Sycamore High School (Cincinnati, Ohio)

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Sycamore High School
Address
7400 Cornell Road
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio, (Hamilton County), 45242
United States
Coordinates 39°16′1″N 84°21′7″W / 39.26694°N 84.35194°W / 39.26694; -84.35194Coordinates: 39°16′1″N 84°21′7″W / 39.26694°N 84.35194°W / 39.26694; -84.35194
Information
Type Public, Coeducational high school
Opened 1974
School district Sycamore Community School District
Superintendent Dr. Adrienne James[1]
CEEB Code 360525
Principal Chris Davis[1]
Asst. Principal Kevin Mays,
Karen Bare
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,894
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Forest Green and Gold [1]         
Fight song Across the Field
Athletics conference Greater Miami Conference[1]
Mascot The Aviator
Nickname Aves
Team name Aviator[1]
Rival Mason Comets
Newspaper The Leaf
Yearbook The Log
Athletic Director Jim Stoll[1]
Website

Sycamore High School (SHS) is a four-year public high school in the north-east suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio. It is the only high school in the Sycamore Community School District. The current building was built in 1974 in a very modern architectural style employing the progressive and experimental open classroom concept wherein no walls separated the classrooms originally. It was built to accommodate 2000 students and has been expanded many times over the years. However, more walls have been added as the school has been redone.[2]

Academics[edit]

Sycamore offers forty two accelerated and Advanced Placement courses, and seven global languages. The school has a 99.1% graduation rate, and 90% of students go on to attend college. The class of 2009 had a composite SAT score of 1132, and the class of 2012 had a composite ACT score of 30, both being higher than the state and national averages. Sycamore also regularly has among the highest number of National Merit Scholars in Ohio. In 2009, thirty one students received the award.[3]

In 1999, Sycamore had a record 35 National Merit Scholars, the highest number for any public school in Ohio. That year, four students also scored perfect scores on the major college entrance examinations, including the only two perfect ACT scores in Ohio that year (out of sixteen nationwide).[4]

Sycamore regularly places nationally in the National Science Bowl, including as high as fourth place in 2002.[5] Sycamore also excels in mathematics, having placed first in the Ohio Math League competition in 2004–05,[6] 1999–2000,[7] 1998–99,[8] and 1997–1998.[9] It won the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics competition in 2007,[10] 2001,[11] and 2000.[12]

Clubs and activities[edit]

Sycamore's Latin Club functions as a local chapter of both the Ohio Junior Classical League (OJCL)[13] and National Junior Classical League (NJCL).[14]

Student Publications[edit]

The Leaf is the official high school news magazine of Sycamore High School. After 60 years of having a black-and-white newspaper, the 2013-2014 editorial staff, led by Print Editors in Chief Sanika Vaidya, Ana Barros, and Shea Lothrop, completely transformed what had for years been the number one high school student-run newspaper in the state of Ohio into a magazine, with selective pages in color. Meanwhile, the web team, led by Web Editors in Chief Alexis Corcoran and Rachael Sun, is revitalizing "The Leaf's" online platform into an interactive window for student life at SHS. The website itself has recently been completely overhauled, redesigned, reprogrammed, and modernized by Pandavenger . The third platform, Broadcast, is headed by Victoria Swart and Ben Young. The entire staff is led by Executive Editor in Chief Michael Saxon. [15]

The Log yearbook is annually given out to all students in Sycamore High School. The 2012-2013 yearbook was nationally recognized for its theme, "One More Angle" with Editors-in-chief Myra Saeed and Karin Oh. This year the staff is working with the theme "After All" with Editors-in-chief Karin Oh and Nikita Tandon.

Ink is an annual literary magazine published by members of Creative Writing Club.[16]

Fine Arts[edit]

The Sycamore Music Program has been recognized nationally by NAMM as an Outstanding Music Education Program for 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Sycamore boasts a distinguished theater program.

The Sycamore High School Marching Band has achieved an OMEA Superior Rating for more than 15 years in a row. The marching band competes in three circuits: OMEA, Mid-States and Bands Of America. In 2013, Sycamore High School Marching Band qualified for BOA regional finals in Toledo, placing 10th.

Athletics[edit]

Sycamore High School competes in the Greater Miami Conference. Before 1989, Sycamore High School competed in the Eastern Hills League (EHL). The Aviators remain arch-rivals with the Milford Eagles, both former EHL schools who entered the GMC in 1989. Sycamore students used to dress up as "Millbillies" before the rivals competed, and Milford students would shout "sick-a-more" and variations depending on the level of competition. The competition between Sycamore and Milford has drawn comparison to the Ohio University and Miami University rivalry in Ohio. In 2008, Milford left the GMC. Since then, the school has developed a strong rivalry with William Mason High School from Mason, Ohio, prompting the spread of the slogan, "Go Aves, Beat Mason".

GMC Championships[edit]

  • Boys Tennis – 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011
  • Girls Tennis – 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2012
  • Boys Swimming – 1990, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Girls Swimming – 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Softball – 1998, 1999, 2000
  • Wrestling – 2004
  • Girls Track – 1997
  • Girls Basketball – 1993, 1994, 2000, 2012
  • Boys Basketball – 1996, 1997, 2013
  • Girls Volleyball – 2003
  • Boys Soccer 1991, 1993, 1996, 2008
  • Girls Soccer – 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Boys Cross Country – 2002, 2007
  • Girls Cross Country – 2009
  • Boys Golf – 1993, 1997, 1998, 2008
  • Girls Golf – 2011
  • Boys Volleyball – 2002, 2004, 2005
  • Co-Ed Chess – 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Co-Ed Academic Team – 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 [17]

State Appearances[edit]

State Runner-Ups

  • Boys Baseball State Runner-up – 1954
  • Boys Lacrosse Division III State Runner-Up – 1997
  • Girls Lacrosse Division I State Runner-Up – 2008, 2013
  • Girls Softball Division I State Runner-Up – 2002
  • Boys Swimming Division I State Runner-Up – 1986
  • Girls Swimming Division I State Runner-Up – 1993
  • Boys Tennis State Doubles Runner-Up – 1987, 1996, 2005, 2012, 2013
  • Girls Tennis State Doubles Runner-Up – 1999, 2013
  • Boys Water Polo State Runner-Up – 1975, 1977, 1979, 1982, 1987, 1988, 2012
  • Girls Water Polo State Runner-Up – 1985, 1987, 1988, 1994, 1996, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2012, 2013

State Final Fours

  • Boys Baseball State Final Four – 1955, 1963
  • Girls Basketball State Final Four – 1976
  • Girls Soccer Division I State Final Four – 1987, 2006
  • Boys Tennis Division I OTCA State Final Four – 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2013
  • Girls Tennis Division I OTCA State Final Four – 2002, 2004

State Championships[edit]

OHSAA Team State Championships

Other Team State championships

  • Boys Water Polo* State Champions – 1976, 1978, & 1985 [20]
  • Girls Water Polo* State Champions – 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 [21]
  • Boys Lacrosse Division II State Champs – 2004 [22]
  • Girls Lacrosse Division I State Champions – 2007 (20–0, undefeated)
  • Girls Lacrosse Division I State Champions – 2009 (21–0, undefeated)
  • Girls Lacrosse Division I State Champions – 2014 (20–0, undefeated)

Individual State championships

Wrestling

  • Omar Scruggs – 1999 (140 weight class)

Boy's Track

  • Glenn Terry – 1988 & 1989 (300 IM Hurdles and High Hurdles)
  • Lafeyette Butch Anderson – 1959 (Long Jump)

Girl's Track

  • Berry, Titus, Lowish, Noble – 1988 (800 Relay Team)

Diving

  • Gary Kuhr – 1976 (One Meter)
  • Kim Fugett – 1981 & 1982 (One Meter)
  • Dean Panaro – 1988 & 1989 (One Meter)

Boys Swimming

  • Craig Leonard – 1977 (100 yd. Freestyle)
  • John Ravenhall – 1978 (500 yd. Freestyle), 1979 (200 yd. Individual Medley)
  • Greg Higginson – 1979 (100 yd. Freestyle), 1979 (100 yd. Breaststroke)
  • David Fairbanks – 1984 (500 yd. Freestyle), 1985 (200 yd. Individual Medley), 1985 (500 yd. Freestyle)
  • David Fairbanks, Brad Tieke, Mark Erdmann, Jeff Steinebrey 1985 (400 yd) Freestyle Relay Team
  • Dan Ketchum – 1998, 1999 & 2000 (200 yd. Freestyle), 1998, 1999 & 2000 (500 yd. Freestyle)

Girls Swimming

  • Leigh Bassler 1992 & 1993 100 yd. Backstroke
  • Leigh Bassler, Liz Neal, Laurie Kerns, Kerry Bennettz – 1992 (400 yd. Freestyle Relay Team)
  • Mandy Commons 1997 & 1999 100 yd (91 m). Breaststroke
  • Mandy Commons, Lindsey Commons, Jill Ursini, Lori Bednarchik – 1999 (200 yd. Freestyle Relay Team)

Boys Golf

  • Scott Ross – 1989 State Individual Medalist

Boys Tennis

  • Cliff Riester – 1984 (Singles)
  • Eric Pittman – 1998 (Singles)
  • Brad Goldberg & Scott Marshall – 1991, 1992, & 1993 (Doubles)
  • Eric Pittman & Brent Sitarski – 1997 (Doubles)

Girls Tennis

  • Alison Levy & Amy Spiegel – 1990 (Doubles)

Girls Gymnastics

  • Kelee Petzelt– 1988 (Uneven parallel bars)

National Championships[edit]

Other athletic accomplishments[edit]

  • Boys Tennis Division I OTCA State Elite 8 – 2008, 2011
  • Boys Soccer Division I District Champions and Regional Runner-Up (State Elite 8) – 2010
  • Baseball Division I Regional Runner-Up- 2004
  • Boys Basketball Division I District Champion – 2004
  • Boys Cross Country Division I District Champion 2005
  • Football Division I Regional semifinals playoffs with a 10–2 record-2006
  • Football Division I first round playoffs with a 9–2 record – 2007

Notable alumni[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Retrieved March 16, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Schools Restructure Classrooms", Kranz, Cindy, 'Cincinnati Enquirer' Nov. 4, 2002 http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2002/11/04/loc_open04.html
  3. ^ http://my.sycamoreschools.org/modules/_299_1/fast%20facts%20updated%204-9-09.pdf
  4. ^ http://www.enquirer.com/editions/1999/01/08/loc_three_sycamore.html
  5. ^ "Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, National Science Bowl® Champion". United States Department of Energy. May 6, 2002. Archived from the original on September 26, 2006. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ "April 2005 High School Score Report Summary". Ohio Mathematics League. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ "April 2000 High School Score Report Summary". Ohio Mathematics League. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  8. ^ "April 1999 High School Score Report Summary". Ohio Mathematics League. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  9. ^ "April 1998 High School Score Report Summary". Ohio Mathematics League. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  10. ^ "2007 OCTM Tournament Results" (PDF). Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  11. ^ "2001 OCTM Tournament Results" (PDF). Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  12. ^ "2000 OCTM Tournament Results" (PDF). Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  13. ^ "2009 Convention – Club Point Summary" (PDF). Ohio Junior Classical League. 2009. Retrieved August 10, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Constitution of the Ohio Junior Classical League" (PDF). Ohio Junior Classical League. March 2008. Retrieved September 18, 2009. "...by paying both OJCL annual chapter dues and any annual chapter membership dues required by NJCL." 
  15. ^ "The Leaf Archives". SHSLeaf.com. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  16. ^ Goldman, Ellie (8 December 2011). "Calling all writers- literary magazine accepting submissions". The Leaf. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  17. ^ "Academic – Champions". Greater Miami Conference. 
  18. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Baseball". Retrieved February 12, 2007. 
  19. ^ OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved December 31, 2006. 
  20. ^ OHSSCA. "Ohio High School Swim Coaches' Association-Boys Water Polo State Champions". Retrieved March 8, 2007. [dead link]
  21. ^ OHSSCA. "Ohio High School Swim Coaches' Association-Girls Water Polo State Champions". Retrieved March 8, 2007. [dead link]
  22. ^ laxpower.com. "2004 Boys' HS State Champions". Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  23. ^ Zipperstein, Leah (December 23, 2009). "Olympic medalist dives into coaching" (fee required). The Cincinnati Enquirer (Gannett Company). Retrieved December 26, 2009. "[Dan] Ketchum, a Sycamore High graduate who swam for Michigan and competed in the 2004 Olympics, is in his first season as coach at Loveland High." 

External links[edit]

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