Appellants contend that the records which they desire to examine are "public records" within the purview of R. C. 149.43, and, therefore, are required to be available for inspection.
R. C. 149.43 states:
"As used in this section, `public record' means any record required to be kept by any governmental unit, including, but not limited to, state, county, city, village, township and school district units, except records pertaining to physical or psychiatric examinations, adoption, probation, and parole proceedings, and records the release of which is prohibited by state or federal law.
"All public records shall be open at all reasonable times for inspection. Upon request, a person responsible for public records shall make copies available at cost, within a reasonable period of time."
In enacting this statute, the General Assembly defined, with certain exceptions, "public record" as "any record required to be kept by any governmental unit."
R. C. 3317.021 provides, in pertinent part, that:
"A membership record shall be kept by grades in each school district which shall show the following information for each pupil enrolled: Name, date of birth, name of parent * * *."
R. C. 3319.32 states, in part, that:
Additionally, R. C. 3321.12 provides:
"The principal or teacher in charge of any public, private, or parochial school, shall report to the clerk of the board of education of the city * * * in which the school is situated, the names, ages, and places of residence of all pupils below eighteen years of age in attendance at their schools * * *."
It is clear from a reading of R. C. 3317.021, 3319.32, and 3321.12, that documents disclosing the names of all pupils, and the address of those pupils under eighteen years of age, are records which school districts are required, by law, to maintain. R. C. 3319.32, by prescribing that each school keep records which exhibit the names of pupils and "the studies pursued," requires the records to show what courses each pupil is taking. Therefore, the above records, under present statutes, are "public records" within the meaning of R. C. 149.43.
The judgment of the Court of Appeals is reversed, and a writ of mandamus, consistent with this decision, is allowed.
Judgment reversed and writ allowed.
O'NEILL, C. J., HERBERT, CORRIGAN, STERN, CELEBREZZE. W. BROWN and P. BROWN, JJ., concur.