Big Walnut High School

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Big Walnut High School
555 South Old 3C Highway


United States
Coordinates40°14′6″N 82°51′29″W / 40.23500°N 82.85806°W / 40.23500; -82.85806Coordinates: 40°14′6″N 82°51′29″W / 40.23500°N 82.85806°W / 40.23500; -82.85806
TypePublic, Coeducational high school
Motto"Inspire and Guide"
OpenedOriginally, 1950. Current building, 1991
SuperintendentAngie Pollock [1]
School codeBWHS
PrincipalMr. Andy Jados
Enrollment975[3] (2016-17)
Average class size24
Student to teacher ratio16:1[4]
Color(s)Red and Gold [1]         
Athletics conferenceOhio Capital Conference[1]
Team nameGolden Eagles[1]
NewspaperThe Rage Page
YearbookThe Eagle
Athletic DirectorBrian Shelton

Big Walnut High School is a public high school located in Sunbury, Ohio. It is the only high school in the Big Walnut Local School District. It was established in 1950. The current building was built in 1991 and has a student population of almost 1,000.[citation needed]

The school's mascot is the golden eagle.

School Information[edit]

The school was founded by Prescott Harstler.[citation needed] The current building was built in 1991, after the district decided that a new high school was needed. The old high school building, which opened in 1950 when Sunbury, Galena and Harlem Township High Schools merged, became Big Walnut Middle School. The middle school has since built a new building. The high school just completed[when?] a multimillion-dollar renovation that added extra classrooms and an atrium to the entryway.[citation needed]


Big Walnut recently earned a second "Excellent" designation from the Ohio Department of Education for outstanding student learning and achievements during the 2006-2007 school year.[citation needed] The school offers over 111 courses and a program of study that includes Advanced Placement or Honors opportunities in American History, American Literature, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English 10, French 4, German 3 and 4, Physics, Physical Science, Spanish 3 and 4, Government.[citation needed] During the 2006-2007 school year, the school administered AP tests in Calculus AB, English Literature & Composition, and German Language.[5]


The Big Walnut Golden Eagles football team participates in the Ohio High School Athletic Association, in Division II and is a member of the Ohio Capital Conference (OCC) Capital Division. The Eagles finished the 2007 season with a record-breaking 14-1 season, winning the Division III State Championship with a 17-10 victory over Licking Valley at Canton Fawcett Stadium. Their only loss of the season came at the hands of their rival New Albany High School (Ohio).[6] This marks the first time that any school in Delaware County has ever won a state title in football.[citation needed] The school also sponsors basketball, cheerleading, wrestling, softball, soccer, baseball, volleyball, golf, tennis, lacrosse, swimming, cross-country and track, most of which compete in the OCC. Their longtime rivals are the Olentangy Braves; however, they have developed rivalries with other area schools including New Albany, Westerville Central and Watkins Memorial.[original research?]

Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championship Titles[edit]

  • Cheerleading--2013
  • Boys Golf — 2002[7]
  • Varsity Football — 2007[8]
  • 2018 Girls Volleyball

The arts[edit]


Big Walnut High School is home to the "Pride of Big Walnut" Golden Eagle Bands which consist today of over 130 members. The band is complemented by an award-winning choir program (180 members strong). These groups are the largest of the school’s arts program and consistently qualify for state competitions.[citation needed]


The band and choir are complemented and joined by Big Walnut High School’s drama and theater program. The club produces and performs two shows a year, a fall/winter play and a spring musical. Past productions include: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Les Misérables, Grease, Seussical the Musical, A Christmas Carol, AIDA, Bye Bye Birdie, Anything Goes, and Footloose among others. In addition, the school offers over 20 artistically based courses.

Notable alumni[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Archived from the original on 2010-11-03. Retrieved 2010-02-17.
  2. ^ "Big Walnut High School in Sunbury, OH". Schools. 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-10.
  3. ^ "Big Walnut High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "Teachers". Big Walnut High School. GreatSchools Inc. 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-10.
  5. ^ "Advanced Placement Exams". Big Walnut High School. GreatSchools Inc. 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-10.
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  7. ^ OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Archived from the original on 31 December 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-31.
  8. ^ Parris. "Division III State Finals". Archived from the original on 5 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-30.