Allen East High School
|Allen East High School|
Front, seen from State Route 309
|9105 Harding Highway
Harrod, Ohio, (Allen County) 45850
|Color(s)||Royal Blue and White|
|Athletics conference||Northwest Conference|
|Team name||Mustangs |
|Athletic Director||Frank Davis|
Allen East High School is a four-year high school in Allen County, Ohio, U.S.. It was formed in the autumn of 1965 with the consolidation of the two eastern Allen County School Districts: Lafayette-Jackson and Auglaize-Local. The school was recognized with a Bronze Medal as one of the top schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2010. It is the only high school in Allen County and the greater Lima/Allen County region to be recognized by the publication.
As with many schools in Northwestern Ohio, Allen East constructed new school facilities to accommodate its growing population. Its outdated facilities, such as the former high school (constructed in 1931 as Lafayette High School), has been torn down. The new school re-opened for the 2007–2008 school year.
School organizations at Allen East include: Mustang Marching Brass, Concert Band, Choir, Show Choir, Drama, The Mustanger, FCCLA,Varsity A, National Honor Society, Quiz Bowl, Student Council, and Cameo Staff.
'MUSTANG' Marching Brass
The 'MUSTANG' Marching Brass, Allen East's all brass marching band, is well known throughout the state of Ohio for its unique marching and dancing style. With over 150 band members from a high school of less than 400 students, The "Brass" is regularly the largest student group out of Allen East High School and is one of the largest bands in Northwest Ohio. Nearly 40% of the total high school student population is involved with the 'Brass'. The Brass was founded by and under the direction of Mr. Dennis Dellifield from 1971 to 2016. Following his retirement, Mr. Slade Denman, the current director (2016-present) and an alum of the Ohio University Marching 110, took leadership of the group. The Brass has performed at The Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia 4 times, Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals games, as the featured band at various parades and festivals, and hosts their own annual marching band invitational every September. Notable accolades include being crowned Peach Bowl Grand Champions in 2006 and winning the Allen County Fair Parade 1st Place Trophy nearly 20 times in 25 years. The Mustang Marching Brass will be traveling to Memphis and Nashville to perform at Graceland Mansion during the 2017-2018 school year.
On October 3, 2009 the 'MUSTANG' Marching Brass performed at the Ohio State University "Shoe" during the Buckeye Invitational and received a standing ovation. During this festival, only two bands received a standing ovation. The other band was Ohio State.
The Story of the Mascot
The 'mustang' was selected as the mascot in 1965 by the students of the newly consolidated district. The choice coincides with the unveiling of Ford Motor Company's sports car of the same name, which was released just one year prior.
Allen East is a member of the Northwest Conference (NWC) in all sports.
Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships
Northwest Conference Championships
- Baseball: 1991, 1975, 1974, 1969
- Boys Basketball: 1972,1970,1968
- Girls Basketball:1995
- American football: 1995, 1990, 1989, 1982, 1972, 1968, 1967
- Golf: 2000, 1992, 1990, 1986, 1984 
- Boys Track: 1999, 1998
- Girls Track: 1995, 1992
- Volleyball: 1994
- Wrestling: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006 
Notes and references
- Laney, William (16 December 2013). "Allen East names new schools chief". Limaohio.com. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
- OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Retrieved 2009-12-15.
- "Allen East High School: Best High Schools".
- OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Archived from the original on 9 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-23.
- "Allen East Mustangs Sports".