Ravenna High School (Ohio)

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Ravenna High School
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Ravenna High School is located in Ohio
Ravenna High School
Ravenna High School
6589 North Chestnut Street
Ravenna, Ohio 44266
United States
Coordinates 41°10′14″N 81°14′48″W / 41.17056°N 81.24667°W / 41.17056; -81.24667
School type Public, secondary school
Founded 1858
School district Ravenna School District
Principal Beth Coleman
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 874[1] (2009)
Language English
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Blue, White, Red
Athletics conference Portage Trail Conference
Metro Division
Team name Ravens
Rival Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders
Accreditation Ohio Department of Education
Newspaper Ravenna High Times
Yearbook Tatler
Communities served Ravenna and Ravenna Township
Distinctions Ohio Dept. of Education Effective rating- 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009[1]

Ravenna High School a public high school located in Ravenna, Ohio, United States. It is the only high school in the Ravenna School District and serves students primarily in Ravenna and Ravenna Township. The school's colors are blue, white, and red and its athletic teams are known as the Ravens.


The previous home of Ravenna High School from 1923–2010. It was demolished in 2013.

Ravenna High School was established in 1858, first meeting in a grocery store along West Main Street before moving to the new Union School building on Chestnut Street after it opened in December 1859. The first graduating class from the school was in 1862 and included two students.[2] The Union School building would serve as home to all grades in the Ravenna City Schools until enrollment growth necessitated the construction of a new high school building. The next building, which stood on what is now Highland Avenue, opened in 1883 with an addition built in 1910. The addition still stands as is known as Walnut School, though it is no longer used as a school. The next home of Ravenna High School, located at the intersection of Clinton Street and East Main Street, opened in August 1923 after an August 1921 groundbreaking. It initially contained 28 classrooms, an auditorium, and a gymnasium.[3] Additions were added to the building first in 1958–1959 with the Coll Annex on the north side and later in the late 1960s with Whittaker Hall on the south side of the building.[4] In 1960, Ravenna Township High School was merged with Ravenna High School. Prior to that time, Ravenna High School was often referred to as "Ravenna City High School" to distinguish it from the township school.[5]

The new building under construction in September 2009 with the Coll Gymnasium in center.

In 2006 voters approved a bond issue to fund construction of a new high school with assistance from the state of Ohio. The building was built adjacent to the district's existing athletic facilities on North Chestnut Street and was completed and dedicated in August 2010. The district carried two names from the old building to the new one as the school's main gym is named the "James L. Coll Gymnasium" while the field house gym is named the "James A. Whittaker Field House".

The previous school building at the corner of East Main and Clinton Streets was put up for sale in 2010. It was unsuccessfully auctioned off along with remaining contents inside in April 2011. Because the state funded a majority of the new high school project, the building it replaced had to be sold or demolished and could be used for a public school. On November 22, 2011, it was publicly announced following a board vote that the old high school would be demolished. Historic and nostalgic items from the school were removed with some being moved to the new high school. Asbestos removal and other interior preparation work took place during the middle part of 2012. Demolition of the old Ravenna High School began on October 16, 2012 and was completed in March 2013. A new center for higher education, named the Ravenna Learning Center, was planned for the site with a satellite campus of Stark State College as the anchor, but plans fell through in May 2015. The site remains vacant as of 2016.[4][6][7]

Campus and facilities[edit]

The Ravenna High school building contains 158,000 square feet (14,700 m2) of space and includes the main gym, auxiliary field house gym, auditorium, cafeteria, and around 45 classrooms. The main gym has retractable bleacher seating for 1,125 and the auditorium has seating for 600 with 300 additional retractable seats that can expand into space in the cafeteria. The field house gym includes a rubberized surface which has two full-size basketball courts and an elevated walking track. The building also has two courtyards that separate the three academic sections of the building which are used for natural lighting and can also be used for outdoor teaching space. The building was dedicated August 28, 2010.[8]

The campus is 69 acres (28 ha) and located in northern Ravenna along North Chestnut Street. The district first purchased the land in 1973 but nothing was built at the site until 1999 when athletic facilities were constructed, funded mainly by private donations and the sale of personal seat licenses.[8][9][10] Prior to that time, outdoor sports were held at the old Gilcrest Stadium and various locations throughout the area. The campus includes Portage Community Bank Stadium which has a seating capacity of 5,000 and features an eight-lane all-weather running track and artificial playing surface. The stadium, one of the first in Ohio to have FieldTurf, became one of the first in the country to have a non-traditional field color when blue turf was installed in 2013 instead of the traditional green.[11] A baseball field, softball field, eight tennis courts, and a cross country course are also on campus.[12]


State championships[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ravenna High School 2008-2009 School Year Report Card" (PDF). Ohio Department of Education School Building Reports. Ohio Department of Education. 2009. Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Sapp, Alva (1929). "History of Ravenna High School". The Transcript. Ravenna High School Class of 1929. p. 91. 
  3. ^ Di Paolo, Roger (19 February 2006). "A tale of three high schools". Record-Courier. 
  4. ^ a b McEwen, Colin (31 January 2010). "What's next for 'old' Ravenna High?". Record-Courier. 
  5. ^ Harris, Colin (4 August 2009). "Ravenna merger ushered new era in sports". Record-Courier. 
  6. ^ Smith, Diane (November 18, 2014). "Stark State to anchor Ravenna site". Record-Courier. Retrieved April 27, 2015.  Subscription required to access full article
  7. ^ Smith, Diane (May 31, 2015). "Development of old high school site in Ravenna stalled". Record-Courier. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Ravenna High School Dedication Program. Ravenna School District. 2010. 
  9. ^ "Data For Parcel 31-315-00-00-008-000". Portage County Auditor website. April 22, 2011. Retrieved April 24, 2011. 
  10. ^ Deeley, Heather (7 November 1998). "Alumni bid goodbye to Gilcrest Stadium". Record-Courier. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  11. ^ Noga, Joe (August 6, 2013). "Ravenna High's stadium set to 'go blue' with unique field color". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  12. ^ Smith, Jennifer L. (October 27, 1998). "Sports field price jumps in Ravenna". Record-Courier. Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  13. ^ OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved 2006-12-31. 
  14. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Wrestling". Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  15. ^ "Ravenna WWII hero Colonel Bill Bower, 'Doolittle Raider,' dies". Record-Courier. 2011-01-12. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  16. ^ "Supreme Court Justice William Rufus Day". Raven Hall of Fame. Reed Memorial Library. 1989. Archived from the original on June 18, 2008. Retrieved 24 March 2009. 
  17. ^ "Peggy King Rodofker". Raven Hall of Fame. Reed Memorial Library. 1994. Archived from the original on March 21, 2008. Retrieved 24 March 2009. 
  18. ^ "Don "Knotts" Nottingham". Raven Hall of Fame. Reed Memorial Library. 1997. Archived from the original on March 21, 2008. Retrieved 24 March 2009. 
  19. ^ "Jeffery H. West". Raven Hall of Fame. Reed Memorial Library. 1997. Archived from the original on March 21, 2008. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 

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