Former school renamed for Spencers
The Cincinnati School Board on Monday re-named the former Frederick Douglass School at 2825 Alms Place in Corryville after civil rights pioneers Marian Spencer and Donald Spencer Sr. The building will be renamed the Donald A. and Marian Spencer Education Center.
Donald Spencer, a former CPS teacher, died May 4 at the age of 95. He spent 18 years teaching math and social studies in the district, including at Frederick Douglass.
Aided by her husband, Marian sued to desegregate Coney Island Park in 1952 and was elected to Cincinnati City Council in the 1980s. Donald was one of the first African-American Realtors in Cincinnati, the first African-American trustee at Ohio University, a lifetime member of the Cincinnati NAACP and a strong advocate for voting rights and desegregation.
The school moved into a new building at 2627 Park Ave. in 2007 and the old building now houses district offices and classrooms for students in the Alternative to Suspension and Alternative to Expulsion programs, which offer instruction and counseling for students removed from their regular school for misbehaving.