Garfield Heights High School

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Garfield Heights High School
Garfield Heights High School.jpg
Garfield Heights High School in 2006
4900 Turney Road
Garfield Heights, Ohio, (Cuyahoga County), 44125
United States
Coordinates 41°25′39″N 81°36′54″W / 41.42750°N 81.61500°W / 41.42750; -81.61500Coordinates: 41°25′39″N 81°36′54″W / 41.42750°N 81.61500°W / 41.42750; -81.61500
Type Public, Coeducational high school
School district Garfield Heights City School District
Superintendent Terrance Olszewski[1]
Principal Tammy Hager [1]
Grades 9-12
Color(s) Blue and Gold [1]         
Athletics conference Northeast Ohio Conference[1]
Team name Bulldogs[1]
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [2]
Athletic Director Kevin Hartman[1]

Garfield Heights High School is a public high school located in Garfield Heights, Ohio, about 10 miles southeast of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. It is part of the Garfield Heights City School District. The school currently contains approximately 1500 students. The mascot is the Bulldog and the school colors are navy blue and gold. The current Principal is Tammy Hager.

New Performing Arts Center[edit]

Garfield Heights Board of Education presented the grand opening of the performing arts center on November 3, 2007. The building includes a 792-seat Auditorium, a make-up room, a storage room, several changing rooms for Music Express, Drama performers, and Band members,and two classrooms, one being the Band room, and another for the Choral department.


The school has recently received an "Effective" rating from the state of Ohio, the third highest rating a school can achieve. The district is fed by its own middle school and by three nearby parochial schools.


The school's athletic teams are known as the Bulldogs and mainly belong to the Northeast Ohio Conference,[3] with the exception of the Ice Hockey team which belongs to the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League Blue Division. The school fields athletic teams in football, Track & Field. Also wrestling, baseball, soccer, tennis, golf, basketball, softball, and hockey. The Ohio High School Athletic Association approved bowling as a sanctioned sport starting in the 2006-2007 school year. The 2005-2006 bowling team won a division and league championship.

Basketball team[edit]

The Garfield Heights High School boys’ basketball team won the 2008 Northeast Ohio Conference Championship after posting a 20-1 record, losing only by a single point to Brunswick High School near the end of the season. The team took their record into the difficult Warrensville Heights district where they defeated Nordonia before being upset by Cleveland Heights in the semifinals. Cleveland Heights would go on to lose to state-ranked Warren Harding in the finals. This season saw the first time GH was ever ranked #1 in the Plain Dealer poll and Coach Sonny Johnson has led the team to a 41-4 clip over the last two seasons. Senior forward Rob Wilson will be heading to the University of Wisconsin–Madison on a full athletic scholarship for basketball. Junior point guard Carl "Tay" Jones is widely considered the #1 point guard in all of Ohio and will be attending St. Joseph's University in 2009-2010. The 2010-2011 team lead by Senior point guard Trey Lewis reached the state Final Four before falling to Columbus North in the Division 1 semifinal game.

Ohio High School Athletic Association state championships[edit]


The school also contains several student associations/clubs. The Students of Service program provides community service throughout the community and school. Other programs include: Drama Club Art Club, Book Club, Tech Crew, Computer Club.

Academic Challenge Team[edit]

The GHHS Academic Challenge team has the highest winning percentage of any team in school history.[citation needed] They are in their 23rd season, having won 21 league championships and recently eclipsed 1,300 wins in the history of the program. The team is the most successful of any team in school history, with a winning percentage near .800. On May 5, 2007, the team participated in the Ohio Academic Competition (OAC) State Finals, where they finally won the OAC State Title, defeating defending state champion William V. Fisher Catholic High School in the finals. The team also got second place at the PACE Great Lakes Regional on April 14, 2008, losing to Stow-Munroe Falls High School. On April 19, 2008, the team claimed its 2nd NAQT State Title and on May 3, 2008, the team repeated at OAC State Champions, defeating Solon High School in the finals 58-44. The team started the 2007-2008 school year ranked #23 in the country and #1 in the state of Ohio. The team performed well at both the PACE and NAQT National Tournaments and represented Ohio at the Panasonic Academic Challenge in Orlando. After the 2007-2008 season, Coach Bob Kilner retired after leading the team to over 700 wins and four state titles. Assistant Coach Helen Lindsay took over with the assistance of English teacher Jeffrey Cunningham. The revamped team did well during the 2009-2010 season and traveled to New Orleans to participate in a National Tournament. The team earned a spot at Nationals by winning the televised Academic Challenge on Cleveland's ABC network affiliate. Matthew Barker is the current head coach of a very young but promising team.

Music Express[edit]

This past 2007 season Garfield Heights Music Express competed in 6 competitions, both in Ohio, and West Virginia. Under the direction of Mr. Stephen Pernod, and Mrs. Reiko Carey, choreographed by Yuri Doolan and combo Director Mr. David Luddington, Music Express took their 2007 show "Light the Fire Within" and won two Grand Championships in both Beavercreek (their first competition of the year) and Grove City's show choir competitions. This was a first for Music Express. Their novelty number "Super Geek" won over not only audiences, but judges, winning two judges choice awards for this number. They also brought home Best Choreography, Best Crew, Best Combo, Best Vocals, and many more. This past 20015 season Garfield Heights Music Express competed in 6 competitions, both in Ohio, and West Virginia. Under the direction of Mr. Stephen Pernod, and Mrs. Reiko Carey, choreographed by Shane Coe. Music Express took their 20015 show "Superhero" and won one Grand Championship in Wapakoneta.

Academic awards[edit]

  • 2007-2008 GHHS Academic Team—OAC STATE CHAMPIONS
  • 2007-2008 GHHS Academic Team—NAQT State Champions
  • 2007-2008 GHHS Academic Team—Preseason Polls—1st in Ohio, 23rd Nationally
  • 2006-2007 GHHS Academic Team—OAC STATE CHAMPIONS
  • 2006-2007 GHHS Academic Team—NAQT Division I - 4th Place

(Team Captain Dan Humphrey was named State MVP)

  • 2005-2006 GHHS Academic Team—NAQT Division I State Champions

(Team Captain Jim Hrdlicka was named State MVP)

  • 2004-2005 GHHS Academic Team—NAQT Division I State Runners-Up
  • 1998-1999 GHHS Academic Team—OAC State Runners-Up
  • 1996-1997 GHHS Academic Team—OAC State Runners-Up
  • 1989-1990 GHHS Academic Team—OAC State Runners-Up
  • 1986-1988, 1990–2000, 2003-2008 GHHS Academic Team—Northeast Ohio Academic League Champions
  • 1989, 2001, 2002, 2009 GHHS Academic Team—Northeast Ohio Academic League Runners-Up

Notable alumni[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  2. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2010-02-17. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Member Schools". NOC. 2009. Retrieved 20 September 2009. 
  4. ^ OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved 2006-12-31. 
  5. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Wrestling". Retrieved 2007-02-12.