Pickerington High School Central

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Pickerington High School Central
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Pickerington High School Central
Address
300 Opportunity Way
Pickerington, Ohio, (Fairfield County), 43147
United States
Coordinates 39°52′34″N 82°45′20″W / 39.87611°N 82.75556°W / 39.87611; -82.75556Coordinates: 39°52′34″N 82°45′20″W / 39.87611°N 82.75556°W / 39.87611; -82.75556
Information
Type Public, Coeducational high school
Established 1940
School district Pickerington Local School District
Superintendent Rob Walker
Principal Zack Howard[1]
Asst. Principal Stacy Tennenbaum, Jim Campbell, Holly Hollopeter, Amy Wilder
Faculty 90
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,281 (2012)
Color(s) Purple and White [1]         
Athletics conference Ohio Capital Conference[1]
Team name Tigers[1]
Yearbook Picktonian
Athletic Director Tony Tucker[1]
Rivals Pickerington High School North, Reynoldsburg High School, and Lancaster High School
Website

Pickerington High School Central is a public high school in Pickerington, Ohio. It is one of two high schools in the Pickerington Local School District. Their nickname is the Tigers. Prior to the opening of Pickerington High School North, it was known simply as "Pickerington High School". Pickerington High School Central was known as Violet Township High School from 1906 to 1939 and as Pickerington High School from 1940 to 2003 before being renamed as its current title as Pickerington High School Central. Before that time there were many schools in the Pickerington/Violet Township area, including the Pickerington School (c.1883), a two-story, two room school that was built to replace the original building, which now houses Heritage Elementary.

Pickerington Ridgeview Junior High School[edit]

RJHS is located at 130 Hill Road South and houses 7th and 8th grade. Ridgeview Junior High, formerly Pickerington Junior High, and before that, Pickerington High School. The school was built in 1964 to replace the building that currently houses Heritage Elementary, the former Pickerington High School, which was built in Pickerington in 1907. Ridgeview is home to Tiger Stadium, which houses both the football field and track. The annual Pickerington Jr. High Track Invitational is held at RJHS.

Athletics[edit]

Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships[edit]

Ohio High School Athletic Association State Runners-Up[edit]

USA Today National Championships[edit]

Football Rivalries[edit]

Pickerington Central athletic logo

The Battle of 256: Pickerington High School (Central) and Reynoldsburg High School have one of the longest continuing rivalries in Central Ohio. The schools have met since the 1970s, and have faced off in football every year since 1981. The Tigers have won 19 of the last 23 games. In 2005, sponsored by the local Wal-Mart, the Reynoldsburg/Pickerington game became known as the "Battle of 256", as Pickerington and Reynoldsburg are the largest cities to sit on Ohio State Route 256. A large metal football shaped trophy is awarded to the winning school each year. Reynoldsburg High School has not defeated Pickerington High School (Central) since 2001.

Football: Central vs Reynoldsburg (1981 to 2013)
# Date Winner Score Loser Score Series Location
1 1981 Reynoldsburg 22 Pickerington 21 RHS 1–0 N/A
2 1982 Reynoldsburg 19 Pickerington 7 RHS 2–0 N/A
3 1983 Reynoldsburg 13 Pickerington 10 RHS 3–0 Reynoldsburg
4 1985 Reynoldsburg 20 Pickerington 12 RHS 4–0 N/A
5 1986 Pickerington N/A Reynoldsburg N/A RHS 4–1 N/A
6 1987 Pickerington 17 Reynoldsburg 7 RHS 4-2 N/A
7 1988 Reynoldsburg 6 Pickerington 3 RHS 5-2 N/A
8 1996 Pickerington 22 Reynoldsburg 2 RHS 5-3 Pickerington
9 1997 Reynoldsburg N/A Pickerington N/A RHS 6-3 N/A
10 1998 Reynoldsburg 33 Pickerington 29 RHS 7-3 N/A
11 2000 Pickerington 21 Pickerington 11 RHS 7-4 N/A
12 2001 Reynoldsburg 30 Pickerington 14 RHS 8-4 Columbus (Crew Stadium)
13 2002 Pickerington 21 Reynoldsburg 7 RHS 8-5 Reynoldsburg
14 2003 Central 45 Reynoldsburg 20 RHS 8-6 Columbus (Crew Stadium)
15 2004 Central 29 Reynoldsburg 12 RHS 8-7 Columbus (Crew Stadium)
16 2005 Central 28 Reynoldsburg 7 Tied 8-8 Pickerington
17 2006 Central 34 Reynoldsburg 0 Central 9-8 Reynoldsburg
18 2007 Central 14 Reynoldsburg 7 Central 10-8 Pickerington
19 2008 Central 28 Reynoldsburg 0 Central 11-8 Reynoldsburg
20 2009 Central 27 Reynoldsburg 7 Central 12-8 Pickerington
21 2010 Central 45 Reynoldsburg 0 Central 13-8 Reynoldsburg
22 2011 Central 42 Reynoldsburg 14 Central 14-8 Pickerington
23 2012 Central 21 Reynoldsburg 20 Central 15-8 Reynoldsburg
24 2013 Central 28 Reynoldsburg 17 Central 16-8 Pickerington

Pickerington High School/Lancaster High School: The annual game between Pickerington Central and Lancaster High School is sometimes referred to as the "Fight for Fairfield County". This game is between the two largest cities and schools in Fairfield County. Pickerington Central defeated Lancaster for the first time in a number of years during the 2007 season. During the 2007 season PHSC beat Lancaster twice, once during the regular season and once during the first OHSAA playoff game. Central beat Lancaster for the third time in a row during the 2008 season, 31–0.

Football: Central vs Lancaster (1993 to 2013)
# Date Winner Score Loser Score Series Location
1 1993 Lancaster 10 Pickerington 9 LHS 1–0 N/A
2 1994 Lancaster 14 Pickerington 0 LHS 2–0 N/A
3 1996 Lancaster 14 Pickerington 0 LHS 3–0 N/A
4 1998 Pickerington 42 Lancaster 23 LHS 3-1 N/A
5 2000 Pickerington 42 Lancaster 6 LHS 3-2 Lancaster
6 2001 Pickerington 28 Lancaster 21 Tied 3-3 N/A
7 2002 Pickerington 21 Lancaster 7 PHS 4–3 Pickerington
8 2003 Lancaster 28 Central 21 Tied 4-4 Lancaster
9 2004 Lancaster 49 Central 22 LHS 5-4 Lancaster
10 2005 Lancaster 35 Central 28 LHS 6–4 Pickerington
11 2006 Lancaster 24 Central 10 LHS 7–4 Lancaster
12 2007 Central 24 Lancaster 13 LHS 7–5 Pickerington
13 2007 Central 21 Lancaster 7 LHS 7–6 Pickerington
14 2008 Central 31 Lancaster 0 Tied 7–7 Pickerington
15 2009 Lancaster 28 Central 17 LHS 8–7 Lancaster
16 2010 Central 26 Lancaster 0 Tied 8–8 Pickerington
17 2011 Central 21 Lancaster 0 Central 9–8 Lancaster
18 2012 Central 14 Lancaster 10 Central 10–8 Pickerington
19 2013 Central 27 Lancaster 12 Central 11–8 Lancaster
PHSC/PHSN Victory Bell

PHSC vs. PHSN: Pickerington High School North opened for the 2003–04 school year. In 2008, Central and North faced off in football for the first time at Crew Stadium. Addidas sponsored a trophy to commemorate this new rivalry. Nearly 15,000 people attended the game. The Purple and Black trophy supports a Victory Bell. The inaugural bell was awarded to Pickerington High School Central for their 38–7 victory over Pickerington High School North. It is now currently at North.

Football: PHSC vs PHSN (2008 to 2013)
# Date Winner Score Loser Score Series Location
1 2008 Central 38 North 7 Central 1–0 Columbus (Crew Stadium)
2 2009 Central 7 North 6 Central 2–0 Columbus (Crew Stadium)
3 2009 Central 14 North 12 Central 3–0 Pickerington (Tiger Stadium)
4 2010 Central 42 North 0 Central 4–0 Pickerington (Panther Stadium)
5 2011 Central 24 North 21 Central 5–0 Pickerington (Tiger Stadium)
6 2012 North 37 Central 0 Central 5–1 Pickerington (Tiger Stadium)
7 2012 North 24 Central 0 Central 5–2 Pickerington (Panther Stadium)
8 2013 North 49 Central 14 Central 5–3 Pickerington (Panther Stadium)

Pickerington High School Central Marching Tiger Band[edit]

The Tiger Band in the 2002–03 Fiesta Bowl Parade

The Pickerington High School Central Marching Tiger Band has been one of the most active and successful bands in the Midwest since 1986. The group consists of approximately 319 students (as of 2013).[4]

The band has competed in the Ohio Music Education Association's State Marching Band Competition for 26 of the past 27 years, consistently reaching the finals, and earning the state's highest honor, a Superior rating, for 19 consecutive years (as of 2007).

The band has marched in over 15 nationally televised parades, including four appearances in the Rose Parade and four appearances in Macy's Parade. The band has performed for three presidents and performed at 16 NFL halftime shows.

Parades[edit]

  • The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade – 1983, 1986, 2012
  • The Dallas Cotton Bowl Parade – 1989
  • The New York Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade – 1990, 1995, 2001, 2009
  • The Tournament of Roses Parade – 1993, 1997, 2006, 2010
  • The King Orange Jamboree Parade – 1994, 2000
  • The Miss America Pageant Parade – 1994
  • The Phoenix Fiesta Bowl Parade and National Band Championship – 1999, 2003, 2014
  • The New York City National Veteran's Day Parade – 2003, 2007
  • The Columbus Veteran's Day Parade – 2005, 2006, 2008
  • The 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Vietnam Wall and Parade – 2007

The band was Grand Champion of the 1994 Miss America Parade, and led the 2001 Macy's Parade and the 25th Anniversary of the Vietnam Wall Parade. They placed third overall in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl Band Championship, and fifth in the 1999 Fiesta Bowl.

The band has had professional football game appearances with the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, and Philadelphia Eagles.

Other performances include rallies for Senator John McCain (2008), Barack Obama (2008) President George W. Bush at the Nationwide Arena, President Ronald Reagan, President George H. W. Bush, Vice-President James Danforth "Dan" Quayle, Senator Robert Dole, Governor George Voinovich and Mrs. Voinivich, Ohio Democratic Party Election reception, the Boy Scout National Council Meeting featuring Paul Harvey, OSU Skull session before the 2002 Washington State game, 2005 Northwestern game and the 2008 and 2012 Michigan Games, and the Columbus Dispatch OSU vs. Michigan Wigwam Pep Rally.

When the PHSC Tiger Band and PHSN Panther Band combined for the final time in 2006, for the 117th Tournament of Roses Parade, the band had over 380 members. Both bands continue to grow.

In the spring of the 2013-2014 year Junior Tyler Howard was arrested and kicked out of the tiger band following a steroid scandal within the band

External links[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Archived from the original on November 25, 2010. Retrieved February 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved December 31, 2006. 
  3. ^ "USA Today Super 25 1999–2000". December 16, 2001. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  4. ^ http://www.pickeringtoncentralmarchingtigers.com