You can thank Springfield, Ohio for ensuring the success of our nation’s youth through the creation of 4-H. What began in the basement of the Clark County Courthouse is now the nation’s largest youth development organization. A. B. Graham, superintendent of Springfield Township Rural schools, established the Boys and Girls Agriculture Club in 1902 to develop agricultural education and leadership in a social setting. The club would later be renamed “4-H”. The 4 H’s stand for education of the head, heart, hands, and health. The mission of the organization is for youth to get hands-on learning experiences and gain the necessary skills to be proactive citizens within their community.
Clark County Courthouse- The Birthplace of 4-H