Olentangy High School

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Olentangy High School
675 Lewis Center Road
Lewis Center, Ohio, 43035
United States
Coordinates 40°12′18″N 83°1′15″W / 40.20500°N 83.02083°W / 40.20500; -83.02083Coordinates: 40°12′18″N 83°1′15″W / 40.20500°N 83.02083°W / 40.20500; -83.02083
Type Public, Coeducational
Opened 1953
School district Olentangy Local School District
Superintendent Wade Lucas
Principal Tom McDonnell
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,375 (May 1, 2013)
Student to teacher ratio 15:1
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Blue and Gold[1]         
Athletics conference Ohio Capital Conference[1]
Mascot Brave
Nickname Braves
Rival Big Walnut, Olentangy Liberty, Olentangy Orange
USNWR ranking 10th / 873 in Ohio (2012)
National ranking 256th / 22,000 (2012)
Publication The Beacon
Yearbook Golden Arrow

Olentangy High School is a public comprehensive secondary school located in Lewis Center, Ohio operated by the Olentangy Local School District.

In 2007, the school was ranked as the 97th best high school in the U.S. by Newsweek.[2] Then, in 2012 the school was ranked tenth in the state by U.S. News [3] For the school year of 2011-2012 the highschool received an "Excellent" on the preliminary state report card.[4]


Olentangy High School opened in 1953 on Shanahan Road for students in grades 9-12. Since 1990 the district has experienced significant enrollment growth. The school district has opened fifteen elementary schools, two additional high schools, Olentangy Liberty High School and Olentangy Orange High School, and a fifth middle school, Berkshire Middle School which opened in August 2011.[5]

The school offers a wide array of standard courses in secondary education, including a number of classes in music, visual arts and theater. Advanced placement courses in language, science, mathematics, art, music, and social studies are also available. The average daily student enrollment is 1,257 according to the school's state report card in the year of 2011-2012.[4]

The school principal is Tom McDonnell. The nickname for the school's athletic teams is the Braves and the girls teams are the Lady Braves.[6]


In the early 1900s one room school houses scattered among the landscape made up the local education system in Delaware County. Beginning in 1911, those schools consolidated into four K-12 facilities throughout the county. The Powell school was the first to open in 1911 followed by Hyatts in 1914, Berlin in 1915 and Orange in 1916. These were the only schools in the area until 1952 when construction began on one consolidated school located on Shanahan Road. The new school, Olentangy High School, allowed students in grades 1-8 to remain at their original school then come together for grades 9-12.

In 1961 Liberty Union Elementary School was built as a junior high school for kindergarten, seventh and eighth grade students. The new school was built as a neighbor to the Olentangy High School on Shanahan Road and was open to students in 1963.

In 1969 some major changes began when the Orange school closed and the Shanahan Road complex housed students in grades K-12 for the first time. In 1973, Berlin, Hyatts and Powell schools also closed bringing all of the students in the area to one general location on Shanahan Road. The connection between the Liberty Union Elementary School and Olentangy High School was completed allowing room for all students in one general campus. The district continued operating this way until 1990 when the current Olentangy High School was opened on Lewis Center Road. On March 4, 2008, the Olentangy school district passed its levy and bond that was proposed by Superintendent Dr. Scott Davis .[7]


The school screens for drug use in all sports, with 10% of student-athletes chosen randomly at the start of each season for drug testing.[8] A member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association, Olentangy won a division AA state championship in girls' cross country in 1982.[9] The boys lacrosse team were the 1998 Division 3 State Champions. In 2005, the girls lacrosse team brought home a Division 2 State Championship title for the Braves. The official colors of the school's athletic teams are royal blue and athletic gold.

Notable alumni[edit]

Kenny Anunike- professional football player

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Retrieved 2010-02-17. [dead link]
  2. ^ Olentangy Local High School District Communications Department (2006-05-08). "Olentangy's High School Rank Among Newsweek's Best". Retrieved 2007-07-02. [dead link]
  3. ^ http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/ohio/districts/olentangy-local/ olentangy-high-school-15493
  4. ^ a b 2011-2012 State Report Card. (2012). Retrieved December 16, 2012, from http://www.olentangy.k12.oh.us/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/ OHS-Report-Card-prelim.pdf
  5. ^ "Olentangy Orange High School". Olentangy Local School District. 2007-09-18. Retrieved 2007-10-02. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Olentangy High School". Olentangy Local School District. 2007-09-18. Retrieved 2007-10-02. [dead link]
  7. ^ "The History of Olentangy Local Schools". Olentangy Local School District. 2007-07-12. Retrieved 2007-10-02. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Athletic Department". Olentangy Local School. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  9. ^ State Tournament Program, OHSAA fall cross-country tournament

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