Magnolia High School (West Virginia)

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Magnolia High School
MHS Blue Eagle Logo.jpg
601 Maple Avenue
New Martinsville, West Virginia, (Wetzel County) 26155
United States
Coordinates 39°38′47″N 80°51′41″W / 39.646304°N 80.861328°W / 39.646304; -80.861328Coordinates: 39°38′47″N 80°51′41″W / 39.646304°N 80.861328°W / 39.646304; -80.861328
School type Public
School board Wetzel County Schools
Superintendent Mr. Ed Toman
Principal Kathi D. Schmalz
Grades 912
Enrollment 12 (2012-2013)
Language English
Color(s) Navy blue and old gold         
Team name Blue Eagles
Yearbook The Magnolian

Magnolia High School (MHS) is a public secondary school in New Martinsville, West Virginia, United States. It is part of the Wetzel County Schools district and is located at 601 Maple Avenue. As of the 2012–13 school year, enrollment is 435 students. The feeder school for Magnolia is New Martinsville School. Its partners in education are Bayer, Progressive Bank, and Wendy's.



Magnolia's sports teams are now known as the "Blue Eagles". However, prior to 1933, the teams were known as the Blue Blizzard. The school changed the mascot to the Blue Eagles, the symbol of Franklin Roosevelt's National Recovery Act.


The current building is the fifth incarnation of the school, having been built in 1987–1988 and opened for use in the 1988–89 school year. The building is built on the site of the fourth building, which was built in 1923 to house a rapidly growing student population. That building was razed after the completion of the new school; currently, the auditorium and music departments sit on that site. A portion of that building still stands, as it was part of a 1960 addition to the school. The former shop and vocational rooms have been renovated and house home economics, art, driver education, and health/wellness classrooms.

Clubs and Organizations[edit]

Magnolia's chapter of TSA won Outstanding Chapter in West Virginia 16 consecutive years (1995–2011), relinquishing the title to Tyler Consolidated High School in 2012.


  • Annual Publication--The Magnolian (103rd edition)
  • Promenade at New Martinsville City Building (established 2002)
  • Musical Theater--the school has one of the longest running musical theater programs in West Virginia, dating from 1963 and producing over 50 years of various types of musical theater programming.
  • The alma mater is sung to the tune of "Annie LIsle".
  • The fight song is sung to the tune of "On Wisconsin".



Magnolia's athletic teams currently play in the WVSSAC at the A level and the OVAC at the AAA level. Teams include:

  • Boys: Football, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Golf, Wrestling, Track, Cross Country, Cheerleading
  • Girls: Soccer, Basketball, Softball, Volleyball, Track, Cross Country, Cheerleading, Tennis

Recently, the WVSSAC realigned its athletic divisions and has announced that the school will be rated as a WV A level school, based on 2011 school enrollments. The school is eligible to continue compete at the AA level; however, a decision has been made to compete at the A level.

Championships by Sport[edit]

Magnolia carries a rich tradition of high school championships:[1][2]

  • State Football Champions in 1964, 2010 (AA), 2015 (A)
  • State Baseball Champions in 1989, 2006
  • State Boys Basketball Champions in 1961, 1962, 2000, 2003, 2015 (A)
  • State Girls Basketball Champions in 2005
  • State Boys Cross Country Champions in 1981, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1996
  • State Girls Cross Country Champions in 1983, 1986, 1987
  • State Boys Track Champions in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2011
  • State Girls Track Champions in 1979, 1985, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2016 (A)
  • State Volleyball Champions in 1983, 1984, 1999
  • OVAC Football Champions in 1960, 1961, 1972, 1973, 1981, 1991, 1992, 1998, 2001, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015
  • OVAC Baseball Champions in 1976, 1980, 1994, 2001, 2009, 2013
  • OVAC Boys Basketball Champions in 1951, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016
  • OVAC Girls Basketball Champions in 2004
  • OVAC Boys Cross Country Champions in 1977, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 2011
  • OVAC Girls Cross Country Champions in 1982, 1983
  • OVAC Boys Track Champions in 1983, 1984, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • OVAC Girls Track Champions in 1979, 1980, 1991, 1997
  • OVAC Volleyball Champions in 1991, 2007
  • OVAC Boys Soccer Champions in 1999
  • OVAC Wrestling Champions in 2015, 2016
  • OVAC Golf Champions in 2015
  • OVAC Softball Champions in 2004, 2006, 2012


Magnolia has been playing high school football since 1903 and has more than 600 victories. In 1912, Magnolia beat Woodsfield, Ohio 157-0 which still stands as the state record for the most points scored in a game.[3]

The 2015 Magnolia football team beat East Hardy High School in the Class A Championship 62-0 which is the state record for the most points scored in a championship game.

A Magnolia football player has won the Kennedy Award on three occasions: Mark Cisar (twice) and Justin Fox.


  • One of the oldest public high schools in West Virginia (established 1879), first graduating class 1896
  • Has graduated 118 classes
  • One of the oldest bands in the state of West Virginia (establish 1926)
  • Basketball established 1914
  • Baseball established 1916

Notable alumni[edit]

Well known graduates of Magnolia include:

Chase Edward Barker, professional photographer and film maker

See also[edit]


  1. ^ WVSSAC Champion Records
  2. ^ OVAC Champion Records
  3. ^ The InterMountain
  4. ^ Clark Hall