Brooke High School

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Brooke High
Brooke High School 2014-04-30 19-04.jpg
29 Bruin Dr.
Wellsburg, West Virginia, Brooke 26070
United States
Coordinates 40°18′13″N 80°35′09″W / 40.30357°N 80.58588°W / 40.30357; -80.58588Coordinates: 40°18′13″N 80°35′09″W / 40.30357°N 80.58588°W / 40.30357; -80.58588
Type Public
Opened 1969[1]
School district Brooke County Schools
Principal Tim Pannett[2]
Grades 9–12
Number of students 1170[3]
Color(s) Forest green, old gold   [1]
Athletics conference WVSSAC AAA OVAC AAAAA
Mascot Bruin
Team name Bruins[1]
Rival Wheeling Park HS, Steubenville HS, Weir HS
Newspaper The Babbling Brooke[4]

Brooke High School (BHS) is a public high school located in Wellsburg, West Virginia. It is the only public high school in Brooke County. The school teaches grades 9–12.


Brooke High School was established in 1969 under the leadership of Homer S. Bodley after being formed from the consolidation of Follansbee High School, Wellsburg High School, and Bethany High School.[1]

Notable graduates[edit]

Letitia Neese Chafin unsuccessfully ran for West Virginia Supreme Court Justice in 2012.[citation needed]


Perhaps the signature of the school is the Brooke High School Cheerleading program. Through the years, the various varsity squads have earned the school a record-setting 13 West Virginia state titles and 25 Region 1 championships.

Brooke has also competed in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Cheerleading championship winning various titles - most recently in 2011.


The Brooke High Marching band is often referred to as the "pride of Brooke County" [1] and have many trophies on display in the music department.


The Bruins have five basketball teams, both boys and girls. Boys play freshman, JV and varsity while girls compete in JV and varsity.

The most infamous play in Brooke basketball history came in 1983, when Brooke lost at home to Weir High School during the state tournament sectionals. Current BHS principal Tim Pannett made a last-second, game-winning bucket that was waved off by an official who called Pannett for an offensive foul.

The boys' varsity basketball team won the WV AAA championship in 1987, led by Bobby "Honey" Hoenig, "Razzle Dazzle" Charlie Basil, head coach Dave "Easy" Reitter, and statistician John Townsend.

In the mid-1990s, the boys basketball team were led by the twin towers, Joe Bowman (aka "The Human Smokestack") and George "the Flying Buttress" Cole. Both Bowman and Cole were 6 ft 8 in tall.


Brooke High School won the WV AAA championship in 1985, 1987, and 1990, under the leadership of head coach Paul "Bud" Billiard and assistant coaches Perry West, Harry Alward, Randy Weppler, Bill Ewusiak, Dave Reitter, and Hurricane Head Ed Wahnhas.

1994 BHS graduate Mac McLean was hired as head football coach in July 2014 to help restart the Bruin program after decades of dormancy.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  2. ^ "West Virginia School Directory On-line". Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Brooke High School - Public School". Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  4. ^ "". Retrieved July 18, 2016.