Poland, Ohio

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Poland is a village in Mahoning County, Ohio, United States. The population of the village was 2,866 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.



In 1796, Poland Township was the first charted township in the Connecticut Western Reserve. It was settled by people from Connecticut, who were given land grants in the northeastern portion of Ohio, then known as the Connecticut Western Reserve, of which Poland Township was the southeasternmost portion, or Town One, Range One. The township was founded by Jonathan Fowler, who fell in love with Yellow Creek which flows through Poland. Fowler owned an inn near the river which still stands as the oldest building in Poland. The historical buildings of Poland can be identified by a wooden sign in the shape of Ohio located by the front door of the building. The sign tells what the building once was.

The village of Poland was incorporated in 1866. It is also home to the Poland Seminary High School Bulldogs. Poland Seminary was originally a private secondary school, Poland Academy, and then a Liberal Arts college founded 200 years ago. Its main building has been incorporated into Poland Middle School on College Street. The former medical school and law school is now a private residence also on College Street. Its dormitory is incorporated into the Poland Public Library on Main Street. Former distinguished faculty include the author of the McGuffey Reader, William Holmes McGuffey and journalist Ida Tarbell. The future U.S. President William McKinley was once a student there.


Poland currently has three Elementary schools (North, Dobbins and Union) and they also have Poland McKinley (5th and 6th grade) and one Middle school, Poland Middle School (7th and 8th grade). Poland only has one high school, Poland Seminary High School (PSHS) (9th-12th grade). There is also a Catholic school, Holy Family (Pre-K through 8th grade).


Poland is located at 41°1′29″N 80°36′44″W / 41.02472°N 80.61222°W / 41.02472; -80.61222 (41.024676, -80.612287)[3].

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