Cleveland Heights High School
|Cleveland Heights High School|
|13263 Cedar Road
Cleveland Heights, Ohio, (Cuyahoga County), 44118
|Type||Public, Coeducational high school|
|School district||Cleveland Heights – University Heights City School District|
|Color(s)||Black and Gold |
|Slogan||Let's Go Tigers! Eat 'Em Up, Eat 'Em Up!|
|Athletics conference||Lake Erie League|
|Athletic Director||Kristin Hughes|
Cleveland Heights High School (or commonly known as Heights) is the senior high school of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District.
Cleveland Heights High School was founded in 1901. The current student population is more than 1800, with 18 students per full-time teacher. The school is mostly African-American, with 76% identifying themselves as such, and Caucasian (19%), multiracial (4%) and Asian (1%) minorities.
Heights is known for its athletic teams, which play in Division I.
The school is known for its strong music departments, including the Vocal Music Department (VMD) which include A Cappella, Men's and Woman's Barbershop, Singers, and Men and Women's choruses. There is also a Gospel Choir which is an extracurricular group. The Instrumental Music Department (IMD) consists of the well respected Heights High Symphony, Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Concert Orchestra, Marching Band, Jazz Lab, and Jazz Band. During the 1960 and 1970s, Heights High's music programs were nationally renowned with the Choir and Orchestra considered amongst the best in the country. For a number of years, world renowned musicians performed with the Orchestra and the Heights Band & Orchestra Parents organization and Heights Choir Parents Organization played a major role in promoting music and making Heights High synonymous with the highest quality music. Recently, the Heights High Symphony, Symphonic Winds and Jazz Ensemble competed in the 2007 Heritage Festival in Chicago, Illinois culminating at an award ceremony at Medieval Times where the Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Jazz Ensemble received Gold (or Superior) ratings.
The school is also known for its student-run newspaper, The Black & Gold, as well as for its former AP Calculus BC program.
The life stories of forty-eight fascinating graduates of Cleveland Heights High School are featured in the book Every Tiger Has a Tale written by Gary Stromberg, a 1968 graduate of the school.
In 1991, the school won the 23rd National High School chess tournament. The team consisted of Andy Gard, Joshua Jex, Ari Singer and Wenning Xing. Wenning Xing also tied for the second place individual spot with a score of 6.0 out of seven; Josh Waitzkin (of "Searching for Bobby Fischer" fame) took first place with 6.5 out of seven.
Gates Foundation involvement
Heights High School recently became a pilot school for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Small schools movement. Heights has divided itself into what used to be five and now four small schools designed to improve student achievement based on an individual's learning style. The five schools at Heights are:
- Mosaic Experience
- P.R.I.D.E was removed after the 2010-2011 school year
Much controversy among the student population and teachers as well has risen around the implementation of Small Schools at Heights as well as how they have been run.
In popular culture
Cleveland Heights High School featured in the 2006 movie The OH in Ohio that included Mischa Barton and Danny DeVito. The cafeteria and pool are easily recognizable, along with other spots frequented by Heights High students such as Coventry Village.
Ohio High School Athletic Association state championships
- Baseball — 1947 
- Basketball — 1997 
- Hockey — 1987
- Swimming — 1932, 1933, 1934, 1965
- Wrestling — 1976 
- Track and Field — 1941, 1982, 2008
- Girls Track and Field — 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995
Other non-OHSAA state titles
- Barry Cofield '02, NFL player for the Washington Redskins
- Chuck Cooper '72 Tony Award winning actor
- Charles Dolan '45, founder of Cablevision and HBO
- Eric Fingerhut '77, former member of the United States House of Representatives
- Donald A. Glaser '44, Nobel Prize-winning Physicist
- Darrell Issa '71, current member of the United States House of Representatives
- Jason Kelce '06, NFL player for the Philadelphia Eagles
- Travis Kelce '08, NFL player for the Kansas City Chiefs
- Ron Klein '75, former member of the United States House of Representatives
- Steven C. LaTourette '72, former member of the United States House of Representatives
- Peter B. Lewis '51, CEO of Progressive Insurance
- Thomas Mack '62, former NFL player for the Los Angeles Rams and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
- Leza McVey '26, artist
- Harvey Sachs '64, writer
- Milton Shapp '29, former Governor of Pennsylvania
- John A. Shaud '51, retired four-star general, United States Air Force
- Mel Tucker, NFL coach, currently the Chicago Bears defensive coordinatior
- Bert L. Wolstein '45, real estate developer and philantharopist
- Bobby Worth '29, songwriter
- Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley '76, current U.S. Ambassador Republic of Malta
- Howard Kohr '74 CEO AIPAC - American Israel Public Affairs Committee  
- Brent Routman '74 President Minnesota Bar 2011-2012 
Notes and references
- OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Retrieved 2010-02-17.
- Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District
- Yappi. "Yappi Sports Baseball". Retrieved 2007-02-12.
- Yappi. "Yappi Sports Basketball D1". Retrieved 2007-02-12.
- Yappi. "Yappi Sports Wrestling". Retrieved 2007-02-12.