The Manchester Local School District is located near Akron, OH, in southern Summit County, and serves approximately 1,400 students in grades K-12. The district is comprised of 3 buildings: Nolley Elementary (K-4), Manchester Middle School (5-8) and Manchester High School (9-12).
The district is routinely rated “Excellent” by the Ohio Department of Education. Nolley Elementary has been rated “Excellent” 6 of the last 7 years, Manchester Middle School for 5 straight years, and Manchester High School for 10 consecutive years.
The first school in the community was constructed in 1817, and a horse drawn wagon or sleigh would transport 15 students every day for their lessons. The log building, which also served as a church, was eventually replaced by a two room schoolhouse in 1871 (seen below). In 1928, a new school was constructed on Manchester Rd., and required an addition in 1939 to accommodate the 350 student population. This building is now home to the Manchester Administration Offices.
The current high school was built in 1959 on Nimisila Rd., with an addition in 1963. Nolley Elementary, named after long-time Superintendent Gilbert T. Nolley, was built in 1962. Around the same time, Nimisila Elementary was constructed, but closed in 1983. Manchester Middle School is the newest building in the district, constructed in 1973.
MHS and Nolley 1964
Nimisila School 1983