McClain High School (Greenfield, Ohio)

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Edward Lee McClain High School
Edward Lee McClain High School.jpg
200 North Fifth Street
Greenfield, (Highland County), Ohio 45123
United States
Coordinates 39°21′7″N 83°23′16″W / 39.35194°N 83.38778°W / 39.35194; -83.38778Coordinates: 39°21′7″N 83°23′16″W / 39.35194°N 83.38778°W / 39.35194; -83.38778
Type Public, Coeducational high school
Established 1914
Superintendent Joe Wills[1]
Principal Jason Potts[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment ~650
Color(s) Purple and Gold [1]         
Athletics conference Frontier Athletic Conference[1]
Team name Tigers[1]
Rival Hillsboro High School
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [2]
Athletic Director Trevor Arnett[1]

Edward Lee McClain High School is a public high school for people in Greenfield, Ohio, United States. 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 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 Edward Lee McClain High School, 1922

With approximately 200 paintings, murals, statues, and other forms of art adorning the hallways and classrooms, McClain High School shows its uniqueness with its artwork and community support. Among the many pieces, the most fascinating are the marble staircase, a statue of Lorenzo de' Medici, the Rookwood tile backed water fountains, Tiffany lamps and the Hiram Powers' marble bust of Ginevra,[3] with Ginevra being found only in this institution and in one other. The building was designed by architect William B. Ittner. Due to wear and tear on the marble staircase, the staircase is off limits to current students, and walking down the stairs is a rite of passage for graduating seniors, alumni, and faculty.

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 the high school being saved. It is operating well today, with working AC units, a fully functioning pool (the school boasts that its pool is the oldest high school pool still in use in the nation, constructed in 1923), 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.[4]

The high school is listed as an Ohio Historical Society landmark.[5]


Many sports are available to the students at McClain High School. The athletic director is Mr. T. Arnett.

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. Sports available at this school include and are currently limited to:[6]


  • Football (Boys only)
  • Cross Country (Boys and Girls; separate)
  • Soccer (Boys and Girls; separate)
  • Volleyball (Girls only)
  • 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

Dante' Jackson holds the school's record for the most points (2,423), rebounds (1,014), assists (502) and steals (312)...his point total of 2,423 points ranks 11th on the Ohio all-time scoring one of only two players in the state of Ohio to finish their career with over 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds (Bellaire's N. Davis is the other)...posted impressive school record career averages of 25 points and 10.5 rebounds per game...also set the school single-game records for points with 45 vs. Adena (12-30-05), rebounds with 21 vs. Upper Sandusky (1-6-07), assists with 15 vs. Madison Plains (12-10-04) and steals with eight vs. Washington Court House (1-18-05)...McClain posted a composite record of 85-12 during Jackson's four-year career, including three South Central Ohio League Championships, four Sectional Championships and two District Championships.[7]

The school's basketball team holds numerous sectional and district titles, with a final AP poll ranking at 1st in Division II basketball for 2006-2007.

  • Swimming (Boys and Girls; separate/combined in Middle School) [Mascot changed to Lady Tigersharks for the girls.]

After years of building up the swim program, the Tigersharks have earned community and league status. The Boys team has gone undefeated in their league for two years [2005-2006, 2007-2008] and have won numerous league titles since the program has started, including the first ever S.C.O.L. swimming meet, in which the boys hold the records for every event(2008-2009). The Girls team earned their first league title in 2006-2007, have replaced many of the school's records, and repeatedly have a number of girls qualifying for district meets, but have not yet seen a swimmer make it to the state finals. Both teams have also attained numerous sectional titles.

District results for 2007-2008:[8] District results for 2008-2009:[9]

  • 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)

Dante' Jackson's athletic ability also showed in track and field as he won the 2006 Division II State Championship in the 110 meter hurdles, becoming the first state champion in school history... repeated his championship effort in 2007.[7]

Other Activities[edit]

Other activities available for students include concert, 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; plus Theatrical/Drama and Chess Clubs.

About the Performance Index[edit]

Ohio uses the Performance Index to provide an overall indication of how well students perform on its standardized tests each year. The Performance Index scores are based upon how well each student does on all tested subjects in grades 3 through 8 and 10. Schools and districts earn anywhere from 1.2 points for each student scoring at the advanced level to zero points for each untested student. The Performance Index ranges between 0 and 120, with 100 as the statewide goal for all students.

(2007) 91

(2006) 93

(2005) 97

About the Tests[edit]

In 2006-2007 Ohio used the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. State averages displayed on public school profiles include public schools only. State averages displayed on private school profiles include private schools only. Beginning with the class of 2007, the OGT is a high school graduation requirement for public schools and chartered private schools. The OGT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Scale: % at or above proficient

Grade 10

  • Reading

84% (2007) 85% (2006) 94% (2005) 51% (2004)

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2007.

  • Social Studies

68% (2007)

The state average for Social Studies was 76% in 2007.

  • Science

67% (2007) 65% (2006)

The state average for Science was 72% in 2007.

  • Writing

82% (2007) 83% (2006) 81% (2005)

The state average for Writing was 89% in 2007.

  • Math

77% (2007) 76% (2006) 82% (2005) 45% (2004)

The state average for Math was 81% in 2007.[10]

School Statistics[edit]

Economics and Other[edit]

  • Economically Disadvantaged Students:

In School - 21% [State average - 35%]

  • Disabled Students:

In School - 13% [State average - 14%]

  • Gifted Students:

In School - 11% [State average - 16%]

  • LEP (Limited English Proficient) Students:

In School - 0% [State average - 2%]

Demographics and Attendance[edit]

  • Ethnicity in this school:

White, non Hispanic - 98% [State average - 76%]

Other - 2% [State average n/a]

  • Attendance:

In School: 95% [State Average - 94%]

Teachers and Funds[edit]

  • The student teacher ratio is 19:1, with 100% of the teachers being fully certified. 100% of the teachers have at least a bachelor's degree, and 44% of the teachers have a master's degree or higher. The average amount of years teaching per teacher is 16 as of 2007.[11]
  • Total spending per pupil in the district is roughly $7,600, with the state average at $8,847.

Notable people[edit]

  • Frank L. Hayes, coach[14]
  • Jack Squires (aka "Gentleman" Jack Squires"), teacher. Manager of tag team wrestlers, "The Love Brothers", who held the World Tag Team titles from 1981 - 1984.


  1. ^ a b c d e f OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Archived from the original on 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  2. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 16, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-06-20. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 
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  5. ^ Ohio Historical Society, Archived 2008-09-05 at the Wayback Machine., Columbus OH.
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  12. ^ "Former Major League Baseball player, Greenfield native Don Grate dies at 91". The Highland County Press. November 24, 2014. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  13. ^ Patton, Bob (July 9, 2010). "professional baseball and basketball player". The Highland County Press. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Obit for Coach "Duke" Hayes" (PDF). The Greenfield Times. Greenfield Historical Society. July 6, 1967. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 

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