Annunciation Church School
Located in Cleveland, Ohio, the Annunciation Church School was founded in the mid-1920s to preserve the Greek language and customs among Greek immigrants.
In 1910, Cleveland's Greeks established the first Greek Orthodox congregation in the city. This group would eventually become the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. In 1924, Friar John Zografos became leader of the church. He established the Annunciation Church School. The school's purpose was to educate Greek youth in the language and customs of their homeland. The Annunciation Church School usually held classes Monday through Friday for three hours, after Cleveland's public schools had finished. The school usually had an enrollment of more than one hundred students and continued to serve the community through the 1930s. The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church continues to offer a parochial school today, but less emphasis is placed on learning the Greek language and customs than in the 1920s and 1930s. Still, the Annunciation Church School illustrates one of several attempts by Greek immigrants to preserve their native beliefs.
- Van Tassel, David D., and John J. Grabowski, eds. The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996.