About Highland Square


For nearly a century, Highland Square has been a pleasant neighborhood for Akronites, including nationally recognized residents such as publisher John S. Knight, Senator Charles Dick, presidential candidate Wendell Willkie, industrialist Paul W. Litchfield, and Alcoholics Anonymous founder Dr. Robert Smith.

The region's oldest feature is the Portage Path, which passes along the street of that name. For decades, the statue of an Indian has watched over this famous pathway where Native Americans carried their canoes between the Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas Rivers. The Portage Path was part of the effective western boundary of the white and Native American lands from 1785 to 1805. When first erected, the Indian statue stood along the curb on West Market Street. The refurbished statue now stands on a landscaped site on the corner of Portage Path and West Market Street.

No one seems to know precisely when the name Highland Square was first applied to the area surrounding the intersection of Highland Avenue and West Market Street. The name was in common use by the 1930s, possibly because of the new Highland Theater, Coyle's ice cream store, several well patronized bars and restaurants and other commercial activities called attention to it.

Today, much of Highland Square remains much as they have been – livable areas close to the central city. Best of all, the district has retained its warm neighborhood flavor.

Community Leaders


City – Ward 1

Rich Swirsky

City Councilman

183 North Highland Ave.

Akron, OH 44303

Phone: 330.375.2800 ext.8301
Contact Rich Swirsky

County – District 4

Jeff Wilhite

Summit County Representative
Phone: 330-643-2725
Contact Jeff Wilhite

State House – District 34

Emilia Stron Sykes

District 34 (D
Assistant Minority Whip 
77 S. High St 
10th Floor 
Columbus, OH 43215 
Phone: 614-466-3100
Emilia Strong Sykes 


Ohio 13th Congressional District

Tim Ryan

1030 Tallmadge Ave

Akron, OH 44310

Phone: 330.630.7311

Ohio 11th Congressional District

Marcia Fudge

4834 Richmond Road, Suite 150

Warrensville Heights, OH 44128

Phone: 216.522.4900

U.S. Senate

Sherrod Brown

1301 East Ninth St.
Suite 1710

Cleveland, OH 44114

Phone: 216.522.7272
Toll Free: 888.896.6446


Rob Portman
1240 East 9th Street
Room 3061

Cleveland, OH 44199

Phone: 216.522.7095
DC Phone: 202-224-3353

Media Resource

The media are encouraged to contact the Highland Square Neighborhood Association (HSNA) when looking for information regarding economic or community development or cultural events. We make every attempt to be "media friendly" by being accessible, helpful and informative.

For general information about the Highland Square Neighborhood Association, view the HSNA section of our website.