Stow-Munroe Falls High School

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Stow-Munroe Falls High School
SMFHS 01.jpg
Address
3227 East Graham Road
Stow, Ohio, 44224
United States
Coordinates 41°10′6.60″N 81°23′39.61″W / 41.1685000°N 81.3943361°W / 41.1685000; -81.3943361
Information
Type Public high school
Established 1907
School district Stow-Munroe Falls City School District
CEEB Code 364845[1]
Principal Christopher DiMauro
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,749[2] (2011)
Color(s) Maroon and Gold[3]
         
Athletics conference Northeast Ohio Conference
Mascot Spike the Bulldog[3]
Team name Bulldogs
Rival Cuyahoga Falls Black Tigers
Hudson Explorers
Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders
Accreditation Ohio Department of Education
Newspaper Stohion
Yearbook Stoanno
Website

Stow-Munroe Falls High School (SMFHS) – often referred to as Stow High School (SHS)[4] – is a public high school located in Stow, Ohio, a suburb of Akron in Northeast Ohio. With an enrollment of nearly 1,800 students and a staff of more than 160,[5] it is the only high school in the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District. SMFHS mostly serves the cities of Stow and Munroe Falls, but also neighboring portions of Cuyahoga Falls, Franklin Township, Hudson, and Tallmadge.[6]

History[edit]

Stow High School first opened in 1907 within the new centralized school building at the northwest corner of Hudson Road (later Darrow Road) and Graham Road in Stow. Early classes were much smaller than they are today; as such, Stow's first class did not graduate until 1909, and there was no class of 1915. In 1924, Stow High School moved across the street to a new building at the southwest corner of Darrow and Graham Roads; this structure was renamed in 1968 for Velma Workman, who retired in 1967 after teaching in the Stow schools for 37 years. The high school moved again in 1964, to the Lakeview building at 1819 Graham Road, approximately one half mile west of the Darrow-Graham intersection.[7][8][9]

Overcrowding necessitated a change by 1972 – grades nine and ten were sent back to the old Workman building, while grades eleven and twelve remained at Lakeview. In 1987, the high school moved to its current location at 3227 East Graham Road, just over two miles east of the Darrow-Graham intersection. Soon Stow High School officially changed its name to Stow-Munroe Falls High School. Commencement for the high school's 100th graduating class (2009) was held at E. J. Thomas Hall in downtown Akron, long the traditional venue. In 2013, commencement was moved to the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center in Kent.[10][11][9][12]

Academics[edit]

Stow-Munroe Falls High School offers a broad curriculum designed for students with varying strengths and interests, from college preparatory to intensive career-technical. College bound students opting for a more rigorous schedule may select from 16 Advanced Placement (AP) courses: Art History; Biology; Calculus; Chemistry; Computer Science; English Language; English Literature; European History; Macroeconomics/Microeconomics (combined); Physics; Spanish Language; Statistics; Studio Art Drawing; Studio Art 2D Design; U.S. Government; and U.S. History. Although no AP course is offered in Music Theory, students enrolled in Music Theory 2 do have the option of taking the AP test.[13] The high school is also part of the Six District Educational Compact, a joint program of six area school districts (Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Kent, Stow-Munroe Falls, Tallmadge and Woodridge) which share access to each of their vocational training facilities and career resources.[14]

Activities[edit]

The high school offers numerous clubs, activities and programs for students to participate in beyond the classroom: AFS Intercultural Programs; American Civics Center (ACC); Business Professionals of America (BPA); Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior Class Executive Committees; Chess Club; Cooperative Business Education (CBE); DECA; Environmentally Concerned Students (ECS); Foreign Language clubs including French, German, Japanese and Spanish; Interact of Rotary International; Key Club; National Honor Society (NHS); Ohio Math League; Photography Club; Quill and Scroll; Science Olympiad; Ski Club; Spectrum, a literary and creative arts magazine; Stoanno, the school yearbook; Stohion, the school newspaper; Stow Student News (television broadcast news); Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD); Student Council; Teambackers; and Work Study Club.[15][16]

The Stow-Munroe Falls High School Academic Challenge team is the school's quizbowl team, actively competing in Academic Challenge, National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT) and the Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence (PACE). During the 2008/09 school year, Stow-Munroe Falls placed 4th in the state as part of NAQT; the team's leading scorer ranked 1st individually at the national level (also NAQT); and the team placed 6th at the 2009 PACE National Scholastics Championship (NSC).[17][18][19][20] The Stow-Munroe Falls High School Speech and Debate team competes in the Eastern Ohio district of the National Forensic League (NFL) and the Akron District of the Ohio High School Speech League (OHSSL). The team has won state titles in 4-Person Policy Debate (1994, 1998), Lincoln-Douglas Debate (2001), and Public Forum Debate (2009). Since 1994, Stow has sent at least eleven students to the NFL National Tournament.[21][22][23] The Stow Latin Club – formerly a local chapter of both the Ohio Junior Classical League (OJCL) and the National Junior Classical League (NJCL) – won 28 consecutive state championships, or Overall Sweepstakes trophies, at the annual OJCL State Convention from 1979 to 2006. Stow's Certamen teams also won multiple state titles during this period: five at Level I (1989–90, 1993–95); twelve at Level II (1984–85, 1987–90, 1992, 1994–96, 2004, 2006); and thirteen at the Advanced Level (1978–79, 1981, 1983–85, 1988–90, 1992–93, 1997, 2006).[24][25][26] Additionally, club members frequently attended and competed at the NJCL National Convention.[27]

The Bulldog Marching Band performs during the 2013 Stow Band Show held at SMFHS athletic stadium.

The Stow-Munroe Falls City School District was nationally recognized by the NAMM Foundation as one of the "Best Communities for Music Education" in 2009 and 2010, while the high school itself was recognized in 2012. SMFHS offers courses in music theory, as well as a variety of opportunities to participate in both vocal and instrumental music: the school orchestra, choir and band programs; Madrigals, an a cappella choral group; and the Notables show choir.[15][28][29][30] In addition to offering a Drama Club, Stow-Munroe Falls High School presents several theatrical productions each year: a one-act play festival, the Junior and Senior Class Plays (drama and comedy, respectively), murder mysteries, a children’s theater and the All-School Musical. Theater participants may also qualify for induction into the International Thespian Society (ITS).[31]

With more than 240 students participating for the 2011/12 school year, the band program is the largest organization at Stow-Munroe Falls High School. The Bulldog Marching Band performs during football games in the fall, and at season's end, members are placed into one of four concert bands: the Freshmen Concert Band, the Maroon Symphonic Band, the Gold Symphonic Band, or the Wind Ensemble. Additionally, a jazz program consisting of two jazz bands – Jazz 1 and Jazz 2 – is offered as an extracurricular activity. Bands and band members also compete at Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) adjudicated events, often receiving superior ratings.[30][32][33][34] The Bulldog Marching Band has twice won the AAA-class competition at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida: first in December 1991, then in January 1996. In 2000, the Wind Ensemble performed for the OMEA State Professional Convention, one of three high school bands selected out of 200 statewide through a blind audition.[35][36]

Athletics[edit]

SMFHS Bulldog.jpg

Stow-Munroe Falls High School is a member of the Northeast District of the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA). Known as the Bulldogs, Stow's 28 varsity athletic teams compete in the Northeast Ohio Conference (NOC): baseball, cheerleading (fall and winter), field hockey, football, gymnastics, softball, and wrestling; and separate boys and girls teams for basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.[37][38][39] Before 2007, Stow was a member of the Western Reserve Conference (1996–2007) and Metro League (1936–96). The Cuyahoga Falls Black Tigers are considered Stow's archrival; other SMFHS rivals include the Hudson Explorers and the Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders.[40][41] Most teams play home matches at Stow-Munroe Falls High School, while the swimming and diving teams hold meets at Akron General Health and Wellness Center North in Stow.[42][43]

State championships
Sport Year(s)
Boys soccer 2006
Girls volleyball 1975, 1981, 1990, 1992

Stow-Munroe Falls won its last state title, and the first won by a boys team, in 2006 when boys soccer defeated Fairfield High School in a shootout match at Columbus Crew Stadium. Girls volleyball last won a state title in 1992, though remains the athletic program's most accomplished team sport: tied for 3rd place statewide for most wins in a season (30-0, 1981); 9th place statewide for most wins all-time (583, 1971–2009); tied for 5th place for most state tournament appearances at 11 (1975–76, 1979–81, 1986, 1989–90, 1992, 1997, 2009); a school-record 28 conference championships; and four state titles in 18 seasons of play.[44][45][46][47][48]

Stow boys basketball has never won a state title, but was considered one of the nation's most competitive squads in the early 1990s. Teams from both 1990 and 1993 advanced to the state final four, the Associated Press ranked Stow #1 in its final state poll for the 1992/93 season, and USA Today repeatedly ranked the teams from the 1992/93 and 1993/94 seasons among the nation's top ten.[49][50][51][52] The girls basketball team finished second in the state in 2007, and girls lacrosse was the Division II state runner-up in 2006 (the majority of Stow teams compete in Division I). In 1996, the baseball team advanced to the state final four, as did boys volleyball in 2001.[48]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]


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