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Mathews High School

For a history of the school before it was changed to Mathews High School, visit the Vienna Centralized School entry.

After the consolidation of Fowler and Vienna schools in 1961, the name of the high school, Vienna Centralized School (also known as Vienna High School) had to be changed.  The school board surveyed both townships for a new name and a few weeks later a decision was made.  The original building would be renamed Mathews High School, in memory of Ithel F. Mathews, a revered former teacher and beloved friend of many in the community.  The Fowler school building was renamed the Neal Building after Frank Neal, a former Fowler superintendent.

This building served as the high school in the Fowler-Vienna Local School District, and now serves as the high school for the Mathews Local School District.

Sometime in the 1960s, additional classrooms were added near the entrance of the gymnasium, east of the main building.

Additional classrooms were added to the east side of the building in the 1960s.
Image source: The Memory 1965

Aerial view of Mathews High School in 1969.
Image source: Memory 1969

Mathews High School in 2020

Mathews High School in 2020

As of 2020, Mathews High School have 26 classrooms, a dedicated music room, a library, a gymnasium with a stage, and a cafeteria.

The gymnasium is referred to as the Vienna Memorial Auditorium.  On January 17, 2014, the floor of the auditorium was renamed "Rex Leach Court" to honor Rex Leach, the all-star player for the Vienna Flyers.


Behind the high school, there is a softball field where the Mathews High School girls softball team plays and practices.

Key Club's Idea: Identify the School and Unite the Communities

Ever since the building of the high school in 1915, the engraving in the masonry atop the front of the building has read "Vienna Centralized School."  For this reason, the 1991-1992 Mathews High School Key Club, under the direction of advisor Robin Clower, chose to erect a sign displaying the current name of the high school as their service project.

The Key Club members gathered estimates for the sign.  The Crown Sign Company of Vienna quoted $1565 for materials.  Labor would be paid for by a donation by the G. W. Clower Company.  The sign was planned to be a 30" x 72" limestone face to match the existing limestone on the building, two 4' 6" brick pillars as legs, and a cement pad.  To complete the sign, a limestone cap would be placed atop each pillar.  The sign would read "Mathews High School - Home of the Mustangs" with the picture of the school mascot.  One-third of the total cost was required as a down payment before construction of the sign could begin.

Members of the Key Club were given pamphlets that described the project, costs, and goals.  All members, in pairs, were assigned to area businesses to ask for contributions and make the community aware of the project.  Private donations were also accepted and encouraged at Kiwanis functions such as annual dinners and shows.  By May of 1992 the club had received more than enough money necessary to pay for the sign's down payment.  By late August of 1992, after many months of hard work and determination, the sign was finished.

Front of the sign erected by the Mathews High School Key Club

Back of the sign erected by the Mathews High School Key Club

Sign contributions over $100
Cortland Banks
Crown Sign Company
D. B. A. Midway Mobile Homes
G. W. Clower Company
H. F. Everett Gas and Oil Company, Inc.
Hawley Landscaping
Mathews Athletic Boosters
Mathews High School Staff
Mathews PTA
Starr Fabricating, Inc.
Robert and Genie Ulp
Woodall Tree Preservation
Vienna Hardware

Sign contributions under $100
Airport Auto Sales
Angelino's Pizza
The Apple Basket
Robert and Emily Capots
Roger Clouse, DDS
Donah Clower
Frankie's
Fred Ebinger
Bruce and Jeanne Geilhard
IOLTA
Kleese Development
John P. Lutsek, Attorney at Law
Norton Tire Company, Inc.
P. B. I. Pool Builders
Prestwick Golf Course
Mr. & Mrs. Jack Slanina
James M. Trapp, DDS
Larry Trudell
Williams Super Duper
Vienna Pharmacy
Yankee Kitchen

A second sign was eventually erected east of the Key Club sign.
The new sign is illuminated and letters could be attached to provide general announcements.
A photo of the new sign was first visible in the 2006 yearbook.

Both signs are still present in front of the school in 2020.


Entry about the sign is adapted from Jonathan Ulp, James Totten, Karen Templin and Carrie Petrich, "Identify the School, Unify the Communities" in Vienna, Ohio, "Where We Live and Let Live": Town 4, Range 2 of the Connecticut Western Reserve (Apollo, PA: Closson Press, 1999), pp. 214-218.

Images courtesy of Christine Novicky