Grove City High School

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Grove City High School
4665 Hoover Road
Grove City, Ohio, (Franklin County) 43123
United States
Coordinates 39°52′10″N 83°04′20″W / 39.8695°N 83.07229°W / 39.8695; -83.07229Coordinates: 39°52′10″N 83°04′20″W / 39.8695°N 83.07229°W / 39.8695; -83.07229
Type Public, Coeducational high school
Established 1970
School district South-Western City Schools
Authority 69 teachers, 69 classified staff members, and four administrators
Superintendent Bill Wise[1]
Principal Bryan O'Shea
Teaching staff 69 teachers
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,870
Color(s)           Crimson & Blue [1]
Athletics conference Ohio Capital Conference[1]
Mascot Greyhound
Team name Greyhounds
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [2]
Newspaper Newshound

Grove City High School is a high school in Grove City, Ohio, United States. It is one of the five high schools in the South-Western City Schools district. It houses about 1,900 students in grades 9-12. Formerly Jackson High School, Grove City High School moved from the former Park Street building in 1970, where it had been located since 1929. Grove City High School was chartered in the fall of 1895. The average classroom experience of GCHS teachers is 15.89 years. 46 teachers have bachelor's degrees and 63 have master's degrees or beyond. Special training has included TESA, Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) training, site-based leadership training, integrated learning, alternative assessment, and alternative classroom management. Grove City High School has been A School Of Excellence for five years now.

Instrumental Music Program[edit]

The Grove City High School instrumental music program has over 300 wind, percussion, and string musicians who participate in various performing groups. These groups include the Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Bands, Jazz Bands, Concert Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, and Percussion Ensemble. There is also a Flag Corps who perform with the Marching Band and participate in Winter Guard competitions.

The Grove City High School Marching Band has received over 30 Grand Champion awards over the last ten years in OMEA competitions. The band received superior ratings at the OMEA State Marching Band Contest every year since the contest's inception in 1980 until the fall of 2009 when repeated school levy failures resulted in the cancellation of all extracurricular activities, including marching band.


Marched in Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, in 1990, 2000, and again in 2017. Named the Grand Champion at Music Fest Orlando in the Parade Division Competition in Florida in 1993 and again in 1997. In 2002, the band took 5th place in the finals of Bands Of America Regional Competition in Louisville, Kentucky as well as winning Outstanding Musical Performance. In 2003 the band was invited to the 42nd Annual Contest Of Champions in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and placed 5th in finals. Marched in the London New Year's Day Parade, 2005. In 2008, the marching band performed in the Blue Cross National Shield competition in Arizona. They took 2nd place overall in finals, also receiving 1st place plaques in several other categories. They were also the grand champions of the Fiesta Bowl Parade. In 2012, the marching band returned to these competitions, this time receiving Grand Champion status in both the Fiesta Bowl Parade and the Fiesta Bowl Field Show Finals as well as 1st place plaques in Drum Majors, General Effect, Visual Performance and Musical Performance; receiving 2nd place in percussion. The Band also was chosen to march the 128th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California on January 2, 2017 and marched Bandfest presented by REMO in California.

  • Symphonic & Concert Bands - The Symphonic Band has consistently received superior ratings in Class AA at both district and state OMEA adjudicated events for over thirty years (since 1975), as has Concert Band I in Class B, and more recently Class A, for over twenty years (since 1984). Concert Band II performs in the Class C level, and earned straight superior ratings at both district and state adjudicated events in 2005.

Highlights for the Symphonic Band:

Performed at the 50th Anniversary of the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois on December 19, 1996. Invited to perform at the MidwestClinic again in 2002. Performed at the 1993 and 2001 OMEA State Convention and was the clinician band for the composer Francis McBeth at the 1995 OMEA State Convention, as well as for Mark Kelly in 1989. Guest band for the Directors' Clinic at Miami University with Donald Hunsburger of the Eastman School of Music and H. Robert Reynolds from the University of Michigan.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

  • Boys Sports (Soccer, Golf, Cross Country, Football, Basketball, Wrestling, Swimming, Baseball, Track and Tennis)
  • Girls Sports (Softball, Golf, Track, Basketball, Swimming, Gymnastics, Basketball and Football Cheerleading, Volleyball, Soccer, Tennis, and Cross Country)
  • Instrumental Music programs (Marching Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Concert Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra, Flag Corps)
  • Vocal Music Programs (Concert Choir, Symphonic Choir, Chorale, Show Choir [Touch of Class (Co-ed) and Class Act (Unisex)], Men/Women's Chorus)
  • Key Club
  • Ski Club
  • In-The-Know Team
  • Drama Club
  • German Exchange Program
  • Foreign Language Club (Spanish,French,German)
  • Mock Trial Team
  • Art Club
  • Feats of Clay Team
  • WGCH News
  • DECA
  • School Store
  • Business Professionals of America
  • ROTC Drill Team
  • Pistol Team
  • Color Guard
  • SLAM (Student Literary Arts Magazine)
  • Yearbook
  • National Honor Society
  • Dawg Show
  • Guitar Club
  • LAIR
  • Magic Club
  • Grove City Young Life
  • Astronomy Club
  • Japanese Language and Culture Club
  • Geek Club
  • Youth in Government

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Archived from the original on 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  2. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on September 23, 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-17. 

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