My 5th grade classroom in Worthington, Ohio

I took the photo in late 1937, when I was 13 and in 7th grade ,shortly before the building was demolished for a new school. Apparently, a spelling bee was underway and 5 pupils remained. Do schools still have these?

The door at the right led to a cloakroom. All our grade school rooms in Worthington had these. I believe they're been replaced by lockers in newer schools.. The painting (left) is Whistler's Mother.

I have good mrmories of 5th grade and teacher, Miss Norma Grener. She was new that year and an inspirational teacher.

  • John Stenberg 6y

    Looks like some of my classrooms.
  • TheeErin 6y

    What are those white scroll things in some of the ink wells? Maybe a returned test?
  • MemaNH ... retired and loving it!!! 6y

    This looks a lot like my fifth grade room in the early 50's. Our school was so small grades 3-5 were in that room.
  • Jim Gillum 6y

    I remember those old desks! Good one dok!!
  • Tennessee Wanderer 6y

    Awesome...just a very rare photo being that you took it so long ago and have such crisp clear memories that you are able to share.
  • a_kindredspirit 6y

    I attended grades 1-4 in the same school building where my father and his mother attended. Other than the desks, I see many similarities in this room and our classrooms during the early '50's.
    BTW, our school still has spelling bees.
  • mathteacher... 6y

    How wonderful that you remember fondly your teacher.....that is the highest compliment one can get as a teacher! As for spelling bees, they are still around somewhat but most kids depend on the spell check on their pc's. The national spelling bee is usually won by foreign kids who have been speaking English for a few months.....
  • Ted Sherarts 6y

    You were way ahead of most 10 year old photographers...flash, sharp detail.
  • glenda.suebee 6y

    another great vintage shot. yes, we still have the spelling bees, and it's still a pretty big deal.
  • marlcal 6y

    Even at such a young age you had great composition skills for your photos. This is marvelous, and amazing that you even thought to take it as a kid, since at this age we thought this sort of photo would be mundane. Now it is a treasure.
  • John Hartsock 6y

    I like the picture of Lincoln and Whistler's Mother on the wall. Don't see that anymore.
  • Phil Lewis 6y

    They still have Spelling Bees here in Missouri. In fact, they also have a Statewide Spelling Bee with the winner going to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Like some others, I too attended a school that had that style of desks. The building is still there, but I'm sure they have long since replaced the desks. Very nice photo!
  • Kingkongphoto & www.celebrity-photos.com 5y

    Great !
    one of best school scenes I have seen.
  • Just some dust 5y

    What a cool photo! I love this.

    And thank you so much for the Creative Commons license. I used this in a blog post I wrote about an adult spelling bee in Austin, Texas.
  • partlowparthowe 3y

    Miss Norma Grener is my great Aunt who is now 99! Thanks so much for sharing that wonderful memory.
  • Don O'Brien 3y

    Thank you all for the comments. partlowparthowe, I appreciate knowing Miss Grenner's still alive, Here's a photo of her in 1935
    Boys in my 5th grade class: 1935 by dok1


    Boys in my 5th grade class: 1935
  • pappyroehrer 5mo

    I became fascinated with photography at age 13. My parents had just bought the latest Land Camera (Polaroid 1958) and this was when you had to wipe your photos each one with that chemical sealer that came in the film box. They all faded away after about 10 years....once the fading started the picture disappeared in a matter of months. (no scanners back then). Lots of cool pics, to dust!
  • pappyroehrer 5mo

    The item that I noticed was the huge transom above the door; September and May classes could get stinky hot in those rooms with no AC. What would students today think?
  • pappyroehrer 5mo

    Another thing: the books in the desks. I don't remember hauling a 1/4 ton of books and homework back and forth in grade school, like kids must do today. I see kids today with bookbags so big they are on wheels like luggage. Insane.
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