New Philadelphia High School

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New Philadelphia High School
343 Ray Avenue
New Philadelphia, Ohio, (Tuscarawas County) 44663
United States
School district New Philadelphia City Schools[1]
Principal Eric Jurkovic
Grades 912
Enrollment 869 (2015)
Color(s) Red and black         
Athletics conference East Central Ohio League
Mascot The Fighting Quakers
Yearbook Delphian

New Philadelphia High School is a public high school in New Philadelphia, Ohio. It was founded in 1913 as Central High School. Its mascot is the Fighting Quakers. New Philadelphia High School is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and the Ohio Department of Education. 91.8% of New Philadelphia High's 865 students are Caucasian/White. The school's Hispanic population is 3.8% and is projected to increase as younger students age into the high school.


The Quakers' graduation rate is 90.6% for four years.[2] 71% of the teachers at New Philadelphia high school have a master's degree.[3] There are 12 advanced placement (AP) classes at the high school.


Town rivalry[edit]

New Philadelphia and the neighboring town of Dover have maintained a competitive rivalry, but in 1968, the two schools considered merging. This idea was introduced as a way for the school district to save money but the rivalry was already so deep rooted that when the cities voted on it, it was immediately shut down.[4] In the past, this match-up was named the "Best Small Town Rivalry" by USA Today.[5]

Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships[edit]

  • Boys basketball – 1940 [6][7]
  • Varsity football team is rated nationally at 2419th.
  • Varsity is ranked 155th in the state of Ohio.


New Philadelphia Quakers and the neighboring Dover Tornadoes have played one another at the end of each regular football season since 1896, making it the third oldest high school football rivalry in the state of Ohio. Only the Massillon Washington Tigers-Canton McKinley Bulldogs (1894) and the Sandusky Blue Streaks-Fremont Ross Little Giants (1895) rivalries are older. In the towns of New Philadelphia and Dover the rivalry gets so heated that the week before the game, students are not allowed to eat at restaurants on the opposing teams side of town during their lunch breaks.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

In addition to sports, New Philadelphia High School students may participate in eleven elective clubs (Academic Challenge Team, Drama Club, Science Club, Spanish Club, German Club, French Club, Art Club, Mock Trial, Key Club, Health Club, and Cyber Club),Student Council, Cheerleading and The QT's (New Philadelphia's Competitive Dance Team). In addition to clubs, Student Council, and athletic groups, New Philadelphia offers five choir groups which are Bel Canto, Concert Choir, Select Men's Chorus, Ladies Ensemble, and the Delphian Chorale (all under the direction of Mrs. Kristi Prucha). New Philadelphia also has a band program which branches off into eight different programs which are: Competitive Marching Band, Symphonic band (all band students), Concert Band (Freshmen and Sophomores and under the direction of Mr. Jeff Phillips), Wind Ensemble (Juniors and Seniors and under the direction of Mr. Jeff Furbay), Steel Drum Band, Indoor Drum Line (consists of percussionists and non-percussionists and under the direction of Mr. Ryan Reed), Kaleidoscope (Indoor colorguardd and under direction of Kaitlyn Bailey and Taylor Harmon), and Jazz band (Under direction of Mrs. Lindsey Moreland). The Marching Band competes at Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Local and Regional competitions and Bands of America (BOA) Grand National Championships.[8]

Notable incidents[edit]

  • A tornado in 1964 destroyed the press box, fence, and the refreshment stand at the stadium. It cost about $10,165 to repair the damage that was caused.[9]
  • In 1968 two teachers, Mrs. Goforth and Mr. Campbell, were fired. The next day the boys vocational department organized a walk out of all junior and senior high school students to support them. Despite the show of support, the Board of Education did not reconsider the terminations.[10]
  • On March 4, 1990, an arson fire caused estimated damages of 6 million dollars to New Philadelphia High School. The fire was started in the second floor library, but also caused significant damage to the third floor room above the library and other adjacent second floor rooms. Investigators found multiple gasoline ignited piles of books in the library that served as origin points. Firefighters said that the fire was estimated to be burning about two hours in the enclosed library before being discovered around 6:49 A.M by a custodian. The Police Captain confirmed that there was a break-in at the school. The arson remains an unsolved case. The temperature was estimated to be 2,000 degrees that caused most of the damage and the doors were closed that kept the heat in and caused the third floor to sag into the library. In the wake of the fire, high school classes were cancelled for at least a week, until the school decided where the rest of the year was going to be held. The High school students attended Tuscarawas Campus of Kent university and Buckeye Vocational School. The junior high school students attended local churches.

Notable faculty and staff[edit]

  • Woody Hayes came to New Philadelphia in 1936 and started out as an assistant coach to head coach Brickles. He then became a head coach at New Philadelphia in 1938 and led the Quakers to a 9–1 season. For the six-year period that Woody Hayes coached the Quakers won 54, lost 5 and tied 1. The Quakers would outscore their opponents 341–52 during the time Woody was coach. Hayes only remained head coach for three years and then enlisted in the navy in July 1941.[11]


The Quaker Foundation is the alumni organization for New Philadelphia High School. It was established in 1993.[12]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "2013-2014 Report Card for New Philadelphia City School District". Ohio School Report Cards. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "2013-2014 Report Card for New Philadelphia High School". Ohio School Report Cards. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Grossenbacher, Jeanne (1987). A History of Public Education In Our Town of New Philadelphia, Ohio. Strasburg, Ohio: Gordon Printing. p. 116. 
  5. ^ "USA Today". 2014-11-19. Retrieved 2014-11-19. 
  6. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Basketball AAA". Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  7. ^ OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved 2006-12-31. 
  8. ^ A list of extracurricular activities from the School Councilor.
  9. ^ Grossenbacher, Jeanne (1987). A History of Public Education In Our Town of New Philadelphia, Ohio. Strasburg, Ohio: Gordon Printing. pp. 126 and 127. 
  10. ^ grossenbacher, jeanne (1987). A History of Public Education In Our Town of New Philadelphia, Ohio. Strasburg, Ohio: Gordon printing. p. 115. 
  11. ^ Bynum, Mike (1991). Woody Hayes The Man & His Dynasty. Gridiron Football Properties Corp. p. 5. ISBN 1-878839-02-0. 
  12. ^ "Historical Timeline". The Quaker Foundation. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 

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