Lower Price Hill is a small, historically neglected neighborhood with a history of using activism and protest to get its needs met. the neighborhood consisted of mostly German and Irish residents until the 40’s, when things shifted and people from Appalachian Kentucky and Tennessee migrated to the neighborhood. Eventually the neighborhood became an Appalachian enclave. With the population shift, something happened around the 60’s/70’s where Lower Price Hill started to decline. It didn’t receive the attention it needed from the city so unemployment and poverty skyrocketed, petty crime went up, education levels for the neighborhood were bottoming out and a large number of students were dropping out of high school before graduating.
Lower Price Hill has always had a tight community full of active and involved residents, so people there definitely took notice to the lack of attention the neighborhood was receiving and decided to do something about. when the neighborhood’s dropout rate began to skyrocket, community members protested the lack of attention the school board was giving to the issue and worked to get the city to help address the lack of educational resources in the neighborhood.
during the 70’s, Cincinnati Public Schools faced a big budget shortfall. to address the deficit, the board decided to consolidate schools and ship students to other neighborhood schools. specifically, Oyler School in Lower Price Hill was one of the schools affected by this decision, and many of its students were going to be transferred to schools in the West End instead. students and community members were upset, because they felt the needs of smaller communities like Lower Price Hill weren’t being taken seriously and Oyler School was being unnecessarily closed. community members organized, protested, and put so much pressure on the Board of Education that they decided not to close Oyler School and make the students go elsewhere. these are only a few examples of Lower Price Hill fighting to be taken seriously by the city.
today, Lower Price Hill is a wonderful neighborhood that is finally beginning to revitalize, and Oyler School continues to serve the community to this day