Perry Township is a lace-’em-up, blue-collar community in western Stark County with a stalwart education system. Nestled between the cities of Canton and Massillon, Perry Township has a population of more than 28,000.
“We have a work ethic in our community that is unmatched, second to none,” said township Trustee Anna Capaldi.
The township was founded in 1813 by the Stark County commissioners. Before that, a settlement there was the town of Kendall (a part of Massillon). Kendall originally was formed in 1811.
Early settlers utilized Sippo Creek, operating a saw mill and wool factory. The entire region exploded in population after 1828, when the Ohio and Erie Canal opened in Massillon.
Johnny Appleseed (Jonathon Chapman) was said to have planted the first orchard in Perry Township on the south side of the Canton – Massillon Road, according to township history.
Perry Township now is home to Sippo Lake, Stark Parks offices and unincorporated Richville. Much of the township has been developed today, though some agriculture still exists.
The school district, Perry Local, has been rated “excellent” for eight years and has a 97 percent graduation rate.
Top-notch programs in the schools include theater, wrestling, and speech and debate. Central Catholic High School also is in Perry Township.
“Most families I know have two working parents making efforts to provide many opportunities to their children,” said local historian Stan Krawson.
“WHY I LOVE PERRY TOWNSHIP”
BY CRISIVA VARNER, CANDIDATE FOR PERRY TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE
I chose to live in Perry Township for a number of reasons important to both me and my family. I graduated from Perry High School and I know firsthand the quality education that this district provides.
We have the best teachers, staff and administrators in the state. They truly care about each student’s success.
Perry Township has great people. I am continually amazed with the outstanding people who live in Perry Township. The more people I meet from the township, the more blessed I feel to live in this community.
Perry Township also has great businesses. These people are in Perry Township because they believe in the community just as much as I do. I am proud that they invest in and support the schools and community groups and organizations.
Perry Township is a great place to live and raise a family, and I look forward to contributing to its future.
MEDIAN VALUE, OWNER-OCCUPIED HOUSING UNITS $116,678
MEDIAN AGE 42.3
MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME $49,841
AVERAGE TRAVEL TIME TO WORK: 23 MINUTES
NUMBER OF COLLEGE GRADUATES (ASSOCIATE DEGREE OR HIGHER) 3,819
INSIDER SCOOP ON PERRY TOWNSHIP
BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW: Fleet commander Oliver Hazard Perry, hero of the War of 1812, is this community’s namesake.
PARTY OF THE YEAR: Stark Parks’ free Family Fall Fest at Petros Lake Park has become a huge draw for children and families throughout the county. The non-scary Halloween-themed event includes games, crafts, hayrides, trick-or-treating and an evening hike.
FAMOUS SON/DAUGHTER: Pat McRoberts (Broadway actor/musician, starred in “Miss Saigon”).
INTERESTING FACT: In 2009, the school district gained some notoriety after 835 people applied for a school custodian job. The story was a reflection of the economy at that time.
PERRY TOWNSHIP FAVORITES
SIPPO LAKE MARINA AND PARK 5300 Tyner St. NW 330-477-3552
Rent boats, fish and walk trails. The addition of the Exploration Gateway, a collaboration with the Stark County District Library, opened in 2007. That facility houses a branch of the library, plus educational programming and a science classroom.
HALL OF FAME LANES 5155 Tuscarawas St.W 330-477-7226
Hall of Fame features 48 lanes for bowling, and is a popular gathering place in Perry.
EL CAMPESINO 4048 Lincoln Way E 330-477-8731
Authentic Mexican food with speedy service and good prices make El Campesino a busy place most days.
SCHNAB’S BURGERS 4887 Tuscarawas St.W 330-478-1970
Made-to-order burgers are tops at this new Perry favorite. Don’t forget to try the deep-fried Oreos.
HANDEL’S HOMEMADE ICE CREAM 3107 Lincoln Way E 330-832-5100
Good, quality homemade ice cream make this the go-to spot for dessert — no matter what season.