Shaker Heights High School

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Shaker Heights High School
Shaker Heights High School.jpg
"A community is known by the schools it keeps"
Address
15911 Aldersyde Drive
Shaker Heights, Ohio, (Cuyahoga County), 44120
United States
Coordinates 41°28′24″N 81°34′9″W / 41.47333°N 81.56917°W / 41.47333; -81.56917Coordinates: 41°28′24″N 81°34′9″W / 41.47333°N 81.56917°W / 41.47333; -81.56917
Information
Type Public high school
Established 1918
School district Shaker Heights City School District
Superintendent Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr.[1]
School code 361395
Principal Michael Griffith[1]
Faculty 175
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,876
Color(s)      Red
     White
Song To Shaker We Belong
Athletics conference Northeast Ohio Conference
Mascot Red Raider
Team name Raiders[1]
Rival Cleveland Heights High School
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Newspaper The Shakerite
Yearbook Gristmill
Communities served Shaker Heights; parts of Cleveland
Athletic Director Donald Readance[1]
Website

Shaker Heights High School is a public high school located in Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States, in Greater Cleveland region. The high school is the only public high school in the Shaker Heights City School District, which serves Shaker Heights and a small part of Cleveland.[3] Shaker Heights High School is an International Baccalaureate World School,[4] the only public high school in Cuyahoga County to hold this accreditation and offer rigorous IB classes.[5] It is consistently ranked among the top districts in the state for National Merit semifinalists.[2]

According to a 2004 survey by The Wall Street Journal, Shaker Heights High School is one of the top feeder schools in the nation for admission to the most selective colleges and universities.[6]

The high school has also been recognized by Money and Redbook magazines.[2] In 1998, the school was named a "Grammy Signature School" by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Foundation in recognition of its outstanding music programs.[7] The school colors are red and white and its mascot is the Raider. The high school has an open campus policy, which is in keeping with its "college preparatory environment," according to Principal Michael Griffith.

Demographics[edit]

Although the population of Shaker Heights is 60% White, 34% African American and 6% Asian or other,[8] Shaker Heights High School's approximate enrollment is 51% African American, 37% White and 12% Asian, Hispanic, multiracial or other.[9] The school has received national attention for its efforts to close the gap between achievements of minority students and non-minority students. One of the most active organizations at the school is the Student Group on Race Relations (SGORR), which helps foster positive race relations and fight against racial injustice.[10] Founded in 1983, the group has high school students visit elementary schools to "promote good social relations among racially diverse children."[11] SGORR received recognition from the Human Relations Commission of Shaker Heights and the Ohio Governor's Youth Award for Peace, as well as being a finalist for the Isaiah Award of the American Jewish Committee.[12]

In addition, as a way to help narrow the achievement gap, the Minority Achievement Committee scholars/sisters program was established in 1990. The program has 11th and 12th grade high achieving African Americans mentor and serve as role models to underachieving minority students in lower grades using five core values: respect, pride, honesty, sensitivity, and confidence.[13]

Academic program[edit]

Shaker Heights High School offers 23 Advanced Placement courses, the largest advanced Advanced Placement in Cuyahoga County.[14] In 2009, 153 students, 38% of students taking Advanced Placement exams, won Advanced Placement Awards because of high scoring on multiple exams, a record for the school.[15] The high school began offering International Baccalaureate courses in 2010 and is the only public high school in Cuyahoga County to hold this accreditation.[5] The first class of International Baccalaureate Diploma candidates graduated in 2012. The district estimates that roughly 90% of Shaker High graduates attend college. The high school ranks in the top 2% of high schools in the country by Newsweek Magazine, whose rankings are based on the number of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams taken.[16]

Shaker Heights High School sports a science wing with a roughly fifty-seat planetarium and several laboratory rooms. Sciences offered include astronomy, bioethics, biology, chemistry, geology, engineering applications, environmental science, oceanography, project physics and engineering, and physics.[17]

In addition to English, the school offers six world languages, more than any other public high school in Cuyahoga County, including Chinese, French, German, classical Greek, Latin, and Spanish.[17] In addition, Shaker Heights High School is the only public school in the state of Ohio that offers a four-year-long Greek program.[18] The high school has a Confucius Classroom supported by the Confucius Institute and the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban).[19] The high school also serves as a location for a Chinese language immersion camp affiliated with The Ohio State University.[20] The high school has two-week-long student exchange programs with the Universidad del Valle de México in Mexico City, Mexico and a semester-long program with the Ratsgymnasium in Goslar, Germany.[17] Through other student exchange programs such as the American Field Service, United States Department of State and World Learning, Shaker Heights High School has hosted students for over five decades from dozens of nations, including Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greenland, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.[21][22]

The Asian studies class is offered in cooperation with Beachwood High School and the Cleveland Museum of Art. The program focuses on the history, literature, art, politics, and contemporary society of China, Japan, and India. Students in the class are offered an opportunity to travel to those three countries in the year they are studied.[17]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Shaker Heights High School has a variety of extracurricular activities for languages, sports, the arts, and other areas.

As of 2013, the marching band has more than 300 musicians, and is one of the largest student organizations in the high school, as well as the largest marching band in Ohio.[23] This number also includes the Raiderettes, a dance team that performs with the band. The marching band went on a trip to Beijing and Shanghai, China in late March and early April 2007, and performs internationally every three years. The bands, orchestra, and choruses also travel abroad periodically, both to perform and to see cultural landmarks. The band performed in Austria, Italy and Germany in March 2010,[24] performing in Venice, Brixen, Innsbruck and Salzburg.[25] In 2013, the Band travelled to The Republic of Turkey, playing a concerts at Robert College and Taksim Square in Istanbul; as well as in Bergama and at the historic ruins of Ephesus. [26] The band has band camp a week before school starts, preparing a halftime show for American football games during the fall football season.[27] After the marching band season, the school has five concert bands: one Class AA band, one Class A band, and three Class B bands. In 2013, the AA and A class bands, Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, respectively, performed at Severance Hall.[28]

The Shaker Theatre Arts Department was founded in its present form by former Artistic Director James Thornton, and has prepared many students for successful careers on stage and screen. Shaker Theatre Department offers a variety of classes, allowing the students to have a full view and access to the "circle" of theatre. Classes include Playwriting, Acting, the Ensemble Program, as well as the theatre management classes Theatre Production Seminar and Ensemble Coordination Management Course. The season includes the fall main stage production, the Ninth Grade Theatre Experience (written and performed by the ninth graders), New Stages (the student generated playwriting festival), and the Spring Ensemble Show (a performance consisting of movement theatre and poetry prose performed by the Senior Acting Ensemble, the Advanced Acting Ensemble and the Junior Acting Ensemble). Other Shaker Theatre Showcases include the Theatre Social, Fall Ensemble Preview, Winter Solstice Sharings, and Theatre awards. Every new Broadway season since 1991 has included one or more Shaker Theatre alum in major New York productions. In addition, Shaker Theatre alums hold positions in every area of professional theatre and the entertainment industry.[29]

Shaker Heights' Latin Club functions as a local chapter of both the Ohio Junior Classical League (OJCL)[30] and National Junior Classical League (NJCL).[31] In 2010 and 2013, the team placed first in the Academic Per Capita trophy, winning more than 180 individual awards, and in 2014, the team placed first in both the Academic Per Capita competition as well as the Overall Sweepstakes competition, a first in the club's history Shaker Heights is also noted for its strong representation in the OJCL Executive Board, with former members including Allison Kao (NE Gubernator 2013-), Heather Smith (NE Gubernator 2010-2011, Treasurer 2011-2012, President 2012-2013), and Narayan Sundararajan (NE Gubernator 2012-2013, Treasurer 2013-2014).[32][33] In addition, Shaker Heights High School is noted for its strong performance on the National Latin Examination, with nearly one hundred students receiving recognition for high scores in 2010.[34]

The school's student newspaper, The Shakerite, has won numerous awards, including the 2006 Golden Flash Award from the Northeast Ohio Scholastic Press Association and the National Pacemaker Award from the National Scholastic Press Association in 2006.[35][36] This was the second time The Shakerite received the award. In addition, the paper has received a Gold Medal Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and a First Place Award from the Great Lakes International Press Association.[37]

Students from Shaker Heights High School have won awards at regional, state and national levels at many academic competitions, including the Federal Reserve Challenge, Math League, Model United Nations competitions, National History Day, Poetry Out Loud, Science Olympiad, TEAMS, United States National Physics Olympiad, and the Vex Robotics Competition.[38][39][40]

Facilities[edit]

Originally designed by the Cleveland architectural firm of Hubbell & Benes,[41] Shaker Heights High School has a capacity of about 2,000 students and covers 304,400 square feet (28,280 m2). There are 82 regular classrooms, ten combined science lab/classrooms, four art rooms, and two music rooms outfitted with instrument lockers. Athletics facilities include locker rooms, an outdoor track, an outdoor FieldTurf athletic field marked for soccer, American football, lacrosse and field hockey,[42] two baseball fields, a weight room, two indoor gymnasiums, a multipurpose room (with wrestling mats and an indoor batting cage), nine hard tennis courts, a dance studio, and a fencing room. In addition, there is a two-floor cafeteria, a senior lounge, a planetarium, six computer labs, a courtyard and a library. The school has three auditoriums: a large one capable of holding nearly 900 people, a small auditorium, and a black box theater under the large auditorium.[43] The auditoriums were renovated in 2008.[41]

Athletics[edit]

Shaker Heights High School has teams in several sports, including baseball, basketball, crew, cross country, diving, fencing, field hockey, figure skating, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling. Shaker's neighboring sporting rivals include Cleveland Heights High School, Mentor High School, University School, and Hathaway Brown. The football stadium is named after Russell H. Rupp, who served as principal of the high school for 26 years.

Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships[edit]

Other State Championships[edit]

  • Ice Hockey - 1971, 1972, 1974
  • Fencing Team – 2006
  • Men's Tennis – 2000
  • Women's Lacrosse – 2001, 2003
  • Men's Lacrosse – 1996

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

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