Canton McKinley High School

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Old McKinley High School building at Canton McKinley High School

Canton McKinley Senior High School is a public high school in Canton, Stark County, Ohio, and part of the Canton City School District. It is one of the oldest high schools in Ohio, and was once one of Ohio's largest. The original McKinley building on Market Avenue North was opened on March 27, 1918. The students of Central High School and North High School were moved to the new building. The school was named for President William McKInley (whose home was across the street from McKinley High School) and his sister, Anna McKinley, who taught in the Canton Public Schools for 30 years. When it opened, it was the only high school in Canton. By 1943, it was one of four high schools, as enrollment in the city schools dictated Lehman High School, Lincoln High School, and Timken Vocational High School be opened. As the city of Canton's population declined, so did city school enrollment. In the spring of 1976, the Canton City Schools closed all four high schools in the city. Lehman and Lincoln reverted to junior high schools, and Timken Senior High School and McKinley Senior High School were their replacements. McKinley Senior opened in a new building on the site of Fawcett Stadium. In February 2015, the Canton City School board approved closing Timken as a traditional four-year high school, thus making McKinley the city's only high school for the first time since Lehman became a high school in 1937. McKinley High School's enrollment peaked in the 1935 – 1936 school year with 4,000 students attending.[1]


Canton McKinley competes in the Federal League, one of the oldest athletic conferences in Ohio.

Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships[edit]


Canton McKinley is 7th in the nation in football wins all-time, with 813 as of December 2015. McKinley is also second in Ohio in win total.

Prior to the start of the current playoff format in Ohio high school football, McKinley had won seven AP poll titles. Since the playoff format began, McKinley has won three State Titles, in 1981, 1997, and 1998. They have been State Runner-Up three times in 1977, 1985, and 2004.

The rivalry[edit]

McKinley-Massillon is the 13th most played rivalry in the nation, with 126 meetings between the schools. The rivalry is also tied for the nation's 14th oldest, dating back to 1894 and was profiled in the November 14, 1994 issue of Sports Illustrated.

The venue[edit]

McKinley plays at Fawcett Stadium (soon to be Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium when renovations are complete), which seats over 22,500 fans. Fawcett is also home to the NFL's annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Game (The Hall is in Canton)

Famous Bulldogs[edit]

Famous Bulldogs include Percy Snow, Kenny Peterson, Marion Motley, Wayne Fontes, Ray Ellis, Jamar Martin, the late Pro Bowl linebacker John Grimsley, Mike Doss, Reggie Corner and Josh McDaniels (New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks coach, former Denver Broncos Head Coach). Famous former coaches include Don Nehlen (West Virginia) and Ben Schwartzwalder (Syracuse), Eric Snow (Former Cleveland Cavaliers Point Guard.)


McKinley is #1 in Ohio in wins all-time. They have won three State Championships in 1983–84, 2004–05, and 2005–2006. They have been State Runners-Up eight times, and hold Ohio records for most appearances in the Championship game (11), Final Four appearances (23), and Sweet Sixteen appearances (48).

Famous Bulldogs[edit]

McKinley has had several players move on to the NBA, including Nick Weatherspoon, Phil Hubbard, Gary Grant, Eric Snow, Michael Hawkins, and Keith McLeod. With Nick Weatherspoon playing in the NBA from 1973 to 1980, Phil Hubbard from 1980 to 1989, Gary Grant from 1989 to 2001, Eric Snow from 1996 to 2008, Michael Hawkins from 1997 to 2001, and Keith McCleod from 2004 to present, McKinley has had a graduate in the NBA continuously since 1973, which is believed to be a record.[citation needed]

Merger with Timken High School[edit]

On February 25, 2015, Canton City Schools approved the merger of McKinley High School and Timken High School, giving Canton a single high school for the first time since 1937. Freshmen of the merged schools will attend the Freshmen Academy located at the current Timken High School, while grades 10–12 attend the senior high school located at the current McKinley building. The remaining high school will retain the McKinley name, mascot, and colors.[8]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable Staff[edit]


Notes and references[edit]

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  2. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Football". Retrieved February 12, 2007. 
  3. ^ OHSSCA. "Ohio High School Swim Coaches' Association-Boys Swimming State Champions". Archived from the original on June 22, 2006. Retrieved March 8, 2007. 
  4. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Basketball AAA". Retrieved February 12, 2007. 
  5. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Basketball D1". Retrieved February 12, 2007. 
  6. ^ a b c d OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved December 31, 2006. 
  7. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Baseball". Retrieved February 12, 2007. 
  8. ^ "School Board Unanimously Approves "One Community, One School"". Canton City School District. Retrieved 2015-02-26. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°49′07″N 81°23′54″W / 40.81861°N 81.39833°W / 40.81861; -81.39833