Charles F. Brush High School

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Charles F. Brush High School
Brush High School.JPG
4875 Glenlyn Road
Lyndhurst, Ohio, (Cuyahoga County), 44124
United States
Coordinates 41°31′20″N 81°30′17″W / 41.52222°N 81.50472°W / 41.52222; -81.50472Coordinates: 41°31′20″N 81°30′17″W / 41.52222°N 81.50472°W / 41.52222; -81.50472
Type Public, Coeducational high school
Established 1927
School district South Euclid Lyndhurst City Schools
Superintendent Linda N. Reid [1]
Principal Karl J. Williamson[2]
Asst. Principal Andrea Walker, Audrey Walker, Joe Komperda, Larraine Freeman[3]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1520
Color(s) Brown and Gold [1]         
Fight song Washington and Lee
Athletics conference Northeast Ohio Conference[1]
Mascot Arcy the Arc Lamp
Nickname Arcs
Team name Arcs[1]
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [4]
Athletic Director Mike Murphy[1]

Charles F. Brush High School is a public high school in Lyndhurst, Ohio. The school is named for Charles F. Brush, the Ohio-born inventor of the arc light.

Map of Ohio with Lyndhurst highlighted.

Brush has approximately 1700 students. The school, which is situated close to the border of Lyndhurst's larger neighbor to the west, South Euclid, serves as the sole high school in the South Euclid-Lyndhurst City School District.

Brush High School's athletic teams, known as the "Arcs," compete in the Lake division of the Northeast Ohio Conference, which consists of 18 schools in Northeast Ohio.[5]

School history[edit]

  • In 1912, prior to the construction of Brush High School, students attended South Euclid School House at the corner of Mayfield & Green Roads. The first class graduated in 1916.
  • In 1927 Brush High School opened, providing students in South Euclid and Lyndhurst with a centralized high school.
  • In 1961, Korb Field became the brightest nighttime football field in the country as General Electric engineers from NELA Park installed experimental mercury floodlights.
  • In 1962 the B wing and John C. Welser Gymnasium were added, giving the school a new library and gym.
  • In 1974 the C wing, which houses mostly the art and business departments, and the D wing, housing a new cafeteria and the science and math departments were added.
  • In 2004 artificial turf was installed in Korb Field.
  • 2008 - Former First lady and 2008 Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton visits Brush High School for February 15 rally.

School information[edit]

Start time 8:05 am
End time 2:52 pm

Principals: Karl J. Williamson
Assistant Principals: Larraine Freeman, Andrea Walker, Audrey Walker, Joe Komperda
Athletic Director: Mike Murphy

School layout

Brush is separated into four sections. The A wing is the original building which opened in 1927. In addition to classrooms, the A wing houses the East Gymnasium. The B wing was added in 1962 and houses the school's English department, along with the library. The B Wing also houses some math classrooms. Not long after, John C. Welser Gymnasium was added to the school, named for Brush's coach in the 1920s. The C and D wings were added in the 1970s. Brush also has an LGI room which is used as a studio for the Brush Audio Video Department. Brush A/V is home to AV/TV which can be seen on Time Warner Cable's local Public-access television Channel 22 and AT&T U-verse's local Government-access television (GATV) cable TV Channel 99.

The Performing Arts Center was built with the original school. The upper seating is no longer used. It has been renovated over the years. The Brush drama & music programs and A/V program regularly use this facility, and it also used for some assemblies and meetings.

Alternative and Vocational Education[edit]

Brush caters to the learning needs of many types of students. There are curricula tailored to fit coursework for remedial, comprehensive, and Advanced Placement students in all subjects. New classes are added each year.

Brush is a part of the interscholastic Mayfield Excel Tech Program. Brush is home to Auto Mechanics, Business Academy, and Cosmetology. During their Junior and Senior year, students may attend vocational programs at other schools: Aurora, Beachwood, Euclid, Orange, Mayfield, Solon, and West Geauga.

Brush has an alternative school called Arc Tech Academy. Adjacent to the campus, Arc Tech is housed in a former church located at the corner of Daytona and Mayfield Roads.


The Brush campus is home to eight tennis courts, a turfed multipurpose athletic field for football and soccer, a track, and a softball field. The Arcs baseball team uses the facilities at Greenview Upper Elementary School, the swim team uses the pools at John Carroll University in University Heights and Notre Dame College in South Euclid, and the hockey team uses the Cleveland Heights Recreation Center ice rink as their home rink.


In 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 the boys varsity basketball team won the NOC Division title, and for the 2011-2012 season they clinched the conference championship with a 53-44 win over Cuyahoga Falls See Article. The girls basketball team also won the division title in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011.


The 1985 team was runner-up state champions. In 2009-2010 season the varsity team won the NOC Division championship.


In the 1983-1984 season, the Brush High football team won the Greater Cleveland Conference.

In 2005, the Brush High football team made its first appearance in the OHSAA State Playoffs under then head coach Jason Hall. After defeating North Olmsted High School in a regional qualifying game 28-7, the team was paired against St. Edward High School (10-1) of Cleveland set to play in Cleveland Browns Stadium the next weekend. Being defeated 49-0, the season is still remembered in the Welser Hall Trophy case, as the famous helmet in hand picture risen up by a Brush player sits in the main case. The 2005 team, while going 7-3, is the only team in Brush history to qualify for the state playoffs.


The Brush wrestling team placed 3rd in their pool at the 2008 Disney National Scholastic duals in Orlando, Florida.


The high school's cheer-leading squad was also featured on a 2009 episode of MTV's Made called Brush High School Cheerleaders.

Clubs & Organizations[edit]

The diverse student body at Brush takes part in many student clubs. Examples of these include: Brush Soundsation Show Choir, Art Club, Anime Club, Asian Awareness, Photo Club, Poetry Club, Drama, Gospel Choir, German Club, Key Club, Academic Team, Christian Fellowship, Chess, Student Congress, Knitting club, Robotics, Environmental club, a Gourmet Cooking Club, Student Library Advisory Club, Entrepreneurship Club and Web Club. A trading card club is currently in the works, and students also have the option to start a new club or sports team. Until recently, the school had published a student newspaper named The Arc Light.[when?]

The Brush Bands or the Brush Arcs Marching Band is currently under the direction of Director Kaylee Flynt and Assistant Directors Barry Hartz & Nathan Harris. Mrs. Flynt accepted the position in August 2010 when former band director Brad Leyrer accepted an assistant principal position at the same high school. The band is currently one of the largest organization in the school. In recent years, the band has performed at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, as well as in Norfolk, Virginia and at the Ohio State University (Skull Session). The band also does a numerous parades including the annual South Euclid Memorial Day Parade, and the Lyndhurst Home Days Parade. On the morning of Friday September 23, 2005, the Brush Band played for News Channel 5 on Good Morning Cleveland. The Brush band plays a variety of songs including Longtime from the group Boston, Get It On by Chase, Birdland from the group Weather Report, Karn Evil 9 (First Impression Part Two) by Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheep by AC/DC, Bad Medicine by Bon Jovi, and AD 1928 / Rockin The Paradise from the group Styx. More information about the Brush bands is located on the following website: [1]

AV/TV Productions[edit]

AV/TV Productions is the school's production team, serving all of the South Euclid-Lyndhurst City School District's production needs. The program is run by Michael Bubnow, a former Production Director who has worked for numerous companies including, among others, HBO, M.T.V, VH-1 and NBC (Olympics). Theatre production experience includes lighting and sound in Las Vegas. The production team, consisting of all high school students, produces various shows including Band Concerts, Basketball, Football, and "District Dialogues". The team also produces studio quality video in the high school's LGI Studio, filled with state-of-the-art audio and video equipment. The team also helps to produce various elements of live theatre. The team assists with lighting, professional audio, and stage direction. All stage productions take place in the high school's P.A.C. (Performing Arts Center). They have helped to produce various shows over the years, more recent shows include The Fantasticks, Tartuffe, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma!, The Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast, and most recently Disney's Cinderella. Among other accomplishments, the crew helped to produce a political rally at the high school for Senator Hillary Clinton, including a live closed circuit video and audio feed to the P.A.C., which acted as an overflow room when the maximum capacity of the Welser Gym was reached. A collection of the team's productions can be streamed online or seen on the South Euclid/Lyndhurst, Ohio local Channel 22 provided by Time Warner Cable and Channel 99 provided by AT&T U-verse.

Notable alumni[edit]

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