Goodbye, Owls Head Central School

By Stephen Betts | Jul 10, 2018
Photo by: Stephen Betts Owls Head Central School was being demolished Tuesday, July 10.

Owls Head Central School is no more.

People stopped by to watch Tuesday, July 10, as a George Hall & Sons excavator was tearing down the 66-year-old building.

The gymnasium portion of the school was the first to be leveled Tuesday morning. The demolition and cleanup is expected to be completed in two to three days.

In September, students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade will be attending the under-construction Ash Point Community School.

Owls Head, which was incorporated as a town in 1921, had five dilapidated one-room schoolhouses for the next few decades. 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 -- Owls Head Central -- opened in 1952 with six classrooms.

In 1954, two more classrooms were added.

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

The Gilford Butler School in South Thomaston will be offered to the town, as that school is also closing. Gilford Butler was built in 1955.

South Thomaston Selectman Walter Reitz said a citizen committee will be created July 19 with the mission of coming up with recommendations on what to do with the building.

Owls Head Central School Demolition
Comments (2)
Posted by: Christine H Curtis | Jul 11, 2018 12:54


The lumber looks brand new as well !


Posted by: Doug Curtis Jr. | Jul 11, 2018 12:01

For those of us who went here it's kind of a sad day for us. It got even sadder for me today when I saw the demolition debris going in the Rockland dump this morning for two reasons. It just seemed to me it deserved something better and I couldn't help think about the huge fee increases the council just inacted. Is it any wonder why taxpayers in Rockland are fed up.

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