Hudson High School (Ohio)

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Hudson High School
2500 Hudson-Aurora Road


Coordinates41°15′15″N 81°25′00″W / 41.254097°N 81.416674°W / 41.254097; -81.416674Coordinates: 41°15′15″N 81°25′00″W / 41.254097°N 81.416674°W / 41.254097; -81.416674
School districtHudson City School District
PrincipalBrian Wilch
Enrollment1,562 (2016-17)[1]
Color(s)Navy blue and White
Athletics conferenceSuburban League
National Division
Team nameExplorers
RivalStow-Munroe Falls Bulldogs
AccreditationOhio Department of Education
NewspaperThe Explorer
YearbookThe Log

Hudson High School (HHS) is a public high school in Hudson, Ohio, United States. It is the only high school in the Hudson City School District and is located on a 72-acre (29 ha) campus that has been developed to include a variety of athletic fields, such as six tennis courts, a lighted baseball field, track, and football stadium. As of the 2014–15 school year, the school has an enrollment of 1,631 students, mainly from Hudson and neighboring Boston Township. Athletic teams are known as the Explorers with school colors of navy blue and white, and compete in the Suburban League National Division.


Since 2009, the head principal has been Brian Wilch.[2]

In March 2005, many of Hudson High School's student body staged a walkout to protest the firing of their principal, Roger Howard. The story caught the attention of local television stations, one of the stations was Cleveland Indy Media Center [3]


The current building, opened in August 1992, is designed to grow with the community. It was designed by Lesko Architects of Cleveland, Ohio. The academic wing of the high school was built to accommodate 1600 students in 104 teaching stations, while the core facilities such as the library, commons, auditorium, hallways, and offices were designed for a student population of 2200 to 2400. The academic wings are expandable at the east and west ends to increase its capacity to 2400 students. An expansion on the west side of the building was completed in time for the 2006-2007 school year.


The school was established in 1885, and the first class of students graduated that year.

Today, a number of special education programs and educational options for gifted students are available. Hudson offers numerous courses at the accelerated level, as well as 22 Advanced Placement (AP) courses. HHS also offers several multi-period enrichment classes that include English and Social Studies curricula, including Networking, Contemporary Issues, Service Learning, and New Dimensions.[4] Advanced Placement courses in World Languages are also available. In addition, HHS has technical offerings including basic computer skills, AP Computer Science, and a web design and programming class.[5] Hudson High School also has a music program that includes five choirs, two orchestras, a marching band, two jazz bands, three concert bands, and a percussion ensemble. The high school also publishes a student newspaper, The Explorer.

The high school is also part of the Six District Educational Compact, a joint program of six area school districts (Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Kent, Stow-Munroe Falls, Tallmadge and Woodridge) to share access to each of their vocational training facilities and career resources.[6]


Hudson High School is a member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association and the National Division of the Suburban League and offers 25 sports and 58 teams in athletic competition. The school colors are navy blue and white. The sports teams are called the Hudson Explorers, named in honor of Hudsonite Lincoln Ellsworth. Hudson's rival is Stow-Munroe Falls High School.[7] Hudson High School's motto is "Don't Give Up The Ship", in honor of Commodore Perry's ship on Lake Erie during the War of 1812.

Hudson Memorial Stadium opened in 2012 and is a privately funded stadium with 6,000 seats located on the high school's current campus, replacing the 3000-seat Lavelli Field at the old high school. It was dedicated by the Murdough Family in honor of all the men and women, including those of Hudson, who have sacrificed their lives in war.[8] The school is also in the process of developing the Hudson Tennis Center, which will be completely funded through donations; phase I was unveiled in Fall of 2015 for a cost of $280,000, which included six new courts replacing the six that were installed when the school was built in 1992. The courts were rebuilt from the ground up and included redesigned water drainage between the baseball field and parking lot. Phase II of the Hudson Tennis Center project is planned to include four additional courts, lighting on all courts, and a tennis pavilion. It is projected to cost an additional $900,000. Completion is slated for whenever necessary funding is reached.

State championships[edit]

National championships[edit]

Musical groups[edit]


The school's band program primarily includes their marching band, concert bands, and jazz bands.

Concert bands[edit]

The concert bands are divided into three concert bands by audition: Wind Symphony, Blue Symphonic Band, and White Symphonic Band. Wind Symphony is recognized as the most advanced group with the Blue Symphonic Band and White Symphonic Band being equal in skill. Seating is determined by individual auditions with the directors.

Jazz bands[edit]

The jazz band currently has two levels of performance: Jazz I and Jazz II.


Hudson High School's orchestra is split into the Chamber Orchestra and the Sinfonietta group, the Chamber Orchestra exhibiting the more advanced players.


There is a general choir program, a chamber choir, and a show choir. Under former director Mrs. Amy Foulkes, they were invited to and traveled to Carnegie Hall in New York to perform.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Hudson High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  2. ^ Hudson High School / Wilch Biography
  3. ^ "Cleveland Indy Media Center (((i)))". Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  4. ^ Hudson High School / English
  5. ^ Hudson High School / Computer Science
  6. ^ "The Six District Educational Compact Overview". Six District Educational Compact. 2010. Archived from the original on August 5, 2010. Retrieved September 23, 2010.
  7. ^ Barrone, Rob (February 22, 2009). "Big shooting night goes for naught as Hudson beats Stow". Stow Sentry. Record Publishing Co, LLC. Archived from the original on July 26, 2011. Retrieved August 24, 2010. ... the Bulldogs hosted neighboring and Northeast Ohio Conference River Division rival Hudson Feb. 13.
  8. ^ Carney, Jim (December 22, 2009). "$2 million gift to help build Hudson stadium". The Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved February 1, 2010.
  9. ^ OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved December 31, 2006.
  10. ^ ESPN RISE. "FAB 50 - FALL 2009 RANKINGS: FINAL". Archived from the original on April 19, 2011. Retrieved April 11, 2011.

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