Athens High School (Ohio)

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Athens High School
AHS Front Sign.PNG
1 High School Road
The Plains, Ohio, (Athens County), 45780
United States
Coordinates 39°22′21″N 82°7′42″W / 39.37250°N 82.12833°W / 39.37250; -82.12833Coordinates: 39°22′21″N 82°7′42″W / 39.37250°N 82.12833°W / 39.37250; -82.12833
Type Public, Coeducational
Superintendent Tom Gibbs
Principal David Hanning
Asst. Principal

Chad Springer

Jeanna Sycks
Grades 9-12
Color(s) Green and Gold[1]         
Athletics conference Tri-Valley Conference - Ohio Division[1]
Mascot Bulldog
Team name Bulldogs[1]
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Newspaper Matrix
Yearbook Arena
Athletic Director Chuck Robinson[1]
School Code 360-245

Athens High School (AHS) is a public high school in The Plains, Ohio which is located in southeast Ohio. It is the only high school in the Athens City School District [1]. The AHS mascot is a Bulldog, and its school colors are green and gold. The Plains is located just five miles northwest of the Athens, Ohio. Athens is the historic home town of Ohio University.

Brief history[edit]

The Athens High School Atrium

The first public supported Athens High School in Athens, Ohio graduated nine students in 1859. Athens High School held classes in at least three different buildings from the 1850s until the current building opened in The Plains in 1968. Athens High School as known today was formed in 1967 by the merger of the students from The Plains High School, Chauncey-Dover High School, and Athens High School.

On September 16, 2010, a tornado came over The Plains, destroying/damaging many homes and businesses plus destroying most of the football field/track, and damaging the high school. With the help of many, the school reopened in four days and the stadium/track was rebuilt by September 2011.

Today Athens High School is home for students in grades 9th - 12th with many students grade 11th - 12th attending classes at Tri-County Career Center in Nelsonville.

School Information[edit]

Athens High School students enjoy a wide range of classes from advanced placement, honors, college prep & comprehensive. The school uses a weighted grading system (A= 6.00 AP, 5.00 Honors & 4.00 College Prep/Comprehensive). In the last ten years the student body range in size from 180 to 230 per-grade level. The school has a number of students each year use the post secondary enrollment options which enable students to take college classes for high school & college credit. This is free to the student and their parents.

Advanced Placement courses include; English Language & Composition, US History, European History, Chemistry, Physics B, Calculus AB, US Government & Politics, Biology, Spanish & French Language.

The school day is made-up of nine class periods, starting at 7:45 and ending at 2:35.

Athens High School State of Ohio Report card;

A NEW State Report card came out for the 2013-2014 school year [2]. No report card was issued for the 2012-2013.

For 2011-2012 the school met 11 out of 12 indicators on the State of Ohio school report card, with a score of 104.1 out of 120 points, and is rated an "Excellent" school [3]

For 2010-2011 the school met 12 out of 12 indicators on the State of Ohio school report card, with a score of 101.3 out of 120 points, and is rated an "Excellent" school [4]

For 2009-2010 the school met 12 out of 12 indicators on the State of Ohio school report card, with a score of 97.6 out of 120 points, and is rated an Excellent school. [5]

For 2008-2009 the school met 12 out of 12 indicators on the State of Ohio school report card, with a score of 102.5 out of 120 points, the school met AYP and is rated an Excellent school.[3]

In 2007-2008 the school met 12 out of 12 indicators on the State of Ohio school report card, with a score of 99.4 out of 120.[4]

Graduation Requirements; 4 Units of English, 3 Units of Social Studies, Science, & Mathematics, 1/2 Unit of Arts/Humanities, Health, Practical Arts, and PE. In a normal graduating class, 60% to 70% of students plan on attending a 4-year college, with 15% to 25% attending a 2-year college.

Famous alumni[edit]

Maya Lin — creator of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., graduated in 1977.

Atul Gawande — Boston surgeon, Harvard University professor, and writer—graduated in 1983.

David Wilhelm - Campaign Manager for Bill Clinton in 1992, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee 1993-1994.

Stephen Kappes - Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency]] during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations

Clubs and activities[edit]

Athens High School offers student leadership activities; Student Council, Key Club, National Honor Society, Interact Club, and Model United Nations. Co-Curricular activities offered are: Movie Club, Matrix [6] (school newspaper), Arena [7] (yearbook), Multicultural Club, Chess Club, Drama Club [8], Environmental Endeavors (Ecology Club), Game Club, Athens Ski and Snowboard Club, Science Olympiad, FCCLA/HERO, French Club, Masquers & Thespians, Mock Trial, and Spanish Club. Music Activities include: Concert Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Color Guard, Vocal Music, and Chorale groups. The high school also offers a weekly NA and AA meeting that runs from 12-8 every Wednesday that is only for students.

Performing Arts[edit]

Athens High School students are encouraged to take part in performing arts activities. Students are active among the AHS Drama Club (ahsDRAMA), Marching Band (Marching Green and Gold), Concert Band, and Symphonic Choir.

Drama Club[edit]

The Athens High Drama Club (currently stylized as ahsDRAMA) performs two full-length productions per year: a non-musical in the fall season and a musical in the spring. ahsDRAMA also performs several student-written "One Acts," or short plays, in January.

The group's notable productions include Hello, Dolly! (2015) and Fame (2014). In 2014, the drama club performed The Diary of Anne Frank as their fall show, which attracted much attention and later invitation to perform an uncut show at the Ohio Educational Theatre Association's state conference.

Other performances have included Little Shop of Horrors, The Wizard of Oz, Charley's Aunt, and more.

Marching Green and Gold[edit]

Under the direction of Aaron Backes and Brandon Lias, the Athens High School Marching Green and Gold is a major group at AHS.

Symphonic Choir[edit]

The Athens High School Symphonic Choir is directed by Melanie Horne.


Athens High School is a member school of the Ohio High School Athletic Association. It offers 11 boys sports (Cheerleading, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Swimming & Diving, Soccer, Tennis, Track & Field and Wrestling) and 11 girls sports (Cheerleading, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Soccer, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, and Wrestling). In 2014 the Bulldog football team was the first team ever to make it to the OHSAA State Finals only to loss to Toledo Central Catholic 56-52 to finish 14-1 for the season.


The original Athens High School was a charter member of the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League (SEOAL) in 1925. The consolidated high school also competed in the SEOAL from 1967-2008. The Athens 1925 football team was the first Bulldog team to win SEOAL championship and the 2008 wrestling and tennis teams were the last sports teams to win the SEOAL. Over those years Athens Bulldog teams in every sport enjoyed many SEOAL championships. In the fall of 2008, the Bulldogs began competition as a member of the Tri-Valley Conference (Ohio Division).

TVC - Tri-Valley Conference[edit]

The Bulldogs belong to the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) and in the fall of 2008 joined the Tri-Valley Conference, a 16-member athletic conference located in southeastern Ohio. The conference is divided into two divisions based on school size. The Ohio Division features the larger schools and the Hocking Division features the smaller schools.

TVC OHIO Division[edit]

TVC HOCKING Division[edit]

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