Did you know? South Oldham Lions Club's early members funded, built Crestwood school gym

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By Jacquelyn Stoess Hack


The forerunner of the South Oldham Lions Club was the South Oldham Community Association which was responsible for the construction of the Crestwood Auditorium – Gymnasium, formerly on the campus of Crestwood Elementary School.

In 1946 the enrollment of Crestwood School included 80  high school students and 315 elementary students in a school  designed for 200 pupils. 

The PTA asked the men of the communities of South Oldham to help.

This resulted in the formation of the South Oldham Community Association.

Members of the organization challenged the community, raised money and built the auditorium-gymnasium with a stage on one end.

The community celebrated and dedicated the building in February 1949, and served as the site of many community events and school activities until March 2009 when the building was torn down after a new Crestwood Elementary opened on the same property.