Lima Senior High School

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Lima Senior High School
1 Spartan Way
Lima, Ohio, (Allen County), 45801-4561
United States
Coordinates 40°44′29″N 84°5′47″W / 40.74139°N 84.09639°W / 40.74139; -84.09639Coordinates: 40°44′29″N 84°5′47″W / 40.74139°N 84.09639°W / 40.74139; -84.09639
Type Public
Established 1955
School district Lima City Schools
Grades 912
Color(s) Scarlet and Gray[1]         
Athletics conference Three Rivers Athletic Conference
Team name Spartans[1]
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Athletic Director James Offenbaker[1]

Lima Senior High School, the only high school in the Lima City Schools District, was established in 1955, in Lima, Ohio. There are approximately 1,500 students currently enrolled at Lima Senior.


Lima Senior remained in the same building for 49 years. The new building was under construction for two years, and was completed in 2004. Construction of the new buildings were contracted for $30,000,000 but went over budget by $20,000,000.[citation needed] The new Lima Senior High School building contained three small learning communities, including the Performance Based, the Progressive Academy, and the School of Multiple Intelligences. Each small school followed an instructional model of teaching core subjects of Ohio class requirements. As of the 2013-1 school year, Lima Senior Highschool has now transitioned into a single institution, dissolving the three small schools. Lima Stadium, home to the Lima Senior Spartans, is a registered historic building listed in the National Register on 2002-03-21.

The Arts are the highlight of the Lima City Schools. Other school systems cut arts programming, but by making the Arts a priority, Lima is in accordance with Gov. Strickland's plan for creative and innovative thinking for the 21st century learner in a global society. Every student in grades K-12 has the opportunity to have music and art every year. There is also an Arts Magnet elementary and middle school which offers instensive art studies. Students concentrating their studies in the Arts in the Lima City Schools have the highest test scores and, as a group, are more likely to be accepted and to complete studies in higher education.

In 1987, Lima Senior High School began formally recognizing the accomplishments of its alumni who had received local, state or national recognition for achievements in their occupational fields, made significant contributions to society, or performed meritorious service for our country by inducting them into the Lima Senior High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. In 1990 the Hall of fame was opened up to all students in the Lima City School District and the name was changed to the Lima City Schools Distinguished Hall of Fame. There are currently 87 alumni honored in the Hall of Fame. Every four years, ten to fifteen outstanding alumni are inducted into the Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony and banquet. All Hall of Fame inductees have their portraits displayed in Lima Senior Highschool's main lobby and cafeteria.[3]

Lima Senior's mascot is the Spartan. They are members of the Three Rivers Athletic Conference. Lima Senior High School sports consist of football, cross country, boys and girls soccer, volleyball, boys and girls basketball, wrestling, boys and girls swimming, indoor and outdoor track, and baseball.

Ohio High School Athletic Association state championships[edit]

Baseball - 1964 DIVISION AA[4][5]

Football – 1996 DIVISION 1[4][6]

Music and The Arts[edit]

In accordance with former Gov. Strickland's education goals for the state, Lima Senior has maintained a full arts department in the high school as well as an arts magnet in one of the middle schools. The music department is constantly growing and the High School has several musical ensembles, and students within those ensembles participate in honors choirs and bands annually. The high school boasts a Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Pep Band, and Jazz Band. The Orchestra Department is in the inaugural year of two orchestras, a Scarlet Orchestra and a Grey Orchestra. The Choral Department hosts the Masterworks Ensemble, the Meridian Chorale, and the Mixed Chorus. Other performing choirs are the Scarlet and Gray Show Choir, and The Spartanaires, a mixed chamber ensemble. All groups in the music department are by audition only, at the discretion of the individual directors.

Notable alumni[edit]

Phyllis Diller (Central High School Class of 1935), Comedian

Adam VonAlmen, Vocalist, won the Lima competition for the hit TV Show "Glee", which is based in Lima

Gary Moeller, former University of Michigan football coach

Tom Barrington, American football running back

Sue W. Kelly, United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 2007

William White, Football Player, started in Super Bowl XXXIII for the Atlanta Falcons.

Bob King, American Olympic athlete

Travis Walton, 2009 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Played in 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship for Michigan St.

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Retrieved 2009-12-15. 
  2. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-06-23. [dead link]
  3. ^ Lima City Schools
  4. ^ a b OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved 2006-12-31. 
  5. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Baseball". Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  6. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Football". Retrieved 2007-02-12.