Mentor High School

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Mentor High School
Mentor Cardinals Logo (as of 2015).jpg
The Mentor Cardinal
6477 Center Street
Mentor, Ohio
Mentor, Ohio, (Lake County) 44060
United States
Coordinates 41°41′40″N 81°20′14″W / 41.69444°N 81.33722°W / 41.69444; -81.33722Coordinates: 41°41′40″N 81°20′14″W / 41.69444°N 81.33722°W / 41.69444; -81.33722
Type Public, Coeducational high school
Established 1923
Status Open
School district Mentor Exempted Village School District
Superintendent William Porter[1]
Principal Andy Fetchik[2]
Faculty 140 certified staff members
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,600[3]
Color(s) Scarlet and Gray[4]          
Fight song Across the Field
Athletics Boys Baseball
Boys Basketball
Girls Basketball
Boys Cross Country
Girls Cross Country
Girls Fastpitch
Boys Golf
Girls Golf
Ice hockey
Boys Lacrosse
Girls Lacrosse
Boys Soccer
Girls Soccer
Swimming/Diving Team
Boys Tennis
Girls Tennis
Boys Track & Field
Girls Track & Field
Athletics conference Greater Cleveland Conference
Mascot The Fighting Cardinal
Nickname The Mentor Cards
Team name The Fighting Cardinals[4]
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[5]
Athletic Director Jeffrey Cassella[4]

Mentor High School is a public high school located in Mentor, Ohio. It is the only high school in the Mentor Exempted Village School District (informally, "Mentor Schools"). At one time, it was the largest high school in Ohio based on single building enrollment. For the 2008–2009 school year, it shifted from a three-year school (grades 10–12) to a four-year high school (grades 9–12), serving 3,200 students. Mentor High School educates students from Mentor, Mentor-on-the-Lake, and parts of Kirtland Hills and Concord Township in Lake County, Ohio.[6] All three middle schools from the Mentor Exempted Village School district, including Memorial Middle School, Shore Middle School, and Ridge Middle School, feed into Mentor High School.


Ohio Department of Education Ratings[edit]

Mentor High School received ratings of excellent from the Ohio Department of Education from the 2003-2004 school year through the 2011-2012 school year. Since the 2011-2012 school year, the Ohio Department of Education has been constructing a new state wide evaluation model and has not released overall building ratings. [7]

National Merit Scholars[edit]

Mentor High School continues to see an increase in student achievement of National Merit recognition.

  • 2015-2016 School Year; 4 Finalists, 1 Semifinalist, 11 Commended Students
  • 2014-2015 School Year; 2 Finalists, 3 Commended Students
  • 2013-2014 School Year; 2 Finalists, 1 Commended Student


Independent Rankings[edit]

Mentor High School has received the following independent rankings.

  • 2016 US News High School Rankings: Bronze Medal #163 in Ohio [10]
  • 2016 Niche High School Rankings: #40 in Ohio [11]

Advanced Placement Offerings[edit]

Mentor High School offers an extensive selection of 23 Advanced Placement courses including the following.[12]

  • AP Art
  • AP Art History
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP English Lit & Comp
  • AP English Language & Comp
  • AP Seminar
  • AP Research
  • AP Psychology
  • AP European History
  • AP U.S. History
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP American Government
  • AP Economics (Micro & Macro)
  • AP Spanish
  • AP German
  • AP French
  • AP Stats
  • AP Calculus AB & BC
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Computer Science Principles

College Credit Plus Offerings[edit]

Mentor High School offers a College Credit Plus program where students may earn college credit through taking courses at nearby Lakeland Community College. Two pathways are offered including a 15 credit option and 30 credit option. For the 30 credit pathway, students may choose an area of specialization including the following.[13]

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
  • Humanities
  • Business

Career Tech Education Offerings[edit]

Mentor High School offers the following Career Tech Education programs in district and through community partnerships with Lakeland Community College, Euclid High School, and Auburn Career Center. These include the following programs.[14]

  • Business Administration and Management (Mentor)
  • Early Childhood Education (Mentor)
  • Interactive Media (Mentor)
  • Marketing and Entrepreneurship (Mentor)
  • CAD/Engineering Technology (Lakeland)
  • Computer Information Systems (Lakeland)
  • CNC Manufacturing Technology (Lakeland)
  • Construction Management (Lakeland)
  • Information Technology Systems (Lakeland)
  • Allied Health (Auburn)
  • Auto Collision Repair (Auburn)
  • Cosmetology (Auburn)
  • Electrical Engineering Prep (Auburn)
  • HVAC (Auburn)
  • Landscape Horticulture (Auburn)(Auburn)
  • Patient Care Tech (Auburn)
  • Sports Medicine (Auburn)
  • Welding (Auburn)
  • Auto Service Technology (Euclid)
  • Cisco Networking Technology (Euclid)
  • Mobile Apps and Digital Design (Euclid)
  • Criminal Justice (Euclid)
  • Culinary Arts (Euclid)
  • Visual Communications (Euclid)

Extracurricular Activities[edit]


There are four concert bands at the high school. These include Freshman Band, Grey Band, Scarlet Band, and Wind Ensemble, at increasing levels of skill. All four bands compete in OMEA contests.

Fighting Cardinal Marching Band[edit]

President Barack Obama signs a memorial wall designed by former art student Anthony Gajary at Mentor High after a campaign event, 2012. The wall was also signed by John McCain in 2008

The Mentor High School Fighting Cardinal Marching Band, commonly called the FCMB, is a strong music program with a history of excellence. The band plays at most home and away football games as well as competing at several competitions. The FCMB received its first "Superior Rating", the highest rating possible for competitions at the state contest, in 2004 under the direction of Mr. Shawn Vondran and Mr. Byron Hunsicker. During the 2012-2013 school year, the band earned another Superior rating at state contest with their show "I Believe." They also performed live for Fox 8 News in front of The Rock and Roll hall of Fame, and performed at a campaign rally when President Obama came to Mentor High School during the 2012 Presidential Election. The band qualified for the state contest again in the fall of 2014, where they received their third Superior rating with their show entitled "The Divine Comedy."


Mentor has four orchestras in its program, including Concert, Sinfonia, Symphony, and Mannheim. Concert Orchestra is composed of stringed instruments and requires no audition to join. Sinfonia is a string-only ensemble for younger students who are committed to practicing but not yet prepared for Symphony Orchestra. Symphony Orchestra is the largest group and consists of both string and wind instruments. Mannheim Chamber Orchestra is the smallest group and consists entirely of stringed instruments.


There are four curricular concert choirs that perform at concerts, festivals, and OMEA adjudicated events throughout the year. In addition, there are two vocal chamber ensembles and an auditioned show choir.

Science Olympiad[edit]

Mentor Science Olympiad has demonstrated a recent history of success. Top team finishes at the Ohio State Tournament include a first place performance in 2017, second place in 2015, second place in 2009, and second place in 2007.[15] Top team finishes at the National Tournament include a fifteenth place finish in 2015, seventh place finish in 2009, and fifth place finish in 2007.[16]


Mentor High School is classified as a Division I High School in the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA). Formerly of the Lake Erie League (LEL) and the Northeast Ohio Conference (NOC), Mentor now competes in the Greater Cleveland Conference (GCC)[17]

The Mentor Cardinals have won several team and individual state championship titles sponsored by the OHSAA.[18]

Athletic Highlights[edit]

  • Mentor (25-5) defeated Toledo Rogers (21-8), 76-67, to win the boys basketball Division I state championship in front of 9,566 in Value City Arena on the campus of Ohio State University located in Columbus, OH. In the semi-final game, Mentor defeated previously undefeated Columbus Northland (29-1), 80-69. Jeff Foreman was named OHSSA Division 1 State Championship Most Outstanding Player. Jeff Foreman, Conner Krizancic and Caleb Potter were selected to the State All-Tournament Team.
  • Coach Lee Tressel led the Mentor Cardinals football team to 34 consecutive victories in the 1950s.[19]

Clubs and Organizations[edit]

  • Actively Caring
  • Anime/Video Gamers Club
  • AP Mentors
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Book Club
  • CARDS Anti-Bullying
  • Community Service
  • Cooking Club
  • Cross Country Ski Club
  • Creative Writing Club
  • Dance Team
  • DECA (Association of Business and Marketing Students)
  • Ecology Club
  • Fishing Club
  • Future Leaders Club
  • Green Mentor Club
  • HOSA (Future Health Professionals)
  • Improv Club
  • The Inkwell (on-line school newspaper)
  • Intramurals
  • KPop Club (Korean Pop Culture Club)
  • Math League
  • Mock Trial
  • Model U.N.
  • National Honor Society
  • PRIDE (Gay/Straight Alliance)
  • RPG Club (Role Playing/Pen and Paper Games)
  • Red Lightening Club (Photography Club)
  • Refuge (Christian Student Group)
  • Robotics Team
  • Sailing Club
  • Snowboarding/Ski Club
  • Speech and Debate Club
  • Student Government
  • Theatre
  • Web Team
  • World Travelers
  • Yearbook


Notable Alumni[edit]

Student Suicides[edit]

Five students committed suicide in an approximately four-year period ending in 2008, allegedly as a result of harassment or bullying from fellow students.[21] The suicides prompted two of the families to file lawsuits against the school,[22] one of which was settled out of court in 2014 and the other was dismissed in 2015.[23][24] The 2014 documentary Mentor depicts this.[25]

Notes and references[edit]

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  4. ^ a b c OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Retrieved 2010-04-02. 
  5. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on March 15, 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-02. 
  6. ^ "About Our District." Mentor Public Schools. Retrieved on June 1, 2017.
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  18. ^ OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved 2006-12-31. 
  19. ^ "Coach Tressel Family Tree". 
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  21. ^ Krouse, Peter (2010-09-20). "5 student suicides put focus on bullying issue in Mentor". Plain Dealer. Retrieved 4 June 2017. 
  22. ^ Barr, Meghan (October 8, 2010). "1 Ohio school, 4 bullied teens dead at own hand". Mentor, Ohio: AP via NBC News. Retrieved July 29, 2013. 
  23. ^ Wolff, Carlo (2014-04-03). "School bully suit decision satisfies parents, attorney". Cleveland Jewish News. Retrieved 4 June 2017. 
  24. ^ Read, Tracey (2015-03-03). "Appellate court upholds judge's ruling on Mentor High suicide case". News Herald. Retrieved 4 June 2017. 
  25. ^ "Mentor (2014) - IMDb." The Internet Movie Database (IMDb). N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Jan. 2015. <>.

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