Graduates and friends of the former Woodlawn High School have dedicated a historical marker near the school on Milestrip Road.
A fundraising campaign was initiated to pay for the marker, which is on property now owned by the Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Company, near its baseball diamond.
“Woodlawn became part of Frontier Central in June of 1951,” said Stan Figiel, a former Frontier School Board member who graduated from the old Woodlawn High School in 1954. “The last high school graduation was in 1955.”
The school was built in 1935 at a cost of $154,000, Figiel said. The federal Public Works Administration provided a $68,000 grant, and constructed the junior/senior high school. The marker notes that the new school provided a secondary school to the community, in addition to its elementary school on Lake Shore Road. Before that, students went to high school in Lackawanna, Blasdell or Hamburg, he said.
“It was a great environment because everybody knew each other,” he said.
Graduates of the Woodlawn school have an annual reunion at Chestnut Ridge Park.
“I stood up last year and said ‘Why don’t we have a historical marker like they do in Blasdell?’” Figiel recalled. ‘”They said, ‘Great, you form a committee.’”
So he did. He sent out requests for donations to 80 former graduates, and received donations totaling $2,700 from 40 graduates, he said. The marker cost $2,215, and the rest was used for the landscaping around it.