Don't make the mistake of referring to Lloyd Memorial High School
as “Erlanger Lloyd.”
When the cities of Elsmere and Erlanger merged school districts in
1928, a new high school was built to accommodate both towns. It
was named in honor of John Uri Lloyd.
Memorial High School was named after John Uri Lloyd, a
pharmaceutical pioneer who lived in Florence.
(Patrick Reddy photo|
Mr. Lloyd (1849-1936) was a resident of nearby Florence, and one
of America's pharmaceutical pioneers, specializing in the use of
plant extracts in treating patients. He was a renowned author, and
published eight scientific books, and eight works of fiction.
His popular Stringtown on the Pike, a collection of
colorful stories about Northern Kentucky and Florence folklore,
drew national attention.
Professor Lloyd donated money and books to the new school
andestablished a trust fund that presents a gold medallion to an
outstanding senior student each year. In 1948, six civic-minded
citizens loaned the school board $25,000 to purchase land for a
new high school. A plaque honoring the six donors is mounted in
the new school.
In 1956, Lloyd High School made national news when it became one
of the first schools in the country to desegregate. The
integration went so smoothly the school was featured in a Life
magazine article spotlighting its success.