History of Van Cleve School
Coming to Van Cleve from the Kyle years brought the
rivalry of the Troy-Piqua athletic contests with the famous
Troy-Piqua Thanksgiving Day Football Game.
The Lowell-Whttier Literary Societies conducted
their activities which culminated in an annual literary contest
that was also the high point of social activity.
Events were held each February.
The Four main events were oration, a long poem, a debate, and
Many pranks cropped up preceding the contests--The purple and gold
Lowells trying to outdo the blue and white Whittiers.
These pranks, and fights eventually got out of
hand and led to the disbanding of the two societies.
Even back in the 1900's high school pranks occurred.
The usual pranks of smearing Limburger Cheese on the radiators, of
placing skunks in lockers, and of stacking lockers came with each
passing group of students.
in good times of the school, there were still major events of
tragedy. Tragedies like World War I and World War II took
Troy's students away from their education and into the
In 1942 Troy City School gave the go ahead for the
high school to build a new industrial arts building. The Air Corps officials at Patterson Field
expressed an interest in the ability of the Troy Schools to train employees. The
addition was finished in 1949.
Historical Events During
1915- Bell Telephone made the first transcontinental
voice telephone call.
1916- Albert Einstein publishes the Theory of
1917- US enters World War I
1918- World War I ends
1929-1940- Great Depression
1928- Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin.
1930-Pluto is discovered.
1939-World War II begins in Europe
1941-Atack on Pearl Harbor
1941- US enters World War II
1950-1953- Korean War
1953- Watson and Crick identified the structure of DNA.
Events In Troy During
1922- ST&P Rail Road
closes and parts are sold as scrap.
May 17th Stouder Memorial Hospital, is constructed.
Troy Fishing Game Club is established for conversation
The upper part of the Miami County Courthouse is painted
Fulton moves to Troy and establishes Fulton Farms.