Herbert Hoover High School
Herbert Hoover High School located in Clendenin, West Virginia was built in 1963 and has been a part of the community since then. However, recently the school and the entire area was devastated by historic flooding that seriously damaged the school. After the flooding, FEMA determined that the school was no longer able to be used, therefore forcing Kanawha County to close Hoover's doors permanently. The school is scheduled for demolition in 2018.
Backstory and Context
The Elk River community may never be the same due to the loss of Herbert Hoover. Students, faculty staff, and area residents fondly remember Hoover and "The River." Sports were a big part of the school's rich history. State championships and conference titles and individual player awards lined the main hall of Hoover in the achievement case. Student athletes who are now very successful came through Herbert Hoover and left their mark on the community.
During its long history, a sign at the school entrance proudly proclained the school as a "West Virginia School of Excellence." In the grand scheme, anyone on the Elk River would say that Herbert Hoover defined excellence, loyalty, character and sportsmanship. Although the building is no more, the school motto will forever ring true, Promoting Achievements and Creating Successes at Herbert Hoover High School.