alley that runs between Oxford Street and Schollenbarger Road. The school's main entrance was located on the north side of the building, facing Oxford Street.

School Colors and Mascot?

From the time that this website was established, the following question has been frequently raised regarding the Milford Township (aka Darrtown) high school: "What were the school colors and what was the school mascot?"


Based on two pieces of history (shown at the right), both of which surfaced in the summer of 2012, it appears that the MIlford Township school colors were blue and yellow.


We have one lead on the school's team nickname. See "Darrtown Braves?," below.

LEFT: This image of a Milford Township HIgh School blue and yellow varsity letter was taken from an actual varsity letter owned by Donald Falk.

LEFT: This image of a "Milford - Darrtown" diploma, which includes a blue and yellow ribbon, was contributed by Harry Fillager. See a larger version of this image at the Fillager family page.

Additional confirmation of school colors


In September 2013, Mrs. Madonna Burke donated a varsity letter that she found among items that belonged to her father, Alvin Alford - who was a member of the class that graduated from Darrtown High School in 1937.



The letter "M" refers to Milford Township High School, which was the official name of the high school that many called Darrtown High. Alvin Alford's varsity letter measures 8.5 inches by 8.5 inches.


The two images of varsity letters (Alvin Alford's at the right and Donald Falk's above) seem to confirm that the colors of Darrtown High School were blue and gold.

Possible mascot name?


Several people have asked, "What nickname or mascot was associated with the Milford Township High School?" We do not have any documented information to answer that question. However, on November 11, 2013, Bruce Guiler sent an email to the Darrtown webmaster regarding that question. In his email (seen at the right), Bruce shared a recollection from his father, Fred Guiler.

From: Bruce Guiler

Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2013

To: Fred Lindley

Subject: Darrtown School


Fred,

Dad had said that the nickname for Darrtown School was "Braves." He also told me the school colors were ________, but I cannot remember. Dad did not hesitate about the Braves. He did think about the colors for a minute, I think he said gray and something. He remembered the colors on a baseball cap. He transferred to Hanover for the senior year, and he wore that cap. He said someone threw his cap into the toilet. It had the "M" on it.

Bruce

Early photo of Darrtown High School

The image of the Darrtown school (below) was contributed by Eugene "Knute" Wagonfield, when he attended the April 18, 2009 "Darrtown Gathering" at the Hitching Post. This photo appeared on a 1-cent postcard (see "Schoolhouse Postcard" below).


It appears that this photo may have been taken when the school building was newly constructed. Note the bare earth in front of the school and the size of the tree in the right side of the photo. Also, compare the larger photo (below) with the smaller one that appears near the top of this page. The larger photo, below, shows only four windows along the left (east) side of the school, whereas the smaller photo, above, shows eight window along the east side of the school and a fire escape. This leads the assumption that the size of the Darrtown school was increased, sometime after it originally opened.

RIGHT: "Schoolhouse" Postcard

 

The image at the right shows the back of the postcard that displayed the Darrtown School image (seen above). The postcard is stamped with an Oxford, Ohio postmark and displays a 1 cent stamp. The postmark date cannot be determined. The postcard was addressed to "Mr. Guy Dynes - Collinsville, Ohio - R.F.D. #1 - c/o John Shaw." The card, which was unsigned, included a message that read  "I've got a crow to pick with you."

 

We trust that this was a good-natured prank!


LEFT:


Darrtown HIgh School


In the undated photo at the left, the Darrtown High School is seen from the area near the intersection of West Street and Oxford Street.


The front entrance to the school faced Oxford Street and was located in the recessed area of the building (left side of photo).

The following items relate to individual Milford Townshp High School senior classes.

The items are arranged in chronological order; oldest at the top.

1901

1901 Milford Township High School commencement program located

BACKGROUND: In the spring of 2014, Darrtown native, Ronald Wiley, found a 1901 Darrtown High School commencement program on E-bay. After purchasing the Darrtown artifact, Ron donated the following three images.

> NINE seniors were in the 1901 graduating class.

> All NINE students participated in the commencement exercise.

Coincidentally, the ceremony was identified as the NINTH annual commencement, from which it may be inferred that Milford Township students began receiving diplomas from the Milford Township High School as early as 1892.

>The NINE members of the Board of Education represent families known to have lived throughout the township.

(LEFT) The 1901 commencement program cover reads:


Ninth Annual Commencement


of the


Milford Township Schools


to be held at


The Lutheran Church, Darrtown


Tuesday evening, June the Eighteenth


Nineteen Hundred and One


Eight O'clock

(LEFT) The second page of the 1901 program reads:

MARY EDNA SCHWAB

JESSE K. MANROD 

GLADYS HARRIS 

CHARLES DALE DEAM

MARY E. COOMBS

FRANK M. HINKEL

FRED A. HINKEL

FRED P. BRINCEFIELD

CLASS MOTTO: "ONWARD AND UPWARD"

CLASS OF 01

OTTO MILLER

BOARD OF EDUCATION

H. D. KYGER, President

WILLIAM FISHER

CHARLES KREBS

SAMUEL ZIGLER

JOSEPH McVICKER

SAMUEL FRAZEE

R. M. L. HUSTON

JOHN WILLIAMSON

CHARLES YOUNG

CORNELIUS CONARROE, Clerk

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PROGRAMME

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MUSIC ......................................................................... OKEANA QUARTETTE

INVOCATION .................................................................. REV. O.P. HOFFMAN

RECITATION - "St. Peter at the Gate"........................MARY EDNA SCHWAB

ESSAY - "Common Things" ........................................... JESSE K. MANROD

SONG

RECITATION - "A Maiden's Dream" .................................. GLADYS HARRIS

ESSAY - "The Two Enterprising Frogs" ................. CHARLES DALE DEAM

MUSIC ......................................................................... OKEANA QUARTETTE

ESSAY - "Time" ........................................................................ OTTO MILLER

RECITATION - "Flash" ...................................................... MARY E. COOMBS

DUET .................................................. MESSRS CAMPBELL AND SIZELOVE

ESSAY - "Duty" ................................................................ FRANK M. HINKLE

RECITATION - "Pierre Barnard, the Dusky Soldier" ......... FRED A. HINKLE

ESSAY - "The Influence of Kind Words" ................. FRED P. BRINCEFIELD

ADDRESS .................................................... REV. C. E. SCHENK, HAMILTON

MUSIC ......................................................................... OKEANA QUARTETTE

(LEFT) The third page of the 1901 program reads:

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1928

RIGHT:


The 1928 Darrtown High School baseball team won the Butler County championship.

 

Members of the Championship team included (L-R):

 

Back row: Fred Finkbine (coach), Walter Alston, Clarence Wright, Cecil Pierson, and W.H. Ogden (principal).

 

Middle row: Eldon Betz, James Harris, Wilbur Smith, and Clifford Alexander.

 

Front row: Clifford Decker, Raymond Wiley, and Glen Elliot


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1930

LEFT:

 

Left to right (standing):

W. Hobart Ogden (principal), Clarence Gillespie, Wilbur Smith, Raymond Wiley, Howard Fox, and Cecil Pierson.

 

Left to right (seated): Katherine Grothaus, Jessie Lindley, Emma Cartwright, Edna Weibel, Marie Pierson, and Myrtle Tabor.


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1932

1928 Butler County baseball champs!

Darrtown High School Senior Class - 1930

Darrtown High School Senior Class - 1932

RIGHT:

 

Clockwise from top left:

 

Dorothy M. Havens; W. H. Ogden, Principal; Claribel G. Devine; Louise M. Guiler; Clifford A. Alexander; John E. Dome; Donald Fisher; Wilbur L. Pierson; Wayne C. Withrow; Rollin O. Ledwell; Mary E. Schlabach

 

Photo contributed by Bob and Frances Young - December 2014 (Bob's mother, Louise Guiler, was a member of the 1932 class)


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1933

LEFT (L-R):

 

Darrtown High School Class of 1933

 

Front row: Bernice Phares, Gustabel Bradbury, and Ruth Long.

 

Back row: Carl Geisler, Glen Ward, Robert Harris, Walter Null, Garland Wyckoff, Andy Popst, and Ralph Reynolds

 

Photo and names contributed by Andy Popst - June, 2009.


Darrtown High School Senior Class - 1933

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1934

RIGHT:

 

Andy Popst contributed the following image, which shows the members of the Darrtown High School Class of 1934.

 

(Left to right):

 

Top row: Woodrow Whitehill, James E. Guillaume, Harold Shaw, W. H. Ogden (principal), Adrian Geist, and Robert W. Fisher.

 

Second row from top: Mabel B. Carpenter, Dorothy Harris, Dorothy Lackey, Mary Beiser, Naomi E. Baecker, and Florence Gault.

Darrtown High School Senior Class - 1934


 Third row from top: Ruth Bowers, Raymond E. Schlabach, James Irwin, and Helen Bufler.

 

Fourth row from top: Ray Bannon, William Withrow, Harry A. Summers, and William Weber.


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1935

LEFT:

 

Class members (clockwise

from bottom center)

 

Minerva Curtis

 

Dwight Harris

 

Fred Grothaus

 

Frances Lang

 

Arthur Fulmer

 

John Smith

 

Verna McMillian

 

Albert Lindley

 

William Miller


Darrtown High School Senior Class - 1935

1935 Senior Class Honored By Junior Class

 

According to the information that appears at the right, on April 6, 1935, the Junior Class of Darrtown High School honored the Senior Class with a reception in Eaton, Ohio at the Seven Mile Tavern.

 

The dinner cost was 75 cents per plate and the Jewell Brothers five-piece orchestra received $8.00 for musical entertainment.

 

The handwritten notes indicate that the following persons attended:

 

William Miller, Edyth Taylor, Verna McMillian, Mr. Ogden, Martha Grothaus, Miss Clark, Fred Grothhaus, Frances Lang, Mildred Harris, Gladys Ledwell, Luella Bowers, Donald Irwin, Verna Pfaff, Dwight Harris, Hazel Pfaff, Miss Rubel, Mr. Burkhardt, Mrs. Burkhardt, Minerva Curtis, Mr. Hamilton, Helen Geisler, Freda Marshall, Charles Witherby, James Ramsey, Arthur Fulmer, Mr. Bulow, John Smith, Albert Lindley, and Dorothy Bowman.

1935 Senior Class Play

Click the following links to see four pages of the play program:

Program cover     Advertisers page 1     Advertisers page 2     Advertisers page 3

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1936

RIGHT:

 

Darrtown High School Class of 1936

 

Top Row: Mildred Harris, Vice President; James Ramsey, President; Gladys Ledwell, Sec.

 

Second/Bottom Row: Donald Irwin; Edythe Taylor; and Charles Witherby

 

Left Side: top, Martha Grothaus; bottom, Luella Bowers

 

Right Side: top, Hazel Pfaff; bottom, Verna Pfaff

 

Naomi (Witherby) Fea, daughter of Charles Witherby, contributed this image in early August 2009.


Darrtown High School Senior Class - 1936

50th Reunion of the Darrtown High School

Class of 1936

Among the artifacts contributed by Naomi (Witherby) Fea was a "Class of 1936 50th Reunion" folder created by Gladys (Ledwell) Spaulding. The contents included a printed program for planned festivities (which Gladys had prepared) and two pages of a "Class Will" that was written in 1936.

CANCELED!

From the handwritten note that appears on the program cover, it seems that Gladys presented the folder to Naomi's parents, Charles and Jean Witherby, after plans for the reunion failed to materialize. Even though the reunion was canceled, the printed materials provide a glimpse into the world of the 1936 DHS seniors.


Access images of the three items at the following links:

Program cover

Class Will - page 1

Class Will - page 2

CANCELED!

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1937

LEFT (L-R):

 

TOP ROW:  Harold Baeker, Leroy Brown, Pres., Edith Geisler, John Burkhart, Supt., Robert Moyer, Harold Witherby

SECOND ROW DOWN: Charles Uhl, Elsie Hunkler, David Hollowell, Alvin Alford

THIRD ROW FROM TOP: Mary Elizabeth Harris, Bernice Weiss - Treas., Martha Summers, Elmer Sheard

BOTTOM ROW: Warren Beiser, Jean Bradbury, Arnold Cornelius, Robert Betz, George Hansel - V.P., Goldie Bowman

Darrtown High School Senior Class - 1937

RIGHT:

1937 Senior Class


(L-R) 

FRONT ROW: Bernice Weiss, Edith Geisler, Jean Bradbury, Esther Ledwell, Mary Bannon, Martha Summers, Mary Harris, and Elsie Hunkler. 

MIDDLE ROW: Harold Baecker, Elmer Sheard , John Burkhardt (Superintendent), George Hansel, and Charles Uhl. 

BACK ROW: Robert Betz, David Hollowell, Leroy Brown, Arnold Cornelius, and Alvin Alford.

 

In September, 2013, Mrs. Madonna Burke donated the 1937 class photo above ... and the graduation program that appears right and below.


Mrs. Burke is the daughter of Alvin Alford, who is standing at the far right in the back row of the above photo.

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1938

Darrtown High School Senior Class - 1938

FOUR ON TOP ROW, LEFT TO RIGHT: John S. Burkhart, superintendent, Nancy K. Robinson, Melvin Leslie, and Edith Bryant.

 

THREE ON THE LEFT SIDE, TOP TO BOTTOM: Robert Earl Howard, Kathryn Dynes, and James Cornelius.

 

THREE ON THE RIGHT SIDE, TOP TO BOTTOM: Mary A. Fisher, Emily Bryant, and Leo E. McWhorter


FIVE ON BOTTOM ROW, LEFT TO RIGHT: Carlisle W. Wolfe, Fred Baecker, Loraine Gerber, James Arnold, and Wilbur Gibson.


The 1938 class was the last to graduate from Darrtown High School.

The school closed at the end of the 1937-38 school year.

This image was copied from a newspaper clipping that Harry and Sue Fillager contributed, April 21, 2012.

In September 2013, Don Beckett contributed the alumni program, that appears below and right.

 

Don's mother was Dorothy Lackey, whose name is handwritten on the cover of the program (seen below). Dorothy Lackey was a member of the 1934 Milford Township High School Senior Class (see image above).


From the dates that appear on the program cover, it seems logical to assume that the Darrtown High School alumni group existed from 1906 through the year of this event - 1937.


Evidence of a Darrtown High School Alumni group...

The following list is offered as a partial list of faculty members. The names have been compiled from documents discovered and/or received from various sources. More names will be added if and when they are discovered.


John Burkhardt

Margaret Clark

Estel Davis

Fred Finkbine

Paul Miller

W. Hobart Ogden

Herbert Pepper

Roberta Russell

Marie Schmidt

Jane Stewart

Herbert Todd

ABOVE: This is an undated photo of Darrtown High School teacher Mr. Paul Miller and students.

FRONT ROW: Beecher Clark, Bill Bowers, Bob Lemmons, unknown, unknown, ____ Geisler, and Leonard Reynolds.

MIDDLE ROW: First three unknown, Robert McMillian, Dorothy Glardon, Treva Cunningham, Betty Mae Alston, and Anna Schlabach.

BACK ROW: ____ Leeds, Gertrude Kettman, Paul Miller, teacher, Dorothy Alston, and unknown.

Paul Miller's career led him from being a teacher at Darrtown to being the Superintendent of Public Schools in Cincinnati. Other leadership positions included Okeana, Seven MIle, and Wintersville (all in Ohio); Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Canton, Ohio; Warren, Ohio; Syracuse, N.Y. and Omaha, Nebraska. Along the way, he earned a Ph.D. degree from Ohio State University and an LL.D. degree from Miami University of Ohio. He left the Cincinnati superintendency to work at U.S. Department of Education.  Read more about Dr. Paul MIller's career at:

1. Dr. Miller speaks at Boys Town.

2. Dr. Miller is quoted in the New York Times.

2. Paul Miller is remembered by Dale Bufler.

3. Paul Miller is remembered by Jim Blount (when this link opens, scroll to item #816)

To see two diplomas granted by the Darrtown-Milford Township High School, visit the Fillager family page.

1920 and 1929 Darrtown High School diplomas

Darrtown High School library book discovered

In October 2019, William "Bill" Weiss contributed three images of a book that he found among items that belonged to his father, Paul William Weiss (1911-1982).

 

The book is an 1893 copy of The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne. A notation on the inside cover indicates that Joseph C. Thoms gave the book to the Darrtown High School Library.

 

We do not know if or how Mr. Thoms was affiliated with Darrtown or the high school.