Boardman High School

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Boardman High School
7777 Glenwood Avenue
Boardman, Ohio, (Mahoning County) 44512
United States
Coordinates 41°0′39″N 80°40′7″W / 41.01083°N 80.66861°W / 41.01083; -80.66861Coordinates: 41°0′39″N 80°40′7″W / 41.01083°N 80.66861°W / 41.01083; -80.66861
Type Public, coeducational high school
Opened 1969
School district Boardman Local School District
Superintendent Tim Saxton[1]
Principal Cynthia Fernback[1]
Grades 912
Enrollment 1358 (2015-2016)
Color(s) Maroon and white [1]         
Athletics conference All-American Conference[2]
Team name Spartans[1]
Rival Austintown Fitch
Newspaper The Bugle
Yearbook The Crier
Athletic Director Denise Gorski[1]

Boardman High School is a public high school in Boardman, Ohio, United States. It is the only high school in the Boardman Local School District. The first high school, located on Market Street, is now Boardman Center Intermediate School. In 1969, the new high school was built on Glenwood Avenue. In 2000, a new performing arts center was added on by donation, including a substantial sum by former student and football star, Bernie Kosar.[citation needed] Boardman High School is currently under the direction of Principal Cinthia Fernback, the only female principal in the school's history.

Student activities[edit]

The Boardman Spartan Marching Band[edit]

Over the years, Boardman High School's marching band has become not only a symbol for the school, but a symbol within the state. It is a nationally recognized band, frequently taking trips to events such as the Rose Bowl, professional football games, and the Indy 500. Every year the band is invited on several highly recognized trips, usually accepting between one and two invites. In November 2009, during a trip to New York City for the Veteran's Day Parade, the jazz ensemble performed at Trump Tower. The small ensemble received such favorable reviews that they were invited back. Band director Thomas Ruggieri also makes the band stand out by selecting popular music; in the 2010 football season, the band played hits such as "Bad Romance", "Tik Tok", "My First Kiss", and "California Gurls". During the winter, the band splits into separate bands: wind ensemble (the highest performance level), symphonic band, concert band and freshman band (consisting of a majority of all incoming freshmen, with the exception of those in jazz or orchestra). The Boardman High School Wind Ensemble has also become a highly acclaimed group, frequently invited to play for the Ohio Board of Education.


In 2006, the music department was selected a "Grammy Signature School" and received a $1,000 award. The music department was one of 16 schools selected for this honor.[3] The department consists of award-winning choral, band, and orchestra departments. The choral department is currently under the direction of Linda Smrek. The band is under the direction of Thomas Ruggieri. The orchestra is under the direction of Michele Prokop.


Boardman has many sports teams for students. As Boardman is a member of the All-American Conference,[1] the competition level is very high.

Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Terence Dials, former Ohio State University Basketball player and 2006 "Big Ten Player of the Year" went undrafted; currently playing basketball in France
  • Dave Dravecky, Major League pitcher (San Diego Padres/San Francisco Giants), 1982–989; known for his comeback from bone cancer in his pitching arm, which ultimately ended his career and resulted in its amputation
  • John Greco, Starting OL for the Cleveland Browns; drafted in the 3rd round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams from the University of Toledo (Class of 2003)
  • Elizabeth Hartman, Academy Award-nominated actress (A Patch of Blue)
  • Phil Keaggy, Christian artist/guitarist and former member of Glass Harp (attended BHS but is not a graduate)
  • Bernie Kosar, retired NFL quarterback; won a national championship at the University of Miami before beginning a distinguished NFL career, most notably with the Cleveland Browns (class of 1982)
  • Nanette Lepore, fashion designer
  • Corey Linsley, starting center for the Green Bay Packers; drafted in the 5th round of 2014 NFL Draft from The Ohio State University (Class of 2009)
  • Maureen McGovern, singer ("The Morning After," "Can You Read My Mind") and Broadway actress
  • Mike Rice Jr., former Head Coach of Rutgers University men's basketball, fired for physically and verbally abusing his players
  • Sandra Scheuer, killed by Ohio National Guardsmen during the Kent State shootings on May 4, 1970
  • Joe Schiavoni, current Ohio state Senator representing Mahoning, Carroll, and parts of Stark and Tuscarawas Counties
  • Steve Vallos, NFL lineman; played for Wake Forest before being drafted in the 7th round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks (class of 2002)
  • DJ Durkin, Head football coach at the University of Maryland (class of 1996)


  1. ^ a b c d e f OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Retrieved 2010-04-02. 
  2. ^ Vindy. "". Retrieved 2015-02-18. 
  3. ^ NEWS DETAILS: Waubonsie Valley Wins Grammy Award—4/23/2007
  4. ^ a b OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved 2006-12-31. 
  5. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Softball". Retrieved 2007-02-12. 

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