Admiral Ernest J. King Elementary School opened in August 2011 at the corner of West 6thStreet and Washington Avenue. The school is named for Lorain native Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King, who grew up a few blocks away on Hamilton Avenue.
He was a member of the Lorain High School graduating class of 1897. Following graduation, he attended the United States Naval Academy and was graduated in the top 10% of his class.
He served in the Spanish American War, World War I and served as Commander in Chief of the U.S. Fleet and Chief of Naval Operations during World War II. He was the first man to hold both positions simultaneously. He commanded the largest fleet in the history of the world. King lived by the motto, “Do all we can with what we have.”
Following his death in 1956, services were conducted in Washington D.C. at the National Cathedral. King is buried in the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery.
A Lorain school has stood on the West 6th Street and Washington Avenue site since 1875. Admiral King Elementary is designed to accommodate 350 students for an investment of $7.5 million, of which nearly 80% came from the state of Ohio.