Early Ohio legislation permitted incorporation of villages with a minimum of 30 inhabitants. When Warrensville Township decided to close a local school in 1915, the residents of Beachwood used this legislation in order to petition to secede from the rest of the town. On June 26 of the same year, the trustees of Warrensville Township ordered the incorporation of Beachwood Village.
The beech trees that covered a majority of the city were the inspiration for the town’s name. Rumor has it that one of the early Village Hall clerks accidentally misspelled the name on some official documents, thereby given the town the name Beachwood, rather than Beechwood!
In 1960, Beachwood attained city status. This was a major step in the community’s progressive history. Even today, Beachwood boasts a comprehensive economic development plan in order to continue the spectacular growth that has defined this dynamic and innovative area.
Beachwood students are frequently in the news for their impressive academic and musical achievement. This demonstrates how the community’s philosophies are put into practice, and how the Beachwood School District’s mission statement -- "to develop intellectual entrepreneurs with a social conscience" -- is realized. The five main schools in the Beachwood area are Fairmount Elementary School, Bryden Elementary School, Hilltop Elementary School, Beachwood Middle School and Beachwood High School.
Beachwood students have a tradition of high achievement. In 2003, four Beachwood High School seniors were named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program, the highest and most prestigious national honor for academic achievement. In the same year, Beachwood was named one of the nation’s top 100 schools for music education in a survey sponsored by the American Music Conference, Music Teachers National Association and National School Boards Association. It was the second year in a row that the school earned this designation. In the 2003 Science Olympiad Regional Competition, Beachwood middle and high school students won 21 individual awards.
Beachwood’s focus on its senior residents is demonstrated through its senior transportation service. This service provides a free wheelchair lift-equipped van for Beachwood residents over 60 and those with disabilities living in an independent living setting. Door-to-door service is available for medical appointments, shopping and banking as well as social and recreational activities.
Beachwood Recreation’s mission is to “improve the quality of life of all residents of Beachwood by providing a wide variety of cultural and leisure activities, special events, facilities and services encouraging health, fitness, relaxation, enjoyment, cultural enrichment and learning as well as providing opportunities for Community involvement.” The latest development of this mission is the opening of the Beachwood Family Aquatic Center. The center boasts a concession stand and eating area, a dining pavilion, shade umbrellas, spray ground, infant and tot pool with seating bench, toddler water slide, water play feature, water slides, drop slide, relaxation area, vortex, current channel, one-meter and three-meter diving boards and eight 25-meter lap lanes.
Being a part of a thriving community, with excellent educational and recreational facilities and with access to so many places, is what it means to be a resident of Beachwood.
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