Maple Heights High School
|Maple Heights High School|
|5500 Clement Drive|
Maple Heights, (Cuyahoga County), Ohio 44137
|Type||Public, Coeducational high school|
|Color(s)||Maroon and White |
|Athletics conference||Lake Erie League|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools |
|Athletic Director||Nick Kaliszewski |
Maple Heights High School is a public high school located in Maple Heights, Ohio, southeast of Cleveland, Ohio. It graduated its first class in 1925. It was the first high school in America to offer a credit class in popular culture studies, created in 1975. It also offered a broadcast journalism class, Television Journalism, which produced a long-running public-access television cable TV program entitled Maple Schools Today, which ran on several Cleveland Ohio cable outlets from 1984 through 2002.
A completely new high school building opened in 2013, replacing one that dated back 90 years. A new stadium with artificial turf and an all-weather track opened in 2014.
Maple Heights High School athletics is best known for the success of the boys' wrestling teams. They won 10 state championships in a 19-year period from 1956–1974. They were led by legendary coach Mike Milkovich. Milkovich played a role in a sports brawl that led eventually to a U.S. Supreme Court case, Milkovich v. Lorain Journal Co., an important free speech case.
The team nickname is the Mustangs.
Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships
- Mary Oliver – Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award winning poet, described by The New York Times as "far and away, [America's] best-selling poet".
- Bruce E. Grooms – rear admiral in the United States Navy. He previously served as Commander of Submarine Group TWO and currently serves as Vice Director of the Joint Staff. He has also served as the 81st Commandant of Midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy.
- Ric Ocasek – lead singer of The Cars, a 1968 graduate. The Cars won the Grammy Award for Rock Vocal Group in 1980, Rock Vocal Group in 1985, and Pop Vocal Group in 1985. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.
- Chuck Findley – Class of 1965. Findley was the trumpet player in The Tonight Show Band from 1989–2001, and also played on three albums by Steely Dan. He is often included as a member of the legendary group of session men known as The Wrecking Crew.
- Travis Haley – aka Lexxi Foxx, bass player for the neo-hair metal band Steel Panther.
- Len Kosmalski – NBA basketball player (Kansas City Kings)
- Frank Mestnik – Class of 1953. Played professional football for the St. Louis Cardinals and Green Bay Packers.
- Dale Mohorcic – relief pitcher in Major League Baseball from 1986 to 1990.
- Richard Quinn – Professional football tight end who played for the Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins.
Notes and references
- OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Archived from the original on 2010-11-03. Retrieved 2010-02-17.
- NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on September 23, 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-17.
- OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved 2006-12-31.
- Yappi. "Yappi Sports Wrestling". Retrieved 2007-02-12.