Troy High School (Troy, Ohio)
|Troy High School|
|151 Staunton Road
|Motto||Truth Honor Sportsmanship|
|School district||Troy City Schools|
|Number of students||1,504|
|Athletics||football, baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey, gymnastics, volleyball, golf, tennis, bowling, wrestling, track, cross country, Marching Band|
Troy High School is a public high school located in Troy, Ohio and is part of the Troy City School District. The current location was built in 1958, it is 182,000 square feet (16,900 m2) with enrollment of 1,504 students. The school's mascot is the Trojan.
1969-1971 Trojans football
In 1969 Troy Trojans was a high school team that was rebuilding and led by undersized sophomores, they were having a terrible season (they went 2-7-1), this making four straight losing seasons, two in the Western Ohio League (WOL) 1968 and 1969, and two before that (1966–1967) in the Miami Valley League (MVL). On the last play, of the last game of the season, with the game tied 22-22 against powerful rival Dayton Wayne, the pass went to the 165-pound Randy Walker. He was tackled 18 inches (460 mm) from the end zone. After the game the coach, James "Jim" Conard, made the entire team walk around with a piece of cloth that was 18 inches (460 mm) long, until the start of the 1970 season. Walker gave up his first love, baseball, joined the track team for speed and stamina, and started lifting weights-gaining 30 pounds, reporting to fall practice at 195-pounds.
The 18-inch (460 mm) strip of cloth would motivate his team, Conard and Walker would not lose another game the remaining two seasons, going 20-0, and winning back-to-back WOL titles. In 1971 they outscored opponents, 406-54, out-gained opponents 3,711 yards (3,393 m) to 1,267, and punting only 19 times all season. The team and the defense dominated opponents, forcing 31 turnovers, and posting five shutouts (including a 35-0 victory over Wayne).
Three backs would be selected to the All-Western Ohio League team, Gordon Bell, Walker, and Joe Allen. Bell, who gained 3,707 yards (3,390 m) in three seasons, rushed for 1,447 yards (on 198 carries) and scored 19 touchdowns in 1971, and was named first team All-Ohio for both 1970 and 1971. Bell would have also been "Ohio Back of the Year" had he not finish second, to Archie Griffin (Columbus Eastmoor), in both years. Walker, whose main assignment was to block, rushed for 724 yards (662 m), on a 14.9 yards (13.6 m) per carry average. Allen had 544 yards (497 m) on 67 carries (8.1 YPC). David Starkey, the heart of the defense and was named an All-Ohio defensive lineman. Elmo Boyd, a track star who only played football his senior season (1971), finished with 12 catches for 374 yards (31.2 yards-per-catch average) and seven touchdowns.
In 2001, the 1971 team was selected by a panel of Dayton Daily News sports writers as the best Miami Valley prep football team of the last 50 years. Coach Conard retired after the 1971 season to become a principal at Troy Junior High.
20 players from the 1971 Trojans would go on to play college football, 15 of those at the Division I level, and two would play in the National Football League (NFL). Bell would go on to play for the Michigan Wolverines in college, gaining 2900 yards, and play four seasons in the NFL for the New York Giants and St. Louis Cardinals. Walker would star in three seasons at fullback for the Miami RedHawks, on a team that went 32-1-1, winning the Mid-American Conference title all three years. Drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals (1976; 13th round), Walker would instead choose to become an assistant coach (later head coach of both the Miami RedHawks and the Northwestern Wildcats). Boyd went on to play football at Eastern Kentucky and with the NFL's San Francisco 49ers. Starkey and fullback Joe Allen would play for the Florida Gators. In addition quarterback Al Mayer went on to play at Marshall.
Clubs and activities
Troy High School entered the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) in 2008. Since then, the Troy High School Archery Team has gone to the state NASP tournament in Columbus, OH and the national NASP tournament in Louisville, KY every year. In 2011 the team as a whole placed 29th in the nation.
Troy High School Trojan Marching Band
The Troy High School Trojan Marching Band has qualified for State Marching Band Finals since the events inception in 1980. In addition, the Troy Marching Band has received a Superior rating at this event since 2000. The Trojan Marching Band has performed in the London New Year's Day Parade in 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014.
In October 2005, a $12 million renovation commenced. These plans included a new gymnasium, student commons, science wing, new restrooms, new tennis court as well as a new student parking lot. Construction began about January 2006 and was completed about March 2007.
- Gordon Bell, NFL football player
- Micah Carli, guitarist for the band Hawthorne Heights 
- Nancy J. Currie, American astronaut
- Kris Dielman, NFL football player
- Heath Murray, Former MLB player (San Diego Padres, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians)
- Bob Ferguson, NFL football player
- Andrew Riess (Dru Riess) Founder and CEO of Popular Ink (A multi million dollar packaging company)
- Tanya Thornton Shewell, Maryland politician
- Randy Walker, NCAA football coach
- Begley, Bill. - "Troy of '71 Set Standard for Area Gridiron Greatness - 20 players from that squad went on to play college football". - Dayton Daily News. - August 24, 2001.
- Myslenski, Skip. - "As a High School Player, Randy Walker Once Cost His Team A Victory When He Missed Scoring a Touchdown by 18 Inches". - Chicago Tribune. - December 24, 2000.
- Jacoby, Steve. - "Coach Gets 'Quite An Honor' - Sidney resident Jim Conard recognized by Marshall University alumni for efforts". - Dayton Daily News. - October 17, 2002.
- "Executive Board Pre-File Application". OhioJCL.org - June 2007. Internet Archive: Wayback Machine. 2010. Archived from the original on June 17, 2007. Retrieved August 16, 2010.
- "OJCL Constitution". OhioJCL.org - July 2002. Internet Archive: Wayback Machine. 2010. Archived from the original on July 21, 2002. Retrieved August 16, 2010. "... by paying both OJCL annual chapter dues and any annual chapter membership dues required by NJCL."
- Gamboa, Glenn, and Kevin Amorim. - "Reaching a new height Mass appeal isn’t what underground wonder band Hawthorne Heights was looking for, but they sure won’t fight it". - Newsday. - February 26, 2006.