Bexley is a city in Franklin
County, Ohio, United States. Incorporated as a village in 1908, Bexley is
an old tree-lined suburb of Ohio's capital, Columbus, located on the banks of Alum Creek next to Driving Park or
Wolfe Park. A college town bisected by the National Road, Bexley resulted from a merger
of neighborhoods including the prestigious Bullitt Park,
established in 1889, and the Lutheran community centered on
University and Trinity
Its population was 13,203 at the
considered one of the most desirable areas in Greater Columbus with
a diverse range of housing options, from family starters to
estate-sized mansions, including the Ohio Governor's
Mansion, Jeffrey Mansion "Kelveden", and the estate used
for the President of The Ohio State University.
Located in northern Bexley, the Governor’s
Mansion — originally built as a private residence in 1925 and given
to the state in 1955 — has been home to Ohio governors since
Image:Bhouse.JPG|A house on a tree-lined
streetImage:Bexcup.jpg|Cafe in Bexley
Ohio was named at the suggestion of an early resident, Mr.
Kilbourne, in honor of his family's roots in Bexley,
England (London Borough of Bexley).
The village of
Bexley, Ohio was incorporated in 1908 when prominent citizens of
Bullitt Park along Alum Creek, including former Mayor of Columbus
industrialist Hon. Robert H. Jeffrey, agreed to merge with the
mostly Lutheran community of Pleasant Ridge located around Christ
Church and the adjoining Lutheran
seminary. Bullitt Park had been founded in 1889, when Logan M.
Bullitt of Philadelphia submitted his first plat (1891) for the
area. Wealthy citizens of Columbus continued to build urban
townhouses and country homes to the east along Broad Street and
Town (now Bryden), extending out to Franklin Park. By the 1890s, several
large homes took root across Alum Creek in the Bullitt Park area, whose borders include the
aforementioned mansions and park, as well as the campus of the
Columbus School for Girls, an exclusive private school.
Bushnell was overlaid for several months on the unsold lots of
Bullitt Park in 1898, centered at Drexel Circle, bringing new
utilities to the area, and subsequently, more home building. By
1909, Bullitt Park and the Lutheran community south of Main Street
decided to merge neighborhoods and incorporate as the Village of
Bexley. Later, with growth, the village of Bexley became the City
Bexley has been the home of many prominent citizens, including
recent governors of Ohio Ted
and Senator George
, Bob Greene
columnist who wrote Be True to Your School
author R. L.
, cartoonist Paul Palnik
, and billionaire Leslie Wexner
(the wealthiest man in Ohio).
For many years Larry Flynt
, the creator
of Hustler Magazine
lived in the city. Other former residents include Frank Lesser, a
writer for the Comedy Central show The Colbert Report
, Nate Beeler, the
editorial cartoonist for the Washington Examiner newspapers
and an internationally syndicated editorial cartoonist on Cagle
(www.Cagle.com), Josh Radnor, an actor in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother
, Marco Arment,
lead developer of Tumblr, and Laurie
Lea Schaefer, Miss America 1972
. Andrew McMahon of
Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin lived in Bexley from
elementary school through 8th grade. The residence of the
president of the Ohio State University is located in the most affluent area of
The highly regarded Jewish scholar Stephanie Taylor
also currently lives in the city. Seth Stammler currently of the
New York Redbulls (Major League Soccer) resides in Bexley during
his off season.
an important center for the arts and culture, Bexley is often
considered to be one of the most iconic communities in Ohio. Bexley
is home to several churches and synagogues, several historic sites
and pieces of outdoor sculpture, the famous Rubino's pizzeria, the
Drexel art house movie theater
, and several miles of National Road
Rubino's Pizzeria, mentioned in "Be True to your School," has
become famous for barely changing since its opening in the early
50's. Rubino's does not deliver and only accepts cash or checks.
The Main Street address is the only location and has always been
independently run. Known for its thin crust pizza, carryout pizzas
are packaged in paper, rather than cardboard boxes.
Founded in 1981, The Drexel Theater in Bexley is the original in an
area chain of independently run theaters. Locations also exist
in the Arena
District and the
newly-developed South Campus Gateway.
(Due to a dispute
between Gateway and Drexel, the theater at the South Campus Gateway
is no longer owned by Drexel and is now called the Landmark Gateway
also the site of a number of sculptor Alfred Tibor's work, including at the Trinity Lutheran Seminary,
Agudas Achim, and Saint Charles Preparatory
Adjoining Bexley is the Franklin Park
Bexley boasts several public and private educational institutions
including: Bexley City Schools; Columbus School for Girls
Charles Preparatory School
; Capital University
; and Bexley Hall
seminary. Nearly 100% of students graduating from Bexley City
Schools, Columbus School for Girls, and Saint Charles Preparatory
School attend college.
Columbus School for Girls is one of the oldest private schools in
the city. Founded in 1898, it was originally on the corner of East
Town Street and Parsons Avenue, known as Parsons Place. In 1946 it
moved to its current location on the corner of Broad St. and Drexel
Ave. It is one of the few single sex schools left in the area.
Often it partners with St Charles Preparatory School, an all male
Catholic school located just inside Bexley's boundaries.
Saint Charles Preparatory School is a four-year college-preparatory
school (a type of high school) in Columbus, Ohio. It was founded in
1923 by the Bishop of Columbus, James J. Hartley, as a Roman
Catholic college seminary. Today, it is an all-male high school
serving the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus. The Cardinals, as
they are known, have been soccer, golf, swimming, and track
individual state champions. Saint Charles also boasts some of the
best academic statistics in the city. In 2008, Saint Charles had
the most number of National Merit Semi-Finalists in the Columbus
Metro Area per student with 10 (Total enrollment of 621) and 2nd
overall only to Upper Arlington with 18 (1851 Total
Bexley High School
as one of the top schools in the state of Ohio. It has been rated
as one of the top 5% performing schools in the nation, was ranked
in the top 2% of Ohio high schools for the Ohio Proficiency test,
and listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the top public
high schools in the nation. The Lions, as they are known, have been
state champions in boys basketball, boys soccer, girls volleyball,
and boys and girls tennis.
City School District was also the first school district in Ohio to abolish
corporal punishment at school in
1986. Today, only 15 school districts statewide
use corporal punishment, and they are required by Ohio law to honor
all requests of parents who do not wish for corporal punishment to
Bexley, Ohio is located at (39.964564, -82.932649) .
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of
2.5 square miles (6.3 km²), all of it land.
municipalities of Minerva Park, Bexley, Whitehall, Worthington, Upper Arlington and Valleyview are enclaves of
As of the census
of 2000, there were 13,203
people, 4,705 households, and 3,387 families residing in the city.
The population density
5,398.4 people per square mile (2,080.7/km²). There were 4,974
housing units at an average density of 2,033.8/sq mi
(783.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.45% White
, 4.48% African American
, 0.05% Pacific Islander
, 0.47% from
, and 1.39%
from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 0.92% of the
There were 4,705 households out of which 40.9% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 59.9% were married couples
living together, 9.4% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 28.0% were non-families.
23.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.09.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age
of 18, 12.5% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to
64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
36 years. For every 100 females there were 88.6 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $70,200, and the
median income for a family was $83,363. Males had a median income
of $56,573 versus $39,851 for females. The per capita income
for the city was
$37,375. About 3.1% of families and 4.6% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 2.7%
of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.
Bexley is home to the largest Jewish population in Central Ohio,
including an estimated 30% of the population.
Bexley News is a weekly newspaper for the city, that is
published by Suburban News
Publications, serving Berwick and Eastmoor.
Bexley News is also notable for being
printed on recycled paper.
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