Bexley High School
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|Bexley High School|
|326 South Cassingham Road
Bexley, Ohio, (Franklin County) 43209
|Type||Public, Coeducational high school|
|School district||Bexley City Schools|
|Superintendent||Dr. Michael Johnson|
|Asst. Principal||Kristin Robbins|
|Student to teacher ratio||16:1|
|Color(s)||Royal Blue and White|
|Athletics conference||Mid-State League|
|Rival||Columbus Academy Vikings|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Average SAT scores||1774|
|Average ACT scores||25.9|
|Feeder schools||Bexley Middle School|
|Athletic Director||Eli Goldberger|
Bexley High School is a public high school located in Bexley, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. It is the only high school in Bexley City Schools. In 2017, The National Center for Education Statistics named BHS the top public high school in Central Ohio, 2nd best in Ohio, and 62nd nationally. 
- 1 Performance
- 2 Athletics
- 3 Clubs
- 4 Band Program
- 5 Orchestra
- 6 Notable alumni
- 7 Notes and references
- 8 External links
- 2017: The National Center for Education Statistics and research from TheBestSchools.org, a leading resource for career and education guidance, ranked Bexley High School as the top public high school in Central Ohio, 2nd best in Ohio, and 62nd nationally. 
- 2016: Newsweek named BHS 120th nationally, seventh in Ohio, and 1st in Central Ohio. In its companion study Beating the Odds (based on performance, while accounting for student poverty rates), BHS was 91st nationally and 1st in Central Ohio. 
- 2016: U.S. News & World Report named BHS the top public high school in Central Ohio, 3rd best in Ohio, and 158th nationally. 
- 2016: Bexley Schools was #1 for Franklin County school districts in multiple categories including SAT Mean Score (1783), % of students taking AP courses (82.8%), and % of students receiving an AP score of 3 or higher (68.3%).
- 2015: Newsweek named BHS 135th nationally, seventh in Ohio, and 1st in Franklin County. In its companion study Beating the Odds (based on performance, while accounting for student poverty rates), BHS was 125th nationally, seventh in Ohio, and 1st in Franklin County.
- 2015: U.S. News & World Report named BHS the top public high school in Central Ohio, 3rd best in Ohio, and 146th nationally.
- 2015 and 2014: BHS was ranked tops in Franklin County for public high schools for the percentage of graduates who needed the least amount of remediation when going on to attend Ohio's public universities. 
- 2014: U.S. News & World Report named BHS the 8th best public high school in Ohio and 192nd nationally. 
- 2014: Newsweek named BHS the 260th best high school in the country, 13th in Ohio, and 2nd in Franklin County.  In this study BHS was named the best high school in Franklin County for low-income students. 
- 2013: U.S. News & World Report named BHS the 5th best public high school in Ohio and 160th nationally.
- 2012: U.S. News & World Report named BHS the 2nd best public high school in Ohio and 120th nationally.
- 2011-2012: BHS earned the 6th best average ACT score of any public high school in the state.
- The Bexley City School District is one of the top 5% in the nation based on test scores.
- Bexley High School again achieved an "A" rating from the Ohio Department of Education for the 2013-2014 school year, meeting indicators based on test scores, attendance and graduation rate.
Bexley runs a comprehensive athletics program, including teams in the following areas: Football, Basketball, Baseball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Volleyball and Wrestling. Bexley purchased artificial grass for athletes to perform on in the winter of 2003. Teams have won Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships in:
- Boys Golf - 2015
- Girls Soccer - 2009
- Boys Basketball - 1983
- Boys Soccer - 2003, 2005
- Girls Volleyball - 1977
- Girls Tennis (OTCA)- 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978
- Boys Tennis (OTCA)- 1975
BHS hired Bexley native Eli Goldberger as AD in 2016. 
In 2007, the Bexley Lions football hired John Smith, former Head Coach at Springfield High School. As a player, Coach Smith was First Team All-OAC for the Mount Union Raiders and a member of its Division III national championship team, both in 1993. Smith lead Bexley to its first playoff game in school history on November 1, 2008. The team also earned playoff games in the 2013, 2014, and 2015 seasons.
After setting a school record for wins in the 2007 season, going 25-2, and ending the season as Regional runners-up, Bexley has had few successful seasons since. Reasons for this include lack of a consistent coaching staff, and a competitive league. Bexley has continued to improve over the past few years and expects to do well in the near future.
Both the Men's and Women's soccer programs are outstanding, and are widely known around the state and region. Between the men and the women they have combined for 12 State Final Fours since 1999.
The men's team has won two state championships in its history (2003 and 2005) and have had multiple Final Four and Regional Final finishes. They have also had a flurry of All District, All State, and two All-Americans selection (Daniel Broidy '08 and Jacob Hodge '12). The Men's program won their league championship for 15 straight seasons, until the streak was snapped in 2008. The team was formerly coached by former Bexley player and OWU graduate Greg Kullman and is currently coached by Brian Stoddard.
The women have been one of the most consistent teams, regardless of sport (in the state) since coach Scott Dempsey took over. They were state finalists in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006,State Runners-up in 1999, and State Champions in 2009 (although they were defeated in the championship game, the opposing team was playing with an ineligible player, forcing them to forfeit the championship). The Women have also had multiple All District, All State, and All American recipients. The team is currently coached by Jared Dombrowski.
The wrestling program has had individual success throughout the school's history. There have been numerous state qualifiers, 10 state placers and 1 state champion to come out of the program. As a team there has not been a whole lot of success until recently when they earned a Mid-State League Title in 2017 for first time since 1998. A team dual record of 17-2 was also set in 2017 breaking the previous season record of 16-3. The program currently has successful youth and junior high teams as well. The head wrestling
coach of the program by Chris Bragg.
Bexley's rival is the Columbus Academy Vikings. This rivalry stems from Columbus Academy being just two miles from Bexley High School before Academy's move to Gahanna, Ohio. Other rivals of Bexley include the Grandview Heights Bobcats, the Bishop Hartley Hawks, the Whitehall-Yearling High School Rams and the St. Charles Cardinals.
- Conservative Club
- Art Club
- Bexleo (Yearbook)
- Ski Club
- Environmental Club
- Book Club
- Key Club
- The Lamplight
- In The Know
- Latin Club - functions as a local chapter of both the Ohio Junior Classical League (OJCL) and National Junior Classical League (NJCL).
- Student Council
- Bexley Academic Debate And Speech Society
- Lion eNews
- Choirs: Men's Glee, Women's Glee, Men's Chorus, Women's Chorale, and Vocal Ensemble
- Orchestra: Concert Orchestra, Bexley Sinfonia
- Drama Club
- Japanese Club
- LARP Club
- Junior State of America
- Quidditch Club
- Chess Club
- Knitting Club
- National Youth Association
- Fishing Club
- Engineering Club
- eSports Club
The Choral program at Bexley High School has been extremely successful for the past decade. The Choral department is broken up into 4 distinct choirs. All four choirs are directed by Amy Johnston Blosser and accompanied by Matt Ebright.
Men's and Women's Glee are entry level choirs of the four. Emphasis is on healthy tone production and developing the voice. Membership in this group will interest those seeking exposure to vocal works. Musical selection will consist of SA/TB and SSA/TBB music, all of which will cover a wide variety of styles and genres. Students may compete in OMEA contests and perform outside of school. Students will be exposed to the elements of music theory, sight singing training, and vocal pedagogy. Course work emphasizes vocal and written tests in addition to daily rehearsals.
An all women's choir, Women's Chorale is one of the two elite choirs in Bexley High School. There are students who participate in both the Vocal Ensemble, and Women's Chorale. Women's Chorale has performed very well recently at the OMEA District and State competitions in the class A category, most recently receiving a "Superior" rating, the highest rating. Chorale performs a wide variety of music at various performances around the city. They have shared performances with the Capital University Women’s Chorus, The Ohio University Women’s Chorus, and The Ohio State University Women’s Glee Club. In recent years Women’s Chorale has toured to Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Pittsburghand as performed as the "Snow Chorus" with Ballet Met for "The Nutcracker".
The most prestigious choir in the Bexley High School choral program, it is the goal of most members of the choral program to make it into Vocal Ensemble. The 40 members are chosen through a competitive audition in spring of the previous year. Vocal Ensemble performs a wide variety of music at various performances around the city. They participate in the Ohio Music Educators Association District and State Large Group Contest, consistently receiving Superior ratings. Since 2005, they have received straight Superior ratings in Class AA.
Many members study private voice and are active in other musical groups both in school and the community. Since 2004, members have consistently excelled academically, with 90% having a 3.0 GPA or higher. In the 2013-2014 school year, 90% of members had a 3.5 GPA or higher, and two members were National Merit Semi-Finalists.
Vocal Ensemble has shared performances with ensembles from The Ohio State University, Capital University, Ohio University and Baldwin Wallace University. They also performed with the Galron Choir from Israel in 2004. Vocal Ensemble members have worked with many conductors including Eric W. Barnum, David Childs, Christopher Cock, Rollo Dilworth, John Goldsmith, Robert Harris, Ronald Jenkins, James Mulholland, Clayton Parr, Raymond Wise, Jeffrey Redding, Robert Ward and Hilary Apfelstadt.
Since 2003, Vocal Ensemble has toured throughout the United States and Canada including major cities such as New York, Toronto, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Vocal Ensemble was invited to perform at the OCDA Summer Conference in 2007, 2009 and 2011 as well as the OMEA Professional Conference in 2009, 2011 and 2013. They performed for the ACDA Central Division Conference held in Fort Wayne, Indiana in March 2012. In 2006, the ensemble performed for audiences in San Marco’s Basilica in Venice, St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna and St. Nicholas Church in Prague, as well as many additional impromptu performances. In June 2009, Vocal Ensemble returned to Europe, performing in Haydn Hall in Vienna, St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest and Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Kraków. April 2010 took them to New York City as they were invited to perform in Carnegie Hall and they returned to Europe in June 2012 for a performance tour of London and Paris.
This extracurricular group is made up of men from the Vocal Ensemble, Symphonic Choir and Men's Glee. They sing at school functions and some community events as well. They rehearse at the school during lunch and do not receive high school academic credit for participation in the group.
From 1979 to 2007, Jeffrey Schneider was the long-term director of bands at Bexley High School. Following his retirement, the Bexley High School Band is currently under the direction of Andrew Johnson with Assistant Director Alex Brough.
High School Band consists of three separate fields of study starting with the Marching Band during the football season. Students will learn to play various styles of music including rock, pop, funk, and blues while learning to march and play at the same time. Marching Band is a Co-Curricular Board of Education supported class, which follows district policies and students receive a grade for the class. The marching band is also featured in Bexley's 4th of July Parade and Veteran's Day Parade in Downtown Columbus. The band has also performed in Orlando, FL for the Disney Parade.
Concert Band begins at the conclusion of the football season. Students will learn to play various styles of music and instruments that are not available for Marching Band. Concerts are graded performances, including OMEA Contests, and opportunities for OMEA Solo and Ensemble. The Concert Band is a Co-Curricular, Board of Education supported class where students receive a grade and credit for participation. Students must have participated in the Marching Season or have special permission from the Director to be eligible for participation in the Concert Band.
Pep Band is a rewarding, low stress opportunity to perform for men's and women's home varsity basketball games. Students perform various styles of music including rock, pop, funk, and jazz. Pep Band is considered an extension of the Marching Band, and performances and attendance are graded.
Jazz Band meets in the evenings on a volunteer basis. The Jazz Band performs in the evenings, usually on the same evenings as the Concert Band. Musicians learn to play and listen to various jazz styles and performers. No experience is necessary to join and most instruments are accepted.
Since 2003, Sandra Crandall has been the director of the Bexley High School Orchestra. Orchestra is split up into two classes: Concert Orchestra, which is the entry-level orchestra and Sinfonia Orchestra, which is the highest level performance group in the orchestra program at Bexley. During the summer, is Orchestra Camp (parallel to Band Camp, which occurs at the time) which has been in session since 1975.
The Bexley Concert Orchestra is a high school entry level group. This ensemble concentrates on building the necessary technical skills for an advanced performance level. The class meets daily and is assessed quarterly. Playing tests, class participation, class preparation, home practice and concert attendance are all assessment criteria. Membership is open to all high school students who play stringed instruments. Bexley Concert Orchestra members are encouraged to participate in OMEA solo and ensemble contest and participate in OMEA large group orchestra state contest as an ensemble. Attendance at all performances is required.
Bexley Sinfonia is the highest level performance group in the orchestra program. The ensemble performs complex and difficult orchestral literature. The class meets daily and is assessed quarterly. Playing tests, class participation, class preparation, home practice and concert attendance are all assessment criteria. Membership is selective and based upon student audition. Music selection will cover a wide variety of styles. Bexley Sinfonia members are encouraged to participate in OMEA solo and ensemble contest and perform at OMEA large group orchestra state contest. They are also members of the Bexley Full Orchestra. This class requires occasional rehearsals outside of the school day. Two unexcused absences from performances may result in dismissal from the group. Attendance at all performances is required.
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- Judah Folkman, eminent surgeon & medical researcher in Boston
- Ross Friedman, soccer player for the Columbus Crew
- Bob Greene, author (class of 1965; chronicled second semester of junior year and first semester of senior year in his book Be True To Your School)
- Kevin S. Huffman, former Tennessee Education Commissioner
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- Josh Radnor, actor, How I Met Your Mother
- Captain Willard F. Searle, Jr, U.S. Navy Supervisor of Salvage from 1964 to 1969
- K. B. Sharp, Former WNBA player
- R. L. Stine, author
- Les Wexner, CEO of L Brands and Ohio's richest person.
- Jamie F. Tilson Ross, fashion director for Vogue.
- Joshua P. Adkin, Ohio State University Club Lacrosse Head Coach from 2015-2017. 2016 Big Ten Champion
Notes and references
- OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Archived from the original on 2010-11-03. Retrieved 2010-02-17.
- NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on September 23, 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-17.
- "Quick Look at Bexley Schools". Bexley City School District. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
- SchoolMatch, an independent school rating service
- OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved 2006-12-31.
- http://www.highschoolsports.net/Team/Bexley-HS-Columbus-OH/Football/Varsity/Boys/[permanent dead link]
- "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.