Draper started to make changes to the system right away. His primary effort in Cleveland was to revitalize the educational process with his “new education” process.
He was part of the Board of Managers in 1846 and an efficient supervisor of instruction.
At his arrival, he attempted to follow the changes made, and the general lines laid down by his predecessor A.J. Rickoff.
Rickoff had a great impact on public education during his 15-year Cleveland tenure that started in 1867-1882. During Rickoff administration, occurred the reorganization of the Cleveland city schools.
Reverend Smyth was a pastor in a Presbyterian church in Toledo, Ohio when he felt keenly the need of establishing a good system of schools.
Luther Oviatt was principal at Prospect Street School and Eagle Street Grammar School before becoming superintendent of the Cleveland schools.
The name of Andrew Freese will always hold a place of honor in the scholastic records of Cleveland. He was the first superintendent of Cleveland schools (1853-1861).
James Fitch was educated in the Cleveland schools. He became School Manger in 1852.
During his term as school manger, he was very concerned with the under educated teachers in primary schools.
Bradburn, called the “Father of Cleveland Schools”, was appointed School Manager in 1841, a post he kept until 1848.