Students return to Owls Head school for one last goodbye

By Stephen Betts | May 07, 2018
Photo by: Stephen Betts The Owls Head Central School graduating class of 1962 gathered for one last time at the school before it is demolished this summer. The students were the only class to go a full nine years at the school.

Owls Head — The Owls Head Central School will be history this summer as it is replaced by the under-construction Ash Point Community School.

And students who were in the only class that went a full nine years at the Owls Head school gathered Sunday, May 6, for a final reunion at the school.

"Because the school is going to be torn down, we wanted to get together and say goodbye," said Jill Farrell Delaney, a member of the graduating class of 1962.

Students, spouses and the mother of one of the students were at the gathering.

"The new school looks nice, but this one is so charming," Delaney said.

One former student who was unable to attend but who sent in a letter was Dave Chase, who now lives in North Waterboro.

"My years at Owls Head and the school were great. I tell people my growing up in Owls Head was like living in a Norman Rockwell painting in a Charlie Brown world," Chase stated in his letter.

Tom and Linda Christie compiled a history of the Owls Head school. The town, which was created in 1921, had five dilapidated one-room schoolhouses. Most of the schools were in need of repairs and had woodstoves which offered no protection to prevent students from being burned.

Pleas by superintendents for money for new schools were ignored by residents until 1951, when citizens agreed to purchase various parcels that created the land and supported construction of a new school. The school opened in 1952 with six classrooms.

In 1954, two additional classrooms were added.

Owls Head became part of School Administrative District 5 in 1955, along with Rockland and South Thomaston.

The 1962 class was the only one to go through the school for an entire nine years -- subprimary through eighth grade. After 1962, sixth- and seventh-grade students attended Rockland Junior High School, which is now the Lincoln Street Center in Rockland. Later, the youngest students went to the Gilford Butler School in South Thomaston, which was built in 1955.

The Gilford Butler School is expected to be turned over to the town after the end of this school year. Those students will also attend the Ash Point school.

The history of the school includes the story of longtime employees Eleanor "Sybil" Anderson and Eino Anderson. The couple owned a farm across the street from the school starting in the 1930s. She worked as a cook at the school and he as its custodian.

The couple left their 35-acre farm and 1790 farmhouse for the creation of a scholarship fund for Owls Head students, a scholarship program that continues today.

The Owls Head school will be replaced by the Ash Point school. The Ash Point school will have two stories, with a first-floor footprint of 28,000 square feet. There will be classrooms on both floors.

The general contractor for the Owls Head school is Blaine Casey of Augusta, which was the low bidder at $7,678,275. The new school was designed by architect Jason Merriam.

Comments (4)
Posted by: Valerie Wass | May 09, 2018 09:07

Best time of my life was going to Owls Head Central School!!!!!  It will be torn down, but our memories will carry on.

Posted by: Doug Curtis Jr. | May 07, 2018 09:50

The first name is Miss Carr.

Posted by: Doug Curtis Jr. | May 07, 2018 09:49

I will miss this school. I would love to ring the bell one last time. That was one of my jobs in 6th grade. I hope it still works. Thank you to Miss

. Carrie, Mrs Thurston, Mrs Bartlett, Mrs Howard, Mrs Dorman and Mr Merriam for shaping my life and to my classmates to whom I am still close today.

Posted by: Beverly St. Clair | May 07, 2018 06:12

It would be great to have a open house for tha rest of the public before the school is torn down. I for one would like to walk through it again.

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