Bexley High School
|Bexley High School|
|326 South Cassingham Road
Bexley, Ohio, (Franklin County), 43209
|Type||Public, Coeducational high school|
|Color(s)||Royal Blue and White |
|Athletics conference||Mid-State League|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools |
|Music Dpt. Chair||Amy Blosser|
|History Dpt. Chair||Michael Featherstone|
|Science Dpt. Chair||Jack Minot|
|English Dpt. Chair||Jeff Smallwood|
|Athletic Director||Corinne Taylor|
Bexley High School is a public high school located in Bexley, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. It is the only high school in the Bexley City School District. In 2014, U.S. News & World Report named BHS the 8th best public high school in Ohio and 192nd nationally. In 2013, the rankings were 5th and 160th, respectively, and in 2012 2nd and 120th. The 4-year graduation rate for the 2012-13 school year was 95.3%. Its principal is Harley Williams.
- 1 Performance
- 2 Athletics
- 3 Clubs
- 4 Band Program
- 5 Orchestra
- 6 Notable alumni
- 7 Notes and references
- 8 External links
In January 2014, BHS was ranked tops in Franklin County for public high schools for the percentage of graduates who needed the least amount of remediation when going on to attend Ohio's public universities.  In 2014, U.S. News & World Report named BHS the 8th best public high school in Ohio and 192nd nationally.  In 2013, the rankings were 5th and 160th, respectively, and in 2012 2nd and 120th. In school year 2011-2012, BHS earned the 6th best average ACT score of any public high school in the state. In school year 2009-2010, BHS earned the 11th best Performance Index (PI) score of any grade 9-12 public high school in the state as well as the 3rd best average ACT score of any public high school in the state. In school year 2008-2009, BHS earned the second highest PI score of any public high school in the state of Ohio. The Bexley City School District is one of the top 5% in the nation based on test scores.
- Bexley High School again achieved an "A" rating from the Ohio Department of Education for the 2012-2013 school year, meeting indicators based on test scores, attendance and graduation rate. 
Bexley runs a comprehensive athletics program, including teams in the following areas: Basketball, Baseball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Volleyball and Wrestling. Bexley purchased artificial grass instead of regular grass for athletes to perform on in the winter of 2003. Teams have won Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships in:
- Girls Soccer- 2009
- Boys Basketball - 1983
- Boys Soccer – 2003,2005
- Girls Volleyball – 1977
- Girls Tennis (OTCA)- 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978
- Boys Tennis (OTCA)- 1975
Corinne Taylor was approved as Athletic Director by the Board of Education at its regular meeting on Monday, July 16, 2012.
Ms. Taylor arrives in Bexley with 6-1/2 years of experience in Athletic Director positions with the Columbus Public Schools, including stints at Centennial High School, East High School and Whetstone High School. Ms. Taylor holds a Master of Arts degree from Ohio State University in Education: Physical Activity and Educational Services including Sports and Exercise Management. Her bachelors’ degrees in the areas of marketing and sports industry were awarded by Ohio University in Athens. She is working towards a master’s in Educational Administration.
In 2007, the Bexley Lions football hired John Smith, former Head Coach at Springfield High School (New Middletown, Ohio which is in northeastern Ohio near Youngstown). Heading into his sixth year of coaching the lions John Smith has gone 22-29 (.431) including Bexley's first playoff game in school history on November 1, 2008.
Recent Football Rival Scores
- Columbus Academy 24-7 Bexley, 11/1/13
- Grandview Heights 48-12 Bexley, 9/20/13
- Whitehall Yearling 35-34, 2 OT, Bexley, 9/27/13
- Bishop Hartley 54-7 Bishop Hartley, 9/10/10
- St. Charles 28-18 Bexley, 8/29/08
After setting a school record for wins in the 2007 season, going 25-2, and ending the season as Regional runner-ups, Bexley has had few successful seasons since. Reasons for this include lack of a consistent coaching staff, and a competitive league. Bexley has continued to improve over the past few years and expects to do well in the near future.
Both the Men's and Women's soccer programs are outstanding, and are widely known around the state and region. Between the men and the women they have combined for 12 State Final Fours since 1999.
The Men's team has won two state championships in its history (2003 and 2005) and have had multiple Final Four and Regional Final finishes. They have also had a flurry of All District, All State, and two All-Americans selection (Daniel Broidy '08 and Jacob Hodge '12). The Men's program won their league championship for 15 straight seasons, until the streak was snapped in 2008. The team was formerly coached by former Bexley player and OWU graduate Greg Kullman and is currently looking for a new head coach.
The Women have been one of the most consistent teams, regardless of sport (in the state) since coach Scott Dempsey took over. They were state finalists in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006,State Runner-Ups in 1999, and State Champions in 2009 (although they were defeated in the championship game, the opposing team was playing with an ineligible player, forcing them to forfeit the championship). The Women have also had multiple All District, All State, and All American recipients.
Bexley's most hated opponent is the Columbus Academy Vikings. This rivalry stems from Columbus Academy being just two miles from Bexley High School before Academy's move to Gahanna,Ohio. Other rivals of Bexley include the Licking Valley Panthers, the Bishop Hartley Hawks, the Whitehall Yearling High School Rams and the St. Charles Cardinals.
- Art Club
- Bexleo (Year Book)
- Ski Club
- Environmental Club
- Book Club
- Key Club
- The Lamplight
- In The Know
- Latin Club - functions as a local chapter of both the Ohio Junior Classical League (OJCL) and National Junior Classical League (NJCL).
- Student Council
- Debate Club
- Lion eNews
- Choirs: Men's Glee, Women's Glee, Men's Chorus,Women's Chorale, and Vocal Ensemble
- Orchestra: Concert Orchestra, Bexley Sinfonia
- Drama Club
- Japanese Club
- LARP Club (Live Action Role Playing)
- Junior Statesmen of America
- Quidditch Club
- Chess Club
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Knitting Club
- National Youth Association
- Fishing Club
- Engineering Club
The Choral program at Bexley High School has been extremely successful for the past decade. The Choral department is broken up into 4 separate choirs. Each choir has a distinct difference from the next, and each focus on different things. All four choirs are directed by Amy Johnston Blosser and accompanied by Matt Ebright.
Men's and Women's Glee are entry level choirs of the four. Emphasis is on healthy tone production and developing the voice. Membership in this group will interest those seeking exposure to vocal works. Musical selection will consist of SA/TB and SSA/TBB music, all of which will cover a wide variety of styles and genres. Students may compete in OMEA contests and perform outside of school. Students will be exposed to the elements of music theory, sight singing training, and vocal pedagogy. Course work emphasizes vocal and written tests in addition to daily rehearsals.
An all women's choir, Women's Chorale is one of the two elite choirs in Bexley High School. There are students who participate in both the Vocal Ensemble, and Women's Chorale. Women's Chorale has performed very well recently at the OMEA District and State competitions in the class A category, most recently receiving a "Superior" rating, the highest rating. Chorale performs a wide variety of music at various performances around the city. They have shared performances with the Capital University Women’s Chorus, The Ohio University Women’s Chorus, and The Ohio State University Women’s Glee Club. In recent years Women’s Chorale has toured to Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Pittsburghand as performed as the "Snow Chorus" with Ballet Met for “The Nutcracker”.
The most prestigious choir in the Bexley High School choral program, it is the goal of most members of the choral program to make it into Vocal Ensemble. The 40 members are chosen through a competitive audition in spring of the previous year. Vocal Ensemble performs a wide variety of music at various performances around the city. They participate in the Ohio Music Educators Association District and State Large Group Contest, consistently receiving Superior ratings. Since 2005, they have received straight Superior ratings in Class AA.
All members of Vocal Ensemble are busy with other activities in addition to choir, including sports, clubs and community groups. Many members study private voice and are active in other musical groups both in school and the community. Since 2004, members have consistently excelled academically, with 90% having a 3.0 GPA or higher. In the 2013-2014 school year, 90% of members have a 3.5 GPA or higher, and two members are National Merit Semi-Finalists.
Vocal Ensemble has shared performances with ensembles from The Ohio State University, Capital University, Ohio University and Baldwin Wallace College. They also performed with the Galron Choir from Israel in 2004. Vocal Ensemble members have worked with many conductors including Eric W. Barnum, David Childs, Christopher Cock, Rollo Dilworth, John Goldsmith, Robert Harris, Ronald Jenkins, James Mulholland, Clayton Parr, Raymond Wise, Jeffrey Redding, Robert Ward and Hilary Apfelstadt.
Since 2003, Vocal Ensemble has toured throughout the United States and Canada including major cities such as New York, Toronto, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Vocal Ensemble was invited to perform at the OCDA Summer Conference in 2007, 2009 and 2011 as well as the OMEA Professional Conference in 2009, 2011 and 2013. They performed for the ACDA Central Division Conference held in Fort Wayne, IN in March 2012. Summer of 2006 took them to Venice, Salzburg, Vienna and Prague to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth. They performed for audiences in San Marco’s Basilica in Venice, St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna and St. Nicholas Church in Prague, as well as many additional impromptu performances. In June 2009, Vocal Ensemble returned to Europe, performing in Haydn Hall in Vienna, St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest and Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Kraków. April 2010 took them to New York City as they were invited to perform in Carnegie Hall and they returned to Europe in June 2012 for a performance tour of London and Paris.
The posting of the members of Vocal Ensemble for the upcoming year is very anticipated by most choir members, and has the possibility of being the highlight of a student's high school career.
This extracurricular group is made up of men from the Vocal Ensemble, Symphonic Choir and Men's Glee. They sing at school functions and some community events as well. They rehearse at the school during lunch and do not receive high school academic credit for participation in the group.
From 1979 to 2007, Jeffrey Schneider was the long-term director of bands at Bexley High School. Following his retirement, the Bexley High School Band is currently under the direction of Andrew Johnson with Assistant Director Alex Brough.
High School Band consists of three separate fields of study starting with the Marching Band during the football season. Students will learn to play various styles of music including rock, pop, funk, and blues while learning to march and play at the same time. Marching Band is a Co-Curricular Board of Education supported class, which follows district policies and students receive a grade for the class. The marching band is also featured in Bexley's 4th of July Parade and Veteran's Day Parade in Downtown Columbus. The band has also performed in Orlando, FL for the Disney Parade.
Concert Band begins at the conclusion of the football season. Students will learn to play various styles of music and instruments that are not available for Marching Band. Concerts are graded performances, including OMEA Contests, and opportunities for OMEA Solo and Ensemble. The Concert Band is a Co-Curricular, Board of Education supported class where students receive a grade and credit for participation. Students must have participated in the Marching Season or have special permission from the Director to be eligible for participation in the Concert Band.
Pep Band is a rewarding, low stress opportunity to perform for Men's and Women's home Varsity Basketball games. Students will perform various styles of music including rock, pop, funk, and jazz. Pep Band is considered an extension of the Concert Band where performances/attendance are graded. Grades will be based on percentages of participation as it has in previous years.
Jazz Band meets in the evenings on a volunteer basis. The Jazz Band performs in the evenings, usually on the same evenings as the Concert Band. Musicians will learn to play and listen to various jazz styles and performers. No experience is necessary to join the Jazz Band and most instruments are accepted in the Jazz Band.
Since 2003, Sandra Crandall has been the director of the Bexley High School Orchestra. Orchestra is split up into two classes: Concert Orchestra, which is the entry-level orchestra and Sinfonia Orchestra, which is the highest level performance group in the orchestra program at Bexley. During the summer, is Orchestra Camp (parallel to Band Camp, which occurs at the time) which has been in session since 1975.
The Bexley Concert Orchestra is a high school entry level group. This ensemble concentrates on building the necessary technical skills for an advanced performance level. The class meets daily and is assessed quarterly. Playing tests, class participation, class preparation, home practice and concert attendance are all assessment criteria. Membership is open to all high school students who play stringed instruments. Bexley Concert Orchestra members are encouraged to participate in OMEA solo and ensemble contest and participate in OMEA large group orchestra state contest as an ensemble. Attendance at all performances is required.
Bexley Sinfonia is the highest level performance group in the orchestra program. The ensemble performs complex and difficult orchestral literature. The class meets daily and is assessed quarterly. Playing tests, class participation, class preparation, home practice and concert attendance are all assessment criteria. Membership is selective and based upon student audition. Music selection will cover a wide variety of styles. Bexley Sinfonia members are encouraged to participate in OMEA solo and ensemble contest and perform at OMEA large group orchestra state contest. They are also members of the Bexley Full Orchestra. This class requires occasional rehearsals outside of the school day. Two unexcused absences from performances may result in dismissal from the group. Attendance at all performances is required.
- Judah Folkman, eminent surgeon & medical researcher in Boston
- Bob Greene, author (Class of 1965; chronicled second semester of junior year and first semester of senior year in his book Be True To Your School)
- Josh Radnor, actor
- R. L. Stine, author
- Kevin S. Huffman, Tennessee Education Commissioner
- Les Wexner, CEO of LTD
- Marco Arment, Founder of Instapaper and early Tumblr engineer
- Captain Willard F. Searle, Jr, USN, U.S. Navy Supervisor of Salvage from 1964 to 1969
- Ross Friedman, professional soccer player, Columbus Crew
- Laurel Lea Schaefer-- Miss America, 1972 (BHS class of 1967) [Miss America website]
Notes and references
- OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Retrieved 2010-02-17.
- NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2010-02-17.[dead link]
- SchoolMatch, an independent school rating service
- OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved 2006-12-31.
- "Executive Board Pre-File Application". OhioJCL.org - June 2007. Internet Archive: Wayback Machine. 2010. Archived from the original on June 17, 2007. Retrieved August 16, 2010.
- "OJCL Constitution". OhioJCL.org - July 2002. Internet Archive: Wayback Machine. 2010. Archived from the original on July 21, 2002. Retrieved August 16, 2010. "... by paying both OJCL annual chapter dues and any annual chapter membership dues required by NJCL."