The Buckeye Ranch
The Ranch was founded by a group of women who, after searching for the community’s greatest need, banded together to dedicate their time and resources to the troubled adolescents of Franklin County. Today, the tradition continues with The Buckeye Ranch Service Board members serving as ambassadors for The Buckeye Ranch, volunteering with the youth, and raising critical funds to support The Ranch.
The Ranch’s Women’s Service Board raised funds to purchase land in Grove City, Ohio and build the first residential cottage, Argo House, in 1961. After finding the perfect combination of warmth and clinical skill in newly hired Executive Director Dr. Les Bostic, the Ranch welcomed the first group of ten boys to live at the Ranch. As the years passed, new living quarters were added to accommodate a growing population of boys, ages 10 – 18, who suffered from emotional or behavioral problems.
To raise much needed funds, Dr. Bostic and the Service Board developed the Buckeye Tennis Classic, an annual tennis tournament that brought thousands of people to the Ranch’s campus through the 1970s and 1980s. The tournament featured some of the greatest players of all time including Arthur Ashe and Jimmy Connors.
In the early 1990s, the organization was further developed as the Intensive Care Center was built to treat both boys and girls with severe emotional and mental health needs. In 1994, the Ranch changed its name from the Buckeye Boys Ranch to The Buckeye Ranch to reflect the addition of girls.