A few weeks ago someone posted pictures of this beautiful building near Paris. I knew I had to get up there soon to see it as the roof was clearly failing or had failed in the photos. Luckily, on my way back from a dead mall trip to Cincinnati and Columbus earlier this week I was able to locate the Center Hill Consolidated School located on Russell Cave Road in rural Bourbon County.
Until 1948 the school served students from this part of Bourbon County in grades 1-12. In the fall of 1948 Bourbon County consolidated students in grades 9-12 from Center Hill, Little Rock, Clintonville and Millersburg to form Bourbon County Vocational High School. That building is still in use today as Bourbon County Middle School.
The school was expanded in 1958 to include a new cafeteria and other new spaces.
According to records kept the National Center for Educational Statistics in 1967-68 Center Hill School had 246 students and 11 teachers in grades K-6.
I cant find a definite closing date for Center Hill. I have narrowed it down quite a bit though. The school apparently closed sometime early 90s. Someone shared these pictures taken at an auction that was held for the building and its contents after closure.
I base my calculation of early 90s on the shiny Chevy Corsica in this picture.
Sometime in 2016 the school suffered roof failure and has fallen into a sad state of disrepair.
Upon researching for information about this school I stumbled upon a Facebook group dedicated to this school, including comments from the current owner. I really feel sorry for the current owner as it seems they really wanted to save this building. Its stunning and when you drive through that stretch of road, as an outsider, you can envision how beautiful this school was when it was in its prime.
I’ve said it so many times in this blog before, but it bares repeating…..They just don’t build them like they use to.