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The following article is reprinted with permission from the Winter 2024 Grandview Heights Marble Cliff Historical Society newsletter.  For more information about the GHMCHS, visit

GHHS Cold Case:

Society's Showcase Sparks Student Interest


What's happened to the large wooden showcase filled with Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff history which adorned the school's main hallway for many years? It's been relocated to the high school's second-floor study area, marking the inception of a new student project.


GHHS students Keelyn Stackhouse (above left) and Maura Yates (above right) recognized that many students were unaware of the history of our two communities. With the assistance of GHHS faculty Marc Alter (Explore Program Director), Society archivists Debbie Farynowski and Jill Kuyper, and Trustee Emeritus Tom DeMaria, the two students intend to showcase people, events, and decisions that have helped shape our communities. Their first display highlights the history of Grandview Heights High School.


Keelyn, an 11th grader, reflects, "This project is interesting to me because I get to learn new facts about the city that I didn't know before. It's like story time when Maura and I discover all of these surprising and fun facts about Grandview Heights." She emphasizes the importance of sharing the city's history with her peers, ensuring it isn't forgotten.

Maura, a 9th grader, shares Keelyn's sentiment, expressing, "I was interested in this project because I love history, but didn’t know much about Grandview Height’s history. Throughout this project I have just scratched the surface of the stories that go along with our town." Together, the students' goal is to help fellow students realize the part history plays in the creation of a community.


During the process, Maura invited University Archivist for The Ohio State University (and Grandview Heights parent) Tamar Chute to meet with the group, to give feedback and advice on how to refine the display (photo above right).