The Newell Public School a.k.a. Fourth Street School was located at the corner of Jefferson and 4th Streets with its physical address being 401 4th street. It was built at a cost of $25,000.00 and opened in 1912.
Both elementary and high school students had classes here. From the beginning, the school proved to be too small. Plays as well as most parties and dances had to be held at other locations such as the Presbyterian Church in Newell or the Christian Church in East Liverpool. Dances were often held at the I.O.O.F. and Old Fellows Hall in East Liverpool. Due to the lack of a gymnasium, students often had physical education lessons at East Liverpool's YMCA.
As the years went on, more students were entering the lower grades than were graduating. The demand for a new building was finally realized for the 1927-1928 school year with the opening of Wells High. Fourth Street School was used for grades 1 through 6 until Jefferson Elementary opened for the 1951-1952 school year. Not long after the Forth Street School was torn down.
Ernest John was the last principal at Fourth Street School. He would go on to become the first principal at Jefferson Elementary.