McCormick Middle School

McCormick Middle School
McCormick Middle School
McCormick Middle School - Wellington, Ohio
McCormick Middle School is located in Ohio
Location: Lorain County, Ohio
Nearest city: Wellington, Ohio, Oberlin, Ohio
Coordinates: 41°16′0″N 82°21′0″W / 41.266667°N 82.35°W / 41.266667; -82.35Coordinates: 41°16′0″N 82°21′0″W / 41.266667°N 82.35°W / 41.266667; -82.35
Established: 1867 (1916, 1938, 1953)
Original Wellington Union School
Old McCormick High School
Color McCormick with Observatory
Proposed 1938 Additions
Wellington High School - 1938 Addition
McCormick 1938 Addition and Auditorium
Wellington School - 1916
McCormick Design Work

McCormick Middle School is part of the Wellington Exempted Village School District (WEVSD) located in Wellington, Ohio (Lorain County, Ohio).



The original school was built in 1867 and is currently used for educational and cafeteria space (13,114 sq/ft). It is hidden from view by the 1916 addition (20,010 sq/ft), as seen in the picture to the right. A second addition was built in 1938 and consists of an auditorium (40,023 sq/ft). The final addition was completed in 1953 (27,568 sq/ft). Total space for the entire facility is 100,714 sq/ft.

Myron T. Herrick, 42nd Governor of Ohio (1904-1906) and twice United States Ambassador to France (1912-1914 & 1921-1929), attended high school at the Wellington Union School (1867 section).[1]

Wellington H.S. - 1922 Bausch & Lomb Telescope

Telescope and Observatory

1922 saw the addition of an astronomical observatory with a 4-inch Bausch & Lomb refracting telescope. These items were gifts from the Wellington Alumni Association in memory of Prof. R.H. Kinnison, a former Superintendent of Wellington Schools. His hobbies included astronomy and related sciences. The total cost was quoted at $2,250, which included the observatory tower, telescope/mount and various accessories. The agreed location for this memorial was on the roof of the 1916 addition.[2] The white dome is visible in the Color McCormick with Observatory picture on the right.

Wellington High School - PWA Plaque

1938 Classroom/Auditorium Addition

In 1938, 15 new classrooms and an auditorium/gymnasium were approved by the Board of Education. The proposed total cost was $194,402 with $85,612 (45%) coming from a Federal Public Works Administration (P.W.A.) grant listed under "P.W.A. - Docket-No. OH-1673 F" and the remaining amount collected from a bond issue, which voters passed during a special election on August 6, 1938. [3] The project formally started on July 22, 1938 and was completed September 5, 1939.

Wellington High School - Plaque


The additions were designed by Cleveland architect, Harry A. Fulton. [4] During his career, Fulton was known as the "dean of school architects". He designed many school buildings in Cleveland and northeast Ohio. [5] [6] Henretta, Avon, Brownhelm and Columbia Schools in Lorain County, all built between 1921 - 1922, were designed by the architectural firm of Fulton, Taylor and Cahill. [7]

Wellington Historic District

The Wellington Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) as an Historic District. It was added to the register in 1978 and consists of 200 buildings. 116 of these buildings are either listed individually or listed as a contributing building on the National Register. McCormick Middle School is not individually listed, but is inventoried as a contributing building.

Quotes from the NRHP Inventory/Nomination Form:

“From the public square to the southern edge of the district, South Main Street is a tree lined residential street that contains some of Lorain County’s finest historic houses.”

“Few communities have a resource of historic buildings, either in magnitude or quality, as Wellington possesses.”

“While historic buildings are found throughout the village, the great majority and the finest examples may be found along South Main Street and the center of town.”

Google Map of the Wellington Historic District.


  1. ^ History of the Western Reserve - Vol. III by Harriet Taylor Upton, pg 1340
  2. ^ Research for content collected from Herrick Memorial Library documentation archive.
  3. ^ Wellington Photo Archive - Herrick Library
  4. ^ Wellington Enterprise Microfiche Vol. #29 - Herrick Memorial Library Archives
  5. ^ Fulton - Cleveland Landmarks Commission
  6. ^ Fulton and Taylor - Cleveland Landmarks Commission
  7. ^ Fulton, Taylor and Cahill - Cleveland Landmarks Commission

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