Avon Lake High School

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Avon Lake High School
175 Avon Belden Road
Avon Lake, Ohio, 44012
Coordinates 41°30′31″N 82°1′4″W / 41.50861°N 82.01778°W / 41.50861; -82.01778Coordinates: 41°30′31″N 82°1′4″W / 41.50861°N 82.01778°W / 41.50861; -82.01778
Type Public, Coeducational high school
Established September, 1923[1]
School district Avon Lake City Schools
Principal Joanie Walker[2]
Assistant principals Monica Mansor
Jeffrey Vasil
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,205
Student to teacher ratio 20.7:1
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Maroon and Gold [2]         
Athletics conference Southwestern Conference[2]
Sports Football, Soccer, Basketball, Tennis, Swimming, Diving, Track, Cross Country, Baseball, Softball, Ice hockey, Rugby, Lacrosse
Mascot Shorty Shoreman
Team name Shoremen[2]
Rival Amherst High School
National ranking 484[3]
Newspaper The Spectrum
State Ranking 21[4]
Athletic Director Thomas Barone[2]

Avon Lake High School is a public high school located in Avon Lake, Ohio, west of Cleveland. It serves grades 9-12. It is part of the Avon Lake City Schools.


ALHS has achieved "excellent" ratings on the Ohio State Report Card for eight consecutive years.[5] In 2011, ALHS was ranked 418th in the United States by Newsweek Magazine.[6] The school boasts a 97% 4-year graduation rate, an 1134 average SAT score, and 93% of graduates are college bound.[6] All teachers at ALHS hold a bachelors degree and 91.6% hold at least a masters degree.[5] Avon Lake City Schools were also recognized by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as the 8th best "Top Workplaces of 2011." [7]


Since joining the Southwestern Conference (SWC) in 1964, the football program has won 23 SWC titles.[citation needed] In 2003, the Shoremen won the state Division II Football championship [8] after beating Trenton Edgewood 10-7 to complete an undefeated season.[8]

The school has also become a top ranked tennis high school in Ohio.[citation needed] In 2006, the power doubles tandem of Christine and Nikki Chiricosta won the Division I state championship. The two sisters own a dominant 122-0 record in the Southwestern Conference.[citation needed] The team has also won four consecutive SWC titles.[citation needed]

State Championships[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Walker, Milburn (1965). The Avon Lake Story (Booklet). Avon Lake, Ohio: Kiwanis Club of Avon Lake, Ohio. p. 14. 
  2. ^ a b c d e OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Retrieved 2014-04-28. 
  3. ^ "National Rankings: Best High Schools". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Ohio High Schools Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  5. ^ a b http://www.avonlakecityschools.org/cms/files/File/REPORT%20CARDS/09-10%20AVON%20LAKE%20HIGH%20SCHOOL%20REPORT%20CARD.pdf
  6. ^ a b America's Best High Schools 2011 - Newsweek and The Daily Beast
  7. ^ Northeast Ohio Top Workplaces 2011 | cleveland.com
  8. ^ a b OHSAA: 2003 State Tournament Division II
  9. ^ a b c OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Archived from the original on 31 December 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-31. 
  10. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Football". Archived from the original on 13 January 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
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