Elyria High School

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Elyria High School
Elyria High School logo.jpg
601 Middle Avenue
Elyria, Ohio, 44035
United States
Type Public, Coeducational high school
Established 1830
Status Open
School district Elyria City School District
Superintendent Paul Rigda
Principal Thomas Jama
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2113 (approx.)
Color(s) Red, White, and Black [1]             
Slogan "Ensuring that each child reaches his or her full potential"
Fight song Our Director
Athletics conference Northeast Ohio Conference[1]
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Soccer, Tennis, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Softball, Swimming, Track, Volleyball, and Wrestling.
Mascot Petey The Pioneer
Nickname Pioneers[1]
Rival Elyria Catholic High School
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Publication The Page
Newspaper The Herald
Yearbook The Elyrian
Elyria High School - Washington Building
Washington building-EHS.JPG
Washington Building during renovation in 2010.
Elyria High School is located in Ohio
Elyria High School
Location SW corner of 6th St. and Middle Ave., Elyria, Ohio
Coordinates 41°21′43″N 82°6′28″W / 41.36194°N 82.10778°W / 41.36194; -82.10778Coordinates: 41°21′43″N 82°6′28″W / 41.36194°N 82.10778°W / 41.36194; -82.10778
Area 3.6 acres (1.5 ha)
Built 1893 (1893)
Architectural style Romanesque
Governing body Local
MPS Elyria MRA
NRHP Reference # 79002735[3]
Added to NRHP August 13, 1979

Elyria High School is a high school in Elyria, Ohio. Founded in 1830, it is notable for being the first chartered high school west of the Allegheny Mountains. Elyria High School athletic teams compete in the newly formed Northeast Ohio Conference.[4]

In 2007, Elyria passed Issue 7 allowing for a new high school to built. All but the Washington building were demolished. A new athletic wing, academic building, cafeteria, and performing arts wing were all built, including a Performing Arts Center. The Washington Building was restored. The buildings were fully completed in December 2011.


Elyria High School has been through several reconstructions and additions throughout its history. The oldest section, the Washington Building, built in 1894, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Technology building was built in 1913 with additions constructed in the 1920s. The red-brick Lincoln Building was built in the 1950s on the former site of Lincoln School which was completed in 1924. It connects the Washington and Technology buildings. The vocational building stands separate from the rest of the school. The last addition, including the big gym and auditorium, was completed in 1956. In 1996, Elyria West High School, the city's former second high school, was closed down and the students were consolidated for the start of the 1996-1997 school year. Two separate facilities spread across the city are used for athletics, Pioneer Fields and Ely Stadium, which host soccer and football, baseball, track, and various other athletics and events respectively.


Due to Elyria High School's age and extremely poor condition posing a safety hazard to staff and students, it is in the process of being reconstructed supported by an issue known as Issue 7. Issue 7 was passed on May 8, 2007 after three previous attempts. The new building is being constructed adjacent to the current high school and will connect with the historical Washington Building, which is to be renovated. It will be a nearly $70 million project spanning two city blocks and will be 300,000 square feet (28,000 m2). The new school will be built in phases, with phase 1 which includes the main academics center being scheduled for conclusion by the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year. Following phase 1, demolition of the current building and construction of the gymnasiums and cafeteria will begin on the grounds of the old building and will be connected to the new building and will conclude the entire construction project for the 2011-2012 school year. The building is set to be finished for the 2012-2013 school year.

Organizations and clubs[edit]

Elyria High School offers many after school clubs, formed by students and advisors. Each club has a president. Below are a list of clubs offered at the high school.

  • LEO Club - Community service group based on Lions International.
  • Key Club - Community service group affiliated with Key Club Worldwide.
  • French/Spanish/German Club - Foreign language clubs.
  • Yearbook - Group that works on The Elyrian and puts the yearbook together.
  • Herald - School Newspaper group.
  • Link Crew - Group that assists all freshmen at the school. Hold events and activities for freshmen only.
  • Yoga Club - Offers yoga practices for all students.
  • FACS Club - Family and Consumer Science will cook good and offer community service assistance.
  • Academic Challenge Team- Quiz bowl based team that participates in both the WEOL Scholastic Games and WEWS Academic Challenge television program.
  • Gender Equality Movement - Focuses on equalizing men and women and also discusses the issues at hand.
  • Presidents Club - Gathering of all the Presidents of the clubs to discuss school issues and other priorities.
  • Sign Choir - Group that offers choir services to special needs students and others.

By 2014 a gay-straight alliance appeared in the school. As a result, a group of parents in the school district are threatening to reject an item for the May 2014 voting ballot, a renewal levy. [5]

Elyria's Yearbook, The Elyrian, celebrated its 100th edition with the 2013-2014 school year.

Notable alumni[edit]

Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships[edit]

*1992 baseball title won by Elyria West High School prior to consolidation.


  1. ^ a b c OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Retrieved 2010-04-02. 
  2. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2010-04-02. 
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  4. ^ "Member Schools". NOC. 2009. Retrieved 20 September 2009. 
  5. ^ Roberson, Lisa. "Parents threaten to sink Elyria Schools renewal." (Archive) The Chronicle-Telegram. March 22, 2014. Retrieved on March 23, 2014.
  6. ^ a b c OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved 2006-12-31. 
  7. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Wrestling". Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  8. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Baseball". Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  9. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Softball". Retrieved 2007-02-12. 

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