Glenville High School

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Glenville High School
Glenville in 1966.jpg
Glenville High School 1966
650 East 113th Street
Cleveland, (Cuyahoga County), Ohio 44108
United States
Coordinates 41°32′21″N 81°36′24″W / 41.53917°N 81.60667°W / 41.53917; -81.60667Coordinates: 41°32′21″N 81°36′24″W / 41.53917°N 81.60667°W / 41.53917; -81.60667
Type Public, Coeducational high school
Established 1892 [1]
Status Active
Superintendent Eric Gordon
Principal Jacqueline Bell (since 1999)
Grades 9-12
Color(s) Red and Black [2]         
Athletics conference Senate League[2]
Nickname The Ville
Team name Tarblooders[2]
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [3]
Newspaper The Torch (1910s – c.1993)
Athletic Director Jemel Haines

Glenville Academic Campus is a public high school in the Glenville area on the East Side of Cleveland, Ohio. The school is part of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. The school originally resided at the former Oliver Wendell Holmes school (then The Doan Building) which formerly sat on the northeast corner of E. 105th and St. Clair then later moved to Parkwood and Everton in October 1904 as population grew [4]. The current building was built in 1964 and is located at E. 113th and St. Clair.


The Village of Glenville was incorporated in 1870, and was annexed by the City of Cleveland in 1904. Glenville was known for its farmlands, glens of trees and summer leisuring for the wealthy during its early years.[5] Having been initially settled by northern European immigrants, by the end of the World War I, the demographic began to shift with an influx of Jews. By the Great Depression, the Glenville neighborhood had become the epicenter of Cleveland's Jewish population, with the high school reflecting the change.[6] Glenville's population remained in flux, with the demographic changing considerably since World War II. By the 1950s, the neighborhood was predominantly African-American, with the school's enrollment reflecting the shift accordingly.[6]


Jerry Siegel (October 17, 1914 – January 28, 1996) and Joe Shuster (July 10, 1914 - July 30, 1992), co-creators of the DC Comics character Superman, both attended Glenville, with Siegel working for the weekly student newspaper, The Torch in which he published the Tarzan parody, Goober the Mighty. Siegel and Shuster together also published what may have been the first SF fanzine, Cosmic Stories. Superman has since gone on to become one of the most recognized fictional characters of modern times.


The school's athletic teams are called the Tarblooders. The school is most notable for its football team and track teams, both coached by Ted Ginn, Sr. During the 2006 college football season, Glenville had seven of its graduates on the Ohio State Buckeyes football roster alone. Several of those players were also members of the track and field team, which won five consecutive Ohio High School State Championships.[7]

In November 2009, Glenville's football team beat regional powerhouse Massillon to become the first Cleveland Public school to advance to the State Final in OHSAA Playoff history.[8]

Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships[edit]

  • Boys Track -1959, 1960, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1975, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2014 [7]

Robert Ware: "Bullet" Bobby Ware was inducted into the OHIO ASSOCIATION OF TRACK & CROSS COUNTRY COACHES HALL OF FAME in 2002. Robert Ware, is arguably the greatest sprinter ever to attend the storied Cleveland Glenville High School where he won multiple State Meet Titles in relays, 100 and 220 yard dashes. His record-setting teams also won three championships in the 880 yard relay and three State Meet Titles in the same years of 1966, 1967, and 1968. Robert participated at Cuyahoga Community College and Western Kentucky University. Robert ran in the 1972 Olympic Trials. He also competed with the Philadelphia Pioneer Track Club when he ran the fastest time in the world as a member of the 400 meter relay in 1972.

Notable alumni[edit]


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