Olentangy High School

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Olentangy High School
675 Lewis Center Road


United States
Coordinates40°12′18″N 83°1′15″W / 40.20500°N 83.02083°W / 40.20500; -83.02083Coordinates: 40°12′18″N 83°1′15″W / 40.20500°N 83.02083°W / 40.20500; -83.02083
TypePublic, Coeducational
School districtOlentangy Local School District
SuperintendentMark Raiff
PrincipalRobert Griffiths
Enrollment1,835 (2016-17)[1]
Student to teacher ratio15:1
Color(s)Blue and Gold[2]         
Athletics conferenceOhio Capital Conference[2]
PublicationThe Beacon
YearbookGolden Arrow

Olentangy High School is a public comprehensive secondary school located in Lewis Center, Ohio operated by the Olentangy Local School District.

In 2007, the school was ranked as the 97th best high school in the U.S. by Newsweek.[3] Then, in 2012 the school was ranked tenth in the state by U.S. News [4] For the school year of 2011-2012 the high school received an "Excellent" on the preliminary state report card.[5]


Olentangy High School opened in 1953 on Shanahan Road for students in grades 9-12. Since 1990 the district has experienced significant enrollment growth. The school district has opened fifteen elementary schools, three additional high schools, Olentangy Liberty High School, Olentangy Orange High School and Olentangy Berlin High School, and a fifth middle school, Berkshire Middle School which opened in August 2011.[6]

The school offers a wide array of standard courses in secondary education, including a number of classes in music, visual arts and theater. Advanced placement courses in language, science, mathematics, art, music, and social studies are also available. The average daily student enrollment is 1,257 according to the school's state report card in the year of 2011-2012.[5]

The school principal is Robert Griffiths. The nickname for the school's athletic teams is the Braves and the girls teams are the Lady Braves.[7]


In the early 1900s one room school houses scattered among the landscape made up the local education system in Delaware County. Beginning in 1911, those schools consolidated into four K-12 facilities throughout the county. The Powell school was the first to open in 1911 followed by Hyatts in 1914, Berlin in 1915 and Orange in 1916. These were the only schools in the area until 1952 when construction began on one consolidated school located on Shanahan Road. The new school, Olentangy High School, allowed students in grades 1-8 to remain at their original school then come together for grades 9-12.

In 1961 Liberty Union Elementary School was built as a junior high school for kindergarten, seventh and eighth grade students. The new school was built as a neighbor to the Olentangy High School on Shanahan Road and was open to students in 1963.

In 1969 some major changes began when the Orange school closed and the Shanahan Road complex housed students in grades K-12 for the first time. In 1973, Berlin, Hyatts and Powell schools also closed bringing all of the students in the area to one general location on Shanahan Road. The connection between the Liberty Union Elementary School and Olentangy High School was completed allowing room for all students in one general campus. The district continued operating this way until 1990 when the current Olentangy High School was opened on Lewis Center Road. On March 4, 2008, the Olentangy school district passed its levy and bond that was proposed by Superintendent Dr. Scott Davis .[8]


The school screens for drug use in all sports, with 10% of student-athletes chosen randomly at the start of each season for drug testing.[9] A member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association, Olentangy won a division AA state championship in girls' cross country in 1982.[10] The boys lacrosse team were the 1998 Division 3 State Champions. In 2005, the girls lacrosse team brought home a Division 2 State Championship title for the Braves. The official colors of the school's athletic teams are royal blue and athletic gold.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Olentangy High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  2. ^ a b OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Archived from the original on November 5, 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-17.
  3. ^ Olentangy Local High School District Communications Department (2006-05-08). "Olentangy's High School Rank Among Newsweek's Best". Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved 2007-07-02.
  4. ^ https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/ohio/districts/olentangy-local/ olentangy-high-school-15493
  5. ^ a b 2011-2012 State Report Card. (2012). Retrieved December 16, 2012, from http://www.olentangy.k12.oh.us/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/ OHS-Report-Card-prelim.pdf
  6. ^ "Olentangy Orange High School". Olentangy Local School District. 2007-09-18. Archived from the original on September 21, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-02.
  7. ^ "Olentangy High School". Olentangy Local School District. 2007-09-18. Archived from the original on August 8, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-02.
  8. ^ "The History of Olentangy Local Schools". Olentangy Local School District. 2007-07-12. Archived from the original on October 23, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-02.
  9. ^ "Athletic Department". Olentangy Local School. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
  10. ^ State Tournament Program, OHSAA fall cross-country tournament

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