Our History

click for larger mapThe Ludlow Community Association took its name from the neighborhood elementary school — Ludlow School, at Ludlow and Southington Roads, shown as a red square on the map. About a third of the homes in the Ludlow area are in the city of Cleveland. This arrangement dates more than 80 years, with parts of Cleveland near what is now Shaker Square included in its school district.

In 1987, in a major reorganization, Shaker Heights closed four elementary schools, including Ludlow. The building is now used by PEP – Positive Education Program for its Greenview Day Treatment Center.

50th Anniversary Meeting
It was standing room at the September 8 meeting held at the old Ludlow School.

LCA Presidents – Past and Present
Left-Right Standing: Lou Salvatore, Ron Spetrino, Alan Gressel, Luis Coelho, Tom Chelimsky and Jarmellia Armwood. Sitting: Ken Kovach, Emma Benning and Gwen Chapman (present)

Photo by Gisela Chelimsky

click to read story1967 – Cosmopolitan Pioneers

Another story of the early days. Published in the Ohio Bell Magazine, probably in 1967.

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1968 – Ludlow — A Lesson in Integration

The September 1968 issue of Readers Digest told the Ludlow story.

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2004 – The Reunion

Former Ludlow School students talk about desegregation in the 1960s.  For more on NPR’s website, click herePaul Mason. son of an LCA founder, now senior vice president – politics at ABC News, was executive producer of “The Reunion“.

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2007 – Making a neighborhood what you dream it to be click here.

Links to more information on Ludlow and the Community Association

Tom Chelimsky, Ron Spetrino, Carolyn Milter, Meghan Hays and Alan Gressel helped build these web pages to celebrate LCA’s 50th anniversary.  These pages were created by Arnie Berger for the Shaker Square website.