Jump to content

McClain High School (Greenfield, Ohio)

Coordinates: 39°21′7″N 83°23′16″W / 39.35194°N 83.38778°W / 39.35194; -83.38778
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
McClain High School
200 North 5th Street


United States
Coordinates39°21′7″N 83°23′16″W / 39.35194°N 83.38778°W / 39.35194; -83.38778
TypePublic high school
Established1914 (1914)
School districtGreenfield Exempted Village Schools
NCES School ID390454002203[1]
PrincipalMatt Shelton[2]
Teaching staff30.00 (on an FTE basis)[1]
Enrollment549 (2016-2017)[1]
Student to teacher ratio18.30[1]
Color(s)Purple and gold   [2]
Athletics conferenceFrontier Athletic Conference[2]
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools[3]

McClain High School is a public high school in Greenfield, Ohio, United States. It is part of the Greenfield Exempted Village Schools district.


The Edward Lee McClain High School, 1922

The school was a gift to the community in 1912 from the inventor and local industrialist Edward Lee McClain. Construction on the school started in 1914, with the first classes held beginning in 1916. The building was designed by architect William B. Ittner. The McClain family later donated a vocational building, natatorium, and athletic fields adjoining the high school in 1923, at the same time that the community began construction of a new elementary building.

The school was almost torn down due to the high cost of remodeling and lack of finances. A large-scale community and historical effort led to the high school being saved. It is listed as an Ohio Historical Society landmark.[4]



The school is a member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association and participates in the Frontier Athletic Conference (FAC). The swim team also participates in the SOSL (Southern Ohio Swim League) and, starting in 2008, the SCOL. Athletics include and are currently limited to:[5]


  • Football (boys and girls)
  • Cross country (boys and girls; separate)
  • Soccer (boys and girls; separate)
  • Volleyball (boys and girls)
  • Golf (boys and girls; separate)
  • Marching band (boys and girls; combined)
  • Tigerettes (dance team for MB) (girls only)
  • Football cheerleading (girls only)


  • Basketball (boys and girls; separate)
  • Wrestling
  • Swimming (boys and girls; separate; combined in middle school)
  • Wrestling (boys and girls; combined)
  • Basketball cheerleading (girls only)
  • Quick Recall (boys and girls; combined)


  • Baseball (boys only)
  • Softball (girls only)
  • Track and field (boys and girls; separate)

Other activities


Other activities include concert, symphonic, marching, jazz, and pep bands; Hi-Y; McClain Youth in Action; National Honor Society; National Art Honor Society; Future Farmers of America; FBLA-PBL; FCCLA; Student Council; Junior/Senior Executive Committee; an independent television and radio program; Environthon Team; Annual Staff; concert, symphonic, and show choirs; and Theatrical/Drama and Chess Clubs.



There are approximately 200 paintings, murals, statues, and other forms of art adorning the hallways and classrooms. These include a marble staircase, a statue of Lorenzo de' Medici, the Rookwood tile backed water fountains, Tiffany lamps and the Hiram Powers' marble bust of Ginevra,[6] with Ginevra being found only in this institution and in one other. It has a pool that was constructed in 1923, making it the oldest high school pool still in use, multiple stories and buildings, a structured row of colonnades lining the buildings, two gyms, a trophy hall, a courtyard and clocktower, and a track and field, among other resources.[7]

Notable alumni


Notable staff



  1. ^ a b c d "Search for Public Schools - McClain High School (390454002203)". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Archived from the original on 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2010-03-16.
  3. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 16, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-16.
  4. ^ Ohio Historical Society, OhioHistory.org Archived 2008-09-05 at the Wayback Machine, Columbus OH.
  5. ^ http://greenfield.k12.oh.us/mcclain.aspx
  6. ^ "Greenfield Exempted Village Schools-Edward Lee McClain High School". Archived from the original on 2008-06-20. Retrieved 2008-09-05.
  7. ^ "@SavingPlaces #TellTheFullStory | National Trust for Historic Preservation".
  8. ^ "Former Major League Baseball player, Greenfield native Don Grate dies at 91". The Highland County Press. November 24, 2014. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
  9. ^ Patton, Bob (July 9, 2010). "professional baseball and basketball player". The Highland County Press. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
  10. ^ "Obit for Coach "Duke" Hayes" (PDF). The Greenfield Times. Greenfield Historical Society. July 6, 1967. Retrieved November 25, 2014.