Magnolia High School (West Virginia)

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Magnolia High School
601 Maple Avenue
New Martinsville, West Virginia, (Wetzel County), 26155
United States
Coordinates 39°38′47″N 80°51′41″W / 39.646304°N 80.861328°W / 39.646304; -80.861328Coordinates: 39°38′47″N 80°51′41″W / 39.646304°N 80.861328°W / 39.646304; -80.861328
School type Public
School board Wetzel County Schools
Superintendent Mr. Dennis Albright
Principal Kathi D. Schmalz
Grades 912
Enrollment 440 (2012-2013)
Language English
Color(s) Navy blue and old gold         
Team name Blue Eagles
Yearbook 'The Magnolian'
Athletic Director Brian L. Castilow
Band Director Thomas J. Myers

Magnolia High School (MHS) is a public secondary school in New Martinsville, West Virginia, United States. It is part of the Wetzel County Schools district and is located at 601 Maple Avenue. As of the 2012-13 school year, enrollment is 435 students. The feeder school for Magnolia is New Martinsville School. Its partner in education is Bayer, Progressive Bank, and Wendy's.



Magnolia's sports teams are now known as the "Blue Eagles". However, prior to 1933, the teams were known as the Blue Blizzard. The school changed the mascot to the Blue Eagles, the symbol of Franklin Roosevelt's National Recovery Act.


The current building is the fifth incarnation of the school, having been built in 1987-1988 and opened for use in the 1988-89 school year. The building is built on the site of the fourth building, which was built in 1923 to house a rapidly growing student population. That building was razed after the completion of the new school; currently, the auditorium and music departments sit on that site. A portion of that building still stands, as it was part of a 1960 addition to the school. The former shop and vocational rooms have been renovated and house home economics, art, driver education, and health/wellness classrooms.

Clubs and Organizations[edit]

Magnolia's chapter of TSA won Outstanding Chapter in West Virginia 16 consecutive years (1995-2011), reliquishing the title to Tyler Consolidated High School in 2012.


  • Spirit Week for Homecoming
  • Annual Publication--The Magnolian (103rd edition)
  • Promenade at New Martinsville City Building (established 2002)
  • Musical Theater--the school has one of the longest running musical theater programs in West Virginia, dating from 1963 and producing over 50 years of various types of musical theater programming.

Alma mater[edit]

(tune: Annie LIsle)

Praise, oh, praise the sons and daughters,

Of our dear old school.

To her always we'll be faithful,

Faithful and so true.

Hail, oh, hail old dear Magnolia,

Hold your banner high.

While the gold and blue is waving,

We'll be standing by.

Fight song[edit]

(tune: On Wisconsin)

"On Magnolia"

On Magnolia, on Magnolia,

Scholars true and brave,

Make our school the very best one,

In the U.S.A (rah, rah, rah).

We'll e'er be true, yes, true to you,

So match us if you dare.

We'll sing the praise of Old Magnolia,




Magnolia's athletic teams currently play in the WVSSAC at the A level and the OVAC at the AAA level. Teams include:

  • Boys: Football, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Golf, Wrestling, Track, Cross Country, Cheerleading
  • Girls: Soccer, Basketball, Softball, Volleyball, Track, Cross Country, Cheerleading

Recently, the WVSSAC realigned its athletic divisions and has announced that the school will be rated as a WV A level school, based on 2011 school enrollments. The school is eligible to continue compete at the AA level; however, a decision has been made to compete at the A level

Championships by Sport[edit]

Magnolia carries a rich tradition of high school championships:[1][2]

  • State Football Champions in 1964, 2010
  • State Baseball Champions in 1989, 2006
  • State Boys Basketball Champions in 1961, 1962, 2000, 2003
  • State Girls Basketball Champions in 2005
  • State Boys Cross Country Champions in 1981, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1996
  • State Girls Cross Country Champions in 1983, 1986, 1987
  • State Boys Track Champions in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2011
  • State Girls Track Champions in 1979, 1985, 1995, 1996, 1997
  • State Volleyball Champions in 1983, 1984, 1999
  • OVAC Football Champions in 1960, 1961, 1972, 1973, 1981, 1991, 1992, 1998, 2001, 2009, 2010, 2012
  • OVAC Baseball Champions in 1976, 1980, 1994, 2001, 2009, 2013
  • OVAC Boys Basketball Champions in 1951, 2011
  • OVAC Girls Basketball Champions in 2004
  • OVAC Boys Cross Country Champions in 1977, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 2011
  • OVAC Girls Cross Country Champions in 1982, 1983
  • OVAC Boys Track Champions in 1983, 1984, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • OVAC Girls Track Champions in 1979, 1980, 1991, 1997
  • OVAC Volleyball Champions in 1991, 2007
  • OVAC Boys Soccer Champions in 1999
  • OVAC Wrestling Champions in 2013
  • OVAC Softball Champions in 2004, 2006, 2012


Magnolia has been playing high school football since 1903 and has more than 600 victories. In 1912, Magnolia beat Woodsfield, Ohio 157-0 which still stands as the state record for the most points scored in a game.[3]

A Magnolia football player has won the Kennedy Award on three occasions: Mark Cisar (twice) and Justin Fox.


  • One of the oldest public high schools in West Virginia (established 1879), first graduating class 1896
  • Has graduated 118 classes
  • One of the oldest bands in the state of West Virginia (establish 1926)
  • Basketball established 1914
  • Baseball established 1916

Notable alumni[edit]

Well known graduates of Magnolia include:

  • Bill Stewart, former head football coach at West Virginia University
  • Dr. Robert Thomas, concert pianist and Professor of Piano at Miami University
  • Chris Booker, radio personality
  • James "Jim" Forbes, Director of Communications for Congressman Mike Bost (R) Illinois, former television news anchor for WTRF-TV, former assistant to Rep. David McKinley (R) WV
  • Friend Ebenezer Clark, chemist, teacher, namesake of Chemistry Hall at West Virginia University
  • John Calloway, former Chicago area sports writer/commentator
  • Charles Gorby, music dealer/music director[4]
  • Ron (Ronnie) Henthorn (All State W. Va. Track Athlete and All American Football Player, The Ohio State University). CEO/President Alertware Technologies Worldwide. PHD, The Ohio State University. Lived in Columbus, Ohio and now resides in Boca Raton, Florida. Partner/owner Toronto Raptors
  • Sam Shepherd. Creator of Sam Shepherd Fitness. 2011 graduate currently worldly renowned as top young fitness model.


  • Mrs. Kathi D. Schmalz, Principal
  • Mr. Mark K. Batton, Assistant Principal
  • Mrs. Valerie Stevens, Guidance Counselor
  • Ms. Rebecca McClain, Guidance Counselor
  • Mr. Keith Riggle, Social Studies
  • Mrs. Trisha Hartline, Social Studies
  • Mr. Brian Castilow, Social Studies/Athletic Director
  • Mr. Thomas Tisher, Social Studies
  • Mr. Mark Lemasters, Chemistry, Physics/Yearbook, Technology Coordinator, AP Chemistry
  • Mrs. Deborah Rothacher, Biology, College Biology, College Anatomy
  • Mr. Michael Harwick, Biology/General Science
  • Mrs. Ashley Johnson, English
  • Mrs. Pat Jeffers, English
  • Miss Katrina Adkins, English, AP English Language and Composition
  • Miss Stacey Barcus, English/Spanish, College English
  • Mrs. Courtney Myers, Spanish, AP Comparative Government
  • Mrs. Jesse Robinson, Special Education
  • Mrs. Vicki Natali, Special Education
  • Mrs. Diane Brown, Special Education
  • Mrs. Jan Emch, Special Education
  • Ms. Kelly Murphy, Special Education/Autism
  • Mrs. Rebecca Moore, Special Education
  • Mr. Josh Sims, Special Education
  • Mr. Steve Ross, Mathematics
  • Mrs. Sandra Hinerman, Mathematics, AP Calculus
  • Miss Holly Cain, Mathematics
  • Mr. Michael Shank, Mathematics
  • Mr. John Smith, Agricultural Science
  • Mrs. Nikki Doty, Technology Education
  • Mr. Trey Meeks, Business Education/Football Coach
  • Mr. James West, Business Education
  • Mr. Dan Henthorn, Theater
  • Mrs. Leslie Day, Art
  • Mr. Thomas Myers, Music/Band Director
  • Mr. Mark Blair, Driver Education
  • Mr. Donald Gilbert, Physical Education
  • Mr. Dillon Mangino, Physical Education
  • Mrs. Donna Sands, School Nurse
  • Miss Lark Higginbotham, Home Economics

See also[edit]


  1. ^ WVSSAC Champion Records
  2. ^ OVAC Champion Records
  3. ^ The InterMountain
  4. ^ Biography