Cleveland Heights High School

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Cleveland Heights High School
13263 Cedar Road
Cleveland Heights, Ohio, (Cuyahoga County) 44118
United States
Coordinates 41°30′8″N 81°33′47″W / 41.50222°N 81.56306°W / 41.50222; -81.56306Coordinates: 41°30′8″N 81°33′47″W / 41.50222°N 81.56306°W / 41.50222; -81.56306
Type Public, coeducational high school
Established 1901
School district Cleveland Heights – University Heights City School District
Superintendent Talisa Dixon
Principal Zoraba Ross[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1803 (2014-2015)
Color(s) Black and gold[1]         
Slogan "Let's Go Tigers! Eat 'Em Up, Eat 'Em Up!"
Athletics conference Lake Erie League[1]
Nickname The Tigers
Team name Tigers[1]
Athletic Director Dwight Hollins

Cleveland Heights High School (commonly known as Heights) is the senior high school of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District.


Cleveland Heights High School was founded in 1901. The current student population is more than 1800, with 18 students per full-time teacher. The student body is mostly African-American, with 76 percent identifying themselves as such, and Caucasian (19%), multiracial (4%) and Asian (1%) minorities.

Heights athletic teams play in Division I.

The school is known for its strong music departments, including the Vocal Music Department (VMD) which includes A Cappella, Men's and Women's Barbershop, Singers, and Men and Women's choruses. The Heights Gospel Choir was founded in 1974, and remains active as an extracurricular ensemble. The Instrumental Music Department (IMD) consists of the Heights High Symphony, Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Concert Orchestra, Marching Band, Jazz Lab, and Jazz Band. During the 1960 and 1970s, Heights High's music programs were nationally recognized, with the Choir and Orchestra considered among the best in the country. For a number of years, world-renowned musicians performed with the Orchestra. The Heights Band & Orchestra Parents organization and Heights Choir Parents Organization played a major role in promoting music and making Heights High synonymous with the highest quality music. The Heights High Symphony, Symphonic Winds and Jazz Ensemble competed in the 2007 Heritage Festival in Chicago, Illinois, culminating with an award ceremony at Medieval Times where the Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Jazz Ensemble, received Gold (or Superior) ratings.

The life stories of 48 graduates of Cleveland Heights High School are featured in the book Every Tiger Has a Tale, written by Gary Stromberg, a 1968 graduate of the school.

In 1991, the school won the 23rd National High School chess tournament. The team consisted of Andy Gard, Joshua Jex, Ari Singer and Wenning Xing. Xing also tied for the second place individual spot with a score of 6.0 out of seven, and Waitzkin (of Searching for Bobby Fischer fame) took first place with 6.5 out of seven.[2]

Gates Foundation involvement[edit]

Heights High School recently became a pilot school for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Small schools movement. Heights has divided itself into what used to be five and now four small schools designed to improve student achievement based on an individual's learning style. The five schools at Heights are:[3]

  • Legacy
  • Mosaic Experience
  • R.E.A.L.
  • Renaissance
  • P.R.I.D.E (removed after the 2010-2011 school year)

Much controversy has arisen among students and teachers around the implementation of small schools at Heights, as well as how they have been run.[citation needed]

In popular culture[edit]

Cleveland Heights High School was featured in the 2006 movie The Oh in Ohio, featuring Mischa Barton and Danny DeVito. The cafeteria and pool are easily recognizable, along with other spots frequented by Heights High students such as Coventry Village. Seventeen magazine also did a featured spread on the senior class in 1975.

Ohio High School Athletic Association state championships[edit]

  • Baseball — 1947[4]
  • Basketball — 1997[5]
  • Hockey — 1987
  • Swimming — 1932, 1933, 1934, 1965
  • Wrestling — 1976[6]
  • Track and field — 1941, 1982, 2008
  • Girls' track and field — 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995

Other non-OHSAA state titles[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District
  4. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Baseball". Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  5. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Basketball D1". Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  6. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Wrestling". Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ American Israel Public Affairs Committee
  9. ^ [3]
  10. ^ "Mandel Kramer" (PDF). Radio-TV Mirror. March 1953. p. 5. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  11. ^ [4]

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