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OBSPS Receives Grant for New Roadside Marker
The Olive Branch School Preservation Society has been awarded a grant from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation for a roadside marker commemorating Olive Branch High School’s inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places...
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OBSPS Introduces Web Site and Plans Open House
Press release announcing the official launch of the OBSPS web site including details about the Open House event planned for Nov. 4th, 2012
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OBSPS National Register Ceremony
Press release announcing the Dedication Ceremony for Olive Branch School's inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.
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TLS Receives Congratulations From Historical Society
Tecumseh Local Schools announces that it has received a letter of congratulations from the Ohio Historical Society regarding the listing of the Olive Branch High School on the National Register of Historic Places.


Olive Branch in the News

Opposition to New School Building
"...talk of getting out an injunction against the Bethel Township School
Board to prevent the erection of the new $16,000 High School
building at Olive Branch..."
The Springfield Gazette - March 18, 1907
School Board Can't Build Now
"...Injunction against erecting new building issued by Judge Kunkle..."

The Springfield Gazette - March 22, 1907
Restraining Order Issued
"...Bethel Township School Board is Enjoined from Erecting New

The Springfield Daily News - March 22, 1907
To Issue Bonds for Building
"...Bethel Township School Board Finds Way Out of Their Dilemma..."

The Springfield Daily News - March 26, 1907
School Fight in Bethel Goes Merrily On
"...fight to prevent the erection of a new high school building in Bethel Township may result in a split and the forming of two special school districts..."
The Springfield Gazette - April 6, 1907
Bethel Township Schoolhouse Case Again
"...Motion to Dissolve Injunction Was Argued - Claim Board Has Plenty of Cash to Erect Building..."

The Springfield Gazette - May 31, 1907
School Building Razed to Ground
"...Board of Education and Farmers work Like Beavers to Carry Out

The Springfield Daily News - July 8, 1907
Farmers Demand New School Building
Photo and Caption - "...farmers of Bethel Township at work tearing down the Olive Branch High School building..."

The Springfield Daily News - July 11, 1907
Pres. Fess Gives Bethel Township

"...commencement week exercises of the Bethel Township high school were begun yesterday..."
The Springfield Gazette - May 11, 1908
Patrons Dedicate New High School
"...Residents of Bethel Township Hold Mass Meeting at New Building at

The Springfield Daily News - May 15, 1908
School Pupils Given Diplomas
"...Olive Branch Graduates One of Largest classes in History of High

The Springfield Daily News - May 16, 1908
Olive Branch High School is Destroyed
"...Teachers and 110 Pupils Escape Safely From the Burning

The Springfield Daily News - Nov. 11, 1913
First Commencement in New O.B. School
"...Commencement festivities at Olive Branch High School open next Sunday afternoon with the baccalaurrate address..."

New Carlisle Sun - May 20, 1915
C.I. Williams Rites Thursday
"...One of City's Most Successful Architects (Olive Branch School) Dies of Paralysis.."

Dayton Daily News - February 14, 1923
OB Team is Contender for County Cage Title
Photos and Caption - "...1925 Olive Branch High School Basketball

The Springfield Daily News - 1925
Olive Branch Pupils Use New Kiln
Photo and Caption - "...Olive Branch elementary pupils are busy molding their clay into the trinkets and pottery..."

Publication Unknown - NA
Rural High School a County First
"...Clark County can claim several 'firsts' and one of them is the first rural high school in Ohio..."

Publication Unknown - NA
Remember This Olive Branch Class
"...Students in the second grade at Olive Branch School are shown in this photograph dating back to 1916..."

Publication Unknown - Sept., 1957
Olive Branch 1927 Class Stages 50th Reunion
"...The Olive Branch High School graduating class of 1927 drew 100 per cent of the living members to its 50th reunion..."

New Carlisle Sun - June 1, 1977
Four Members of Olive Branch
"...This Olive Branch High School class of 1911 'really' goes back to the 'horse and buggy days'..."

New Carlisle Sun - May 20, 1981
Round Building Discussion
"...The newly formed Olive Branch School Preservation Society met with the Tecumseh School Board..."

New Carlisle Sun - Oct. 3, 2007
Olive Branch Preservation Committee
"...The last 'old' building left in the district is Olive Branch School..."

Tecumseh Connecting Link Newsletter - Nov. 2007 - Issue 52
Olive Branch School Preservation Society
"...The Olive Branch School Preservation Society (OBSPS) is a group of local community members formed with the approval of the Tecumseh Local Board of Education..."
Tecumseh Connecting Link Newsletter - March 2008 - Issue 53
My 'Little O.B.' - by V.P. Cyndie Gerken
"...I attended first through third grades at the Olive
Branch School building located at 9710 W. National Road, 10 miles
west of Springfield..."
Ohio National Road Association Newsletter - Spring 2008
Olive Branch School Preservation Society
"...The Olive Branch School Preservation Society (OBSPS) continues to work to preserve the old Olive Branch School..."

Tecumseh Connecting Link Newsletter - March 2009 - Issue 57
Olive Branch School Preservation Society
"...Final revisions to the Olive Branch School (1908 'round' building) National Register nomination have been approved by the Ohio Historical Preservation Advisory Board..."
Tecumseh Connecting Link Newsletter - Aug. 2009 - Issue 58
Olive Branch High School Listed on National

"...On July 23, 2009, Clark County's Olive Branch High School, located at 9710 W. National Road, was listed on the National Register..."
Ohio National Road Association Newsletter - Fall 2009
Branch of the Past, Branch For the Future
"...Rededication of Old Olive Branch High School Slated for Jan. 17..."

New Carlisle News - Jan. 13, 2010
Circular School Officially Historic
"...National Register of Historic Places adds Tecumseh's unique Olive Branch school..."

Springfield News-Sun - Jan. 18, 2010
Olive Branch Holds Rededication Ceremony
"...Clark County residents added to the list on Jan. 17 with the rededication of Olive Branch School..."

New Carlisle News - Jan. 20, 2010
Olive Branch's Rotunda Restoration
"...Since September 2009, a small group of trustees has been working diligently on the restoration of the old Olive Branch High School..."

New Carlisle News - Oct. 19, 2011
Olive Branch School Preservation Society
"...The Olive Branch School Preservation Society (OBSPS) continues its work to preserve and restore the 1908 Olive Branch ' little round school' building..."
Tecumseh Connecting Link Newsletter - Oct. 2011 - Issue 66
Olive Branch School Preservation Update
"...The OBSPS debuted its beautiful new information brochure which details their mission and history..."

New Carlisle News - Feb. 1, 2012
OBSPS Introduces Web Site and Plans for
Open House on Nov. 4th

"...the Olive Branch School Preservation Society (OBSPS) recently announced the launch of their organization's web site..."
New Carlisle News - Oct. 24, 2012
Supporters Seek to Save Historic School
"...Phase I fundraising seeks $50,000 for Olive Branch building that is on national list..."

Springfield News-Sun - Oct. 28, 2012
OBSPS Plans Open House
"...The Olive Branch School Preservation Society extends an invitation to all New Carlisle Residents to attend an Open House..."

New Carlisle News - Oct. 31, 2012
Olive Branch School Open House a Success
"...The OBSP Society hosted an open house of the Olive Branch "Little Round School Building" on Sunday, November 4 to launch Phase One-$50,000 fundraising..."
New Carlisle News - Nov. 14, 2012
Walk Across America
"...Collegeville, PA resident Dave Brown was recently in Ohio on a journey which he calls a “Walk Across America to Benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund..." (pictured with Cyndie Gerken at the Olive Branch School)
New Carlisle News - May 1, 2013
Olive Branch H.S. Added To List of Ohio’s Most Endangered Historic Sites
"...Preservation Ohio, Ohio’s oldest statewide preservation organization, announces the 2014 Ohio’s Most Endangered Historic Sites..."
New Carlisle News - July 23, 2014
Historic New Carlisle School in Jeopardy
"...A historic Miami Valley high school building was named to Preservation Ohio’s 2015 list of most endangered historic sites..."

WDTN - Dayton 2 - May 21, 2015
Olive Branch School Again on Most Endangered List
"...The Olive Branch School has once again been listed as one of Ohio’s most endangered historic sites..."

Springfield News-Sun - June 1, 2015
Historic Olive Branch School to Get New Roof
"...The historic Olive Branch School on West National Road will get a new roof by next fall..."

Dayton Daily News - August 17, 2015
Preservation group working to restore historic Clark County school
"...the Olive Branch School Preservation Society will unveil a sign that speaks to the historic importance of the “Little Round Building”...."
Springfield News-Sun - October 13, 2019
Little Round School retains early charm
"...I’m amazed at how many people have worked together to save this unique structure even from the beginning..."

Springfield News-Sun - October 16, 2019
Sign Unveiling
"...An Open House and National Register sign unveiling was held at Olive Branch High School on Saturday, Oct. 19..."

Springfield News-Sun - October 22, 2019
Where Women Made History
Chosen article for a Women's History Month project by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Entries honored 1000 women and a place with which they were associated.

National Trust for Historic Preservation - March 2020
New Carlisle Rotary Club Meeting
Cyndie Gerken and Scott Suther, members of the Olive Branch Preservation Society, share information regarding their efforts
to restore the "Little Round Building".

Facebook Post (NC Rotary Club) - March 2022

Progress Report
We are currently working on a complete restoration of one of the classrooms, and have begun work on the building's front entry doors and windows. Check out photos and videos of our progress so far.

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OBSPS has now partnered with the Springfield Foundation to create the Olive Branch School Preservation Horizon Fund. To discuss a memorial, honorary or future legacy donation to this Fund, contact the Springfield Foundation at (937) 324-8773
Use our one-step EasyDonate link nowand help us restore The Olive Branch School. Or go to the Donations Page for Membership, Memorial and Legacy Donation options.

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