“I was wondering about what the mascot for Leavittsburg School District was before it merged with Braceville, and became LaBrae.” The Newton Falls Public Library staff enjoys questions dealing about our area.
Having little print information about Leavittsburg, Ohio, as our Local History Room focuses primarily on Newton Falls and Newton Township, our staff began an Internet search. The school district’s website [http://www.labrae.k12.oh.us/] notes that the two systems merged in 1970 to become the LaBrae School District. The site does not include any historical information about the district.
When all else fails, it is wise to seek an original source. Since the question was asked after school hours, we were unable to contact the district office. Fortunately, a staff member remembered that two of our patrons are retired Leavittsburg/LaBrae high school teachers. A phone call was made, a message was left, and within a half hour we learned that the Braceville Bees and the Leavittsburg Yellow Jackets became the LaBrae Vikings.