Greek American Progressive Association School

From Ohio History Central

Located in Cleveland, Ohio, the Greek American Progressive Association School was founded in the mid 1920s to preserve the Greek language and customs among Greek immigrants.

The Greek American Progressive Association was founded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1923. This group eventually became a national organization dedicated to preserving Greek culture in the United States of America. In 1925, Greeks in Cleveland, Ohio established a Greek American Progressive Association chapter in the city. The Cleveland chapter soon formed the Greek American Progressive Association School, which was located on the second floor of the Krandis Building on the corner of Fairfield Avenue and West 11th Street. The school's purpose was to educate Greek youth in the language and customs of their homeland. The Greek American Progressive Association School usually held classes Monday through Friday for three hours, after Cleveland's public schools had dismissed for the day. The school usually had an enrollment of one hundred students and continued to serve the community through the 1930s. The Greek American Progressive Association School illustrates one of several attempts by Greek immigrants to preserve their native beliefs.

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  1. Van Tassel, David D., and John J. Grabowski, eds. The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996.