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It's About Tradition: Koehler & Porter Families

Koehler & Porter Families (3 Generations)

The Koehler and Porter families embody legacy. Currently three generations of these families are involved in the district, with six children currently attending school in the district. Rick and Sandy Koehler, as well as Jim and Sue Porter have supported the district for many years, serving on the school board of education, as committee chairs, PTO presidents and members and Booster members.

Erick Koehler was the first member of the Koehler family to attend school in the district. His parents attended Indian Hill and Summit Country Day. He graduated from Mariemont High School in 1995 and was closely followed by his four siblings. Erick met his wife, Julie, while attending school in the district. Julie has two sisters that attended and graduated from Mariemont High School as well. Julie and Erick’s six children attend school in the district, and Julie is a first-grade classroom aide at Terrace Park Elementary so she has the opportunity to see her children throughout the school day. As a working parent, Erick coaches soccer, which he feels is a great way to get to know his children’s classmates and friends. “The reason we moved back to the community was to raise our kids in this great community. We have six children, so we rely heavily on the community, and this community gives them the opportunity to ride their bikes to school and to friends’ houses. Everybody takes care of everybody around here, and I could not think of a better place to raise our children.”

Between the two families, there is a total of 15 graduates of Mariemont High School…and counting! Jim Porter and his six siblings were the first of their family to attend school in the Mariemont City School District. As the second-oldest child in his family, Jim Porter graduated from Mariemont in 1966 and is one of only a very small handful of student athletes who was elected to the athletic hall of fame and received a lifetime pass to attend school athletic events. Jim still pays to attend athletic events to support the district athletics program.

Jim’s grandfather purchased a track of land from the circus, and this land was passed down to Jim’s father, who moved here in 1954. Jim first attended school in the district at Terrace Park Elementary School in the second grade. Jim spoke of many of the great traditions that still hold true today. “This was a terrific place to grow up. We road our bikes to school and went home for lunch. The buildings have changed a bit, sure, but the neighborhood has stayed the same. The parents want their children to get a good education, and that is something that makes this district special.”

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