When you ask a Clevelander about the Tremont area today, they'll likely describe it using words like "eclectic" or "unique." However, Tremont was not always a meeting place for trendy 30-somethings and hipsters. In fact, it is one of the oldest neighborhoods around Cleveland, though it was not always known as Tremont. It would be 75 years from its founding before the area would officially bear the name it proudly calls itself today.
Back in 1835, the current neighborhood boundaries were not even considered part of the Cleveland city limits -- they were part of Brooklyn Township. In 1867, the city of Cleveland swallowed up this area, and the neighborhoods of Old Brooklyn and Ohio City were born. The area now known as Tremont remained within the neighborhood boundaries of Ohio City, and over the next decades, it would become the home of several universities, including Cleveland University and Humiston Institute. Additionally, a hospital, first known as Western Reserve Hospital, then Huron Road Hospital, was located here. With universities and hospitals, the area became a gathering place for scholars.
Over the years, the university closed, the doctors from the hospital moved to larger medical institutions, and the area started to fall into decline. It wasn't until the construction of a new bridge from downtown Cleveland when the area once again became vibrant. With an influx of middle-class denizens, the need for a new school arose, and this is where Tremont got its name.
Just down the block from where Literary Road and College Avenue meet Kenilworth, the 103-year-old Tremont School still stands. The school was such a place of pride and focus for the small neighborhood that they decided to change the name of the neighborhood to Tremont in 1910. It seems fitting that a neighborhood rich in scholastic history would finally end up being named after its first elementary school.