Pickerington High School Central
|Pickerington High School Central|
|300 Opportunity Way
Pickerington, Ohio, (Fairfield County), 43147
|Type||Public, Coeducational high school|
|School district||Pickerington Local School District|
|Asst. Principal||Eric Koch, Jim Campbell, Tony Tucker|
|Color(s)||Purple and White |
|Athletics conference||Ohio Capital Conference|
|Athletic Director||Scott Barrett|
|Rivals||Pickerington High School North, Reynoldsburg High School, Lancaster High School|
Pickerington High School Central is a public high school in Pickerington, Ohio. It is one of two high schools in the Pickerington Local School District. Their nickname is the Tigers. The school is call Central by most and is the oldest of the two high schools Prior to the opening of Pickerington High School North, it was known simply as "Pickerington High School". Pickerington High School Central was known as Violet Township High School from 1906 to 1939 and as Pickerington High School from 1940 to 2003 before being renamed as its current title as Pickerington High School Central. Before that time there were many schools in the Pickerington/Violet Township area, including the Pickerington School (c.1883), a two-story, two room school that was built to replace the original building, which now houses Heritage Elementary.
- 1 Pickerington Ridgeview Junior High School
- 2 Athletics
- 3 Football Rivalries
- 4 Pickerington High School Central Marching Tiger Band
- 5 External links
- 6 Notable alumni
- 7 Notes and references
Pickerington Ridgeview Junior High School
RJHS is located at 130 Hill Road South and houses 7th and 8th grade. Ridgeview Junior High, formerly Pickerington Junior High, and before that, Pickerington High School. The school was built in 1964 to replace the building that currently houses Heritage Elementary, the former Pickerington High School, which was built in Pickerington in 1907. Ridgeview is home to Tiger Stadium, which houses both the football field and track. The annual Pickerington Jr. High Track Invitational is held at RJHS.
Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships
- Boys Cross Country – 1997 
- Girls Basketball – 1985, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1998, 1999 
- Softball – 1997 
- Girls Swimming – 2010 
- Boys Basketball – 2012 
Ohio High School Athletic Association State Runners-Up
- Football – 2006, 2011 
- Cheerleading – 2001–2002 
- Girls Basketball – 1994, 2000 
- Softball – 1999 
- Baseball – 1972 
USA Today National Championships
The Battle of 256: Pickerington High School (Central) and Reynoldsburg High School have one of the longest continuing rivalries in Central Ohio. The schools have faced off in football every year since 1981. The Tigers have won 14 of the last 14 games. In 2005, sponsored by the local Wal-Mart, the Reynoldsburg/Pickerington game became known as the "Battle of 256", as Pickerington and Reynoldsburg are the largest cities to sit on Ohio State Route 256. A large metal football shaped trophy is awarded to the winning school each year. Reynoldsburg High School has not defeated Pickerington High School (Central) since 2001.
|21||2001||Reynoldsburg||30||Pickerington||14||PHS 12-9||Columbus (Crew Stadium)|
|22||2002||Pickerington||21||Reynoldsburg||7||PHS 13-9||Columbus (Crew Stadium)|
|23||2003||Central||45||Reynoldsburg||20||Central 14-9||Columbus (Crew Stadium)|
|24||2004||Central||29||Reynoldsburg||12||Central 15-9||Columbus (Crew Stadium)|
Pickerington High School/Lancaster High School: The annual game between Pickerington Central and Lancaster High School is sometimes referred to as the "Fight for Fairfield County" or the "Battle of 33". This game is between the two largest cities and schools in Fairfield County. Pickerington Central defeated Lancaster for the first time in a number of years during the 2007 season. During the 2007 season PHSC beat Lancaster twice, once during the regular season and once during the OHSAA Regional Quarter-Final game. Central beat Lancaster for the third time in a row during the 2008 season, 31–0.
PHSC vs. PHSN: Pickerington High School North opened for the 2003–04 school year. In 2008, Central and North faced off in football for the first time at Crew Stadium. Addidas sponsored a trophy to commemorate this new rivalry. Nearly 15,000 people attended the game. The Purple and Black trophy supports a Victory Bell. The inaugural bell was awarded to Pickerington High School Central for their 38–7 victory over Pickerington High School North. It is now currently at Central.
|1||2008||Central||38||North||7||Central 1–0||Columbus (Crew Stadium)|
|2||2009||Central||7||North||6||Central 2–0||Columbus (Crew Stadium)|
|3||2009||Central||14||North||12||Central 3–0||Pickerington (Tiger Stadium)|
|4||2010||Central||42||North||0||Central 4–0||Pickerington (Panther Stadium)|
|5||2011||Central||24||North||21||Central 5–0||Pickerington (Tiger Stadium)|
|6||2012||North||37||Central||0||Central 5–1||Pickerington (Tiger Stadium)|
|7||2012||North||24||Central||0||Central 5–2||Pickerington (Panther Stadium)|
|8||2013||North||49||Central||14||Central 5–3||Pickerington (Panther Stadium)|
|9||2014||Central||30||North||23||Central 6-3||Pickerington (Tiger Stadium)|
|10||2015||Central||37||North||7||Central 7-3||Pickerington (Panther Stadium)|
Pickerington High School Central Marching Tiger Band
The Pickerington High School Central Marching Tiger Band has been one of the most active and successful bands in the Midwest since 1986. The group consists of approximately 319 students (as of 2013).
The band has competed in the Ohio Music Education Association's State Marching Band Competition for 26 of the past 27 years, consistently reaching the finals, and earning the state's highest honor, a Superior rating, for 19 consecutive years (as of 2007).
The band has marched in over 15 nationally televised parades, including four appearances in the Rose Parade and four appearances in Macy's Parade. The band has performed for three presidents and performed at 16 NFL halftime shows.
- The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade – 1983, 1986, 2012
- The Dallas Cotton Bowl Parade – 1989
- The New York Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade – 1990, 1995, 2001, 2009
- The Tournament of Roses Parade – 1993, 1997, 2006, 2010
- The King Orange Jamboree Parade – 1994, 2000
- The Miss America Pageant Parade – 1994
- The Phoenix Fiesta Bowl Parade and National Band Championship – 1999, 2003, 2014
- The New York City National Veteran's Day Parade – 2003, 2007
- The Columbus Veteran's Day Parade – 2005, 2006, 2008
- The 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Vietnam Wall and Parade – 2007
The band was Grand Champion of the 1994 Miss America Parade, and led the 2001 Macy's Parade and the 25th Anniversary of the Vietnam Wall Parade. They placed third overall in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl Band Championship, and fifth in the 1999 Fiesta Bowl.
The band has had professional football game appearances with the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, and Philadelphia Eagles.
Other performances include rallies for Senator John McCain (2008), Barack Obama (2008) President George W. Bush at the Nationwide Arena, President Ronald Reagan, President George H. W. Bush, Vice-President James Danforth "Dan" Quayle, Senator Robert Dole, Governor George Voinovich and Mrs. Voinivich, Ohio Democratic Party Election reception, the Boy Scout National Council Meeting featuring Paul Harvey, OSU Skull session before the 2002 Washington State game, 2005 Northwestern game and the 2008 and 2012 Michigan Games, and the Columbus Dispatch OSU vs. Michigan Wigwam Pep Rally.
When the PHSC Tiger Band and PHSN Panther Band combined for the final time in 2006, for the 117th Tournament of Roses Parade, the band had over 380 members. Both bands continue to grow.
- Justin Boren, Class of 2006. Football Player. University of Michigan, Ohio State University, the Baltimore Ravens, Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos.
- Zach Boren, Class of 2009. Football player. Ohio State University.
- Brian Peters, Class of 2007. American player of gridiron football
- A.J. Trapasso, Class of 2004. Football player. Ohio State University, the Tennessee Titans, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos.
Notes and references
- OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Archived from the original on November 25, 2010. Retrieved February 17, 2010.
- OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved December 31, 2006.
- "USA Today Super 25 1999–2000". December 16, 2001. Retrieved May 22, 2010.