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In The Beginning

On September 7, 1965, Beavercreek's newest elementary school opened its doors.  West Elementary had an opening day enrollment of 776 students in grades 1-7.  During the first school year, it was becoming apparent the name West Elementary was presenting some problems.  At that time, Beavercreek had another elementary named West Main, and Xenia had a West Junior High.  When mail was arriving for the other two "West" buildings, it was decided a new name needed to be chosen.  In November, the P.T.O. had a meeting to discuss and vote on a new name to present to the Board of Education.  By an overwhelming majority, the name Parkwood was recommended.  Parkwood was considered an all-encompassing name in that, at the time, the school served students from Park Layne, Spinning Woods, Knollwood, and RobinWood plats.  On March 10, 1966, the Board of Education voted to officially change the name to Parkwood Elementary.  Parkwood was officially dedicated on Sunday, June 5, 1966.  Ben O'Diam was the first principal and served in that position from 1965 until 1987.