Adams Central groundbreaking 1967

Groundbreaking for the new Adams Central High School was Nov. 8, 1967, with huge earth-moving machinery turning the traditional "first shovelful." From left: Superintendent Orwin White and members of the school board Ray Asmus, Glen Daugherty, president; John "Jack" Halloran, secretary;  Raymond Grothen and Lloyd Wright. The building was scheduled to open for classes in September 1968.

A half-century’s worth of education, activities and youth development will be celebrated Saturday during an event to commemorate Adams Central’s 50th anniversary.

“Fifty years is a big deal,” said Jodi Rostvet, Adams Central administrative secretary and a 1986 graduate. “It’s neat to see how far we’ve come and how far we’re going.”

The idea of creating a rural high school for students who attended the numerous rural elementary schools in Adams County was discussed for years.

That all changed in July 1966 when 69.2 percent of patrons voted in favor of the establishment of a Class 6 school district. The district was originally known as 9A and earned the name Adams Central Junior/Senior High School a year later as the result of a naming contest.

A committee looked at three sites all near the intersection of what is today U.S. Highway 6 and Adams Central Avenue for a junior/senior high school as it was considered to be in the center of the district.

A $1.472 million bond issue was voted down in November 1966 before the $1.488 million bond issue to build the school was approved in May 1967.

Adams Central high school students attended school at Juniata High School for a year before entering the new Adams Central High School in September 1968.

The 930,000-square-foot building was constructed by Carmichael Construction Co. of Hastings at a cost of $1.2 million.

In the past 50 years, the number of elementary schools that feed into the high school has been reduced as buildings have closed and consolidated.

Adams Central changed from a Class 6 (high school-only district) to a Class 3 district overseeing the elementary schools in 2006.

At that time, there were five elementary schools: Ayr, Wallace, Juniata, Tri-View and District 15 (later known as Adams Central East).

The district undergoes another major change in the fall of 2018 when the new Adams Central Elementary School will open its doors just across the road from the junior/senior high school.

Patrons took to the polls three times before approving the $19.72 million bond issue to build the single-site elementary school to replace the three remaining elementary schools.

All that history and the future will be celebrated during the a special celebration Saturday.

Events kick off Saturday morning with the Adams Central Fun Run hosted by the Adams Central School Foundation.

The 5k run, which begins at 8 a.m., will be three times around the school running path with the finish on the 50-yard line of the football field.

The mile run for kids 12 and under, which begins at 9 a.m., will take them four times around the track.

Water and popsicles will be handed out after the race and there will be prizes for the top male and female runners. Race T-shirts are also available for purchase.

Register online at or the day of the race.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., tours of both the junior/senior high school and the elementary school will be available. While the desks, books and supplies haven’t been moved in yet, the elementary building is definitely ready for people to get an idea of what students will experience starting in August.

The festivities kick into high gear around 6 p.m. when the doors open for the open house party at the Adams County Fairgrounds in Hastings. There will be music, food vendors, a cash bar with Steeple Brewery and lots of Adams Central history.

Rostvet, who is helping to organize the weekend, said there will be historical memoribillia from the school’s 50 years on display including everything from photos to the original patriot mascot uniform.

“It’s just kind of an old-fashioned party,” Rostvet said.

There will be tables and chairs for people to sit and talk. There will be no formal program except for an introduction by Supterintendent Shawn Scott and alumni and long-time board member Randy Kort. They will also introduce a special 50th anniversary film prepared for the weekend.

The event is free and open to anyone wanting to help celebrate the school’s anniversary.

Rostvet said she hopes for great attendance and expects to see a crowd based on the contact she’s already received.

“There’s alot of passionate people in this district,” she said.

Rostvet is the youngest of seven children who are all AC alumni. She said her parents were very involved and passionate about the district as well.

“And for me, working for the district is kind of a bonus,” she said. “I loved my school when I went to school here and I still love it today.”


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