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Exploring the old Austintown Middle School stadium

A couple weeks ago I was out exploring with some friends and we decided to stop and take a peek at the vacant grounds of the old Austintown Middle School. Although we didn’t take many photos of the school itself during this visit I decided to concentrate on the old concrete stadium. You can see nature starting to reclaim the structure with the rotting and broken bleacher seats, crumbling facade and patches of grass that are beginning to spring out from the concrete foundation.

I attended this school from fifth through eighth grades so I remember walking the halls, playing in the field and running the stadium stairs during track practice. The school was the original Austintown Fitch High School. My mother attended this school and was part of the last graduating high school class before the current high school was constructed. After the new high school was built, this site used as the jr high school until it closed in 2007.

The school is currently abandoned but was observed being used by some local fire departments for training while we were there. The site is for sale, but has yet to have much interest from developers because of the environmental issues and cost that will be associated with demolishing the building. The school will continue to recall memories among former students as it sits and decays along side of the heavily traveled Mahoning Avenue.



  • shana bleu green - I’m so proud of you, Ron! These pictures are great. You are so talented with the camera!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Herndon on Facebook - Where are you located?ReplyCancel

  • Ron Dressel Photography on Facebook - @ Mary – I’m located near Charlottesville.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Herndon on Facebook - Great! VA? How far is that from Bristol?ReplyCancel

  • Ron Dressel Photography on Facebook - Yep, VA. about 250 miles from Bristol.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Herndon on Facebook - That’s great! Maybe we can set up a shoot together? Do you have a website?ReplyCancel

  • Kay - I’m just looking through all of your pictures now! I went to AMS as well, just like my mom and my grandma. My grandma would have graduated Fitch the year after your mom, since she was the first senior class to graduate from the new building. So many memories, and such beautiful pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Greg Perkins - I watched a video someone did recently on the Old Madison Elementary School in Youngstown – it was from the inside. Do you know if anyone has any photos from the inside of AMS or video?ReplyCancel

    • Ron - I’m sorry, but I do not know of anyone with photos or video from inside AMS.ReplyCancel

  • Robb - @ Greg on facebook the are pics from the inside that a local paranormal group took while they did an investigation of AMS.ReplyCancel

  • KenD - Someone on the Facebook page “You Know you’re from austintown ohio if…” Has posted pictures of the inside of AMS. If I can link to it I will.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Tieche - A local paranormal investigator and his crew did a walk through of the old school. Their pics are on Facebook. Let me find the name of their page and I’ll add it.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole (Scardina) Tieche '96 - Collective Paranormal Research Society is the group. I couldn’t post the link to their page. But they do have a Facebook page under that name.ReplyCancel

  • Greg Perkins - Thanks Robb and Nicole. KenD did you find link?ReplyCancel

  • Bruce Hammond - Great shots Ron. I remember a number of gym classes out on the FB field w/Mr. Flauto. Fun to think back to those years. Where has the time gone? Sad to see the stadium in such disrepair, though you captured it well.ReplyCancel

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