East Liverpool Central School, ELHS Alumni Association, and Bill Booth

Central School in East Liverpool as it looked in 1908. It was built in 1894 and razed in 1969. A new clock tower
now stands along with a museum all of which is part of the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association.

Part of the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association's displays.
Visit the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association's website at: www.elhsaa.com.

Clock tower

Bill Booth Football
Of particular interest is the Bill Booth trophy on display.

William "Bill" Booth was born on August 8, 1916 in Newell. He went to Wells High, but transferred to East Liverpool in 1932 and played football there until graduating in 1934. He was also an outstanding baseball player and was part of Homer Laughlin's team. After high school, he played halfback at Illinois until the end of his first semester of college. He then enrolled at Ohio State so he could play closer to home.

On September 4, 1937, before the start of the new school year, Booth was in an automobile accident and died later that day at City Hospital. He was buried at Riverview Cemetery in East Liverpool, Ohio.

The Homer Laughlin China Company produced ceramic footballs with Bill Booth's likeness in 1937 and glazed them in various Fiesta colors. Some have been found in red, light green, yellow, and ivory. This particular example in Fiesta's old ivory glaze is unusual in that it has the added blue and red decoration. Others found in the open market have been in solid colors with no other embellishment and command high prices.

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