Stivers School for the Arts

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Stivers School for the Arts
1313 E. Fifth St.
Dayton, Ohio 45402
Coordinates 39°45′33″N 84°10′31″W / 39.759167°N 84.175278°W / 39.759167; -84.175278Coordinates: 39°45′33″N 84°10′31″W / 39.759167°N 84.175278°W / 39.759167; -84.175278
School type Public Magnet Secondary School
Motto Giving Our Best Performance
Founded 1908
School board Dayton City Schools District
Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli
Principal Erin Dooley
Grades 7-12
Enrollment 883 (2014-15)[1]
Language English
Area Urban
Color(s) Orange and Black         
Athletics conference Dayton City League
Mascot Tiger
Team name Stivers Tigers
Newspaper The Tiger Times

Stivers School for the Arts is a magnet school in the Dayton City Schools in Dayton, Ohio, USA, in the St. Anne's Hill Historic District neighborhood. It is a public middle and high school that focuses on education in the visual and performing arts. U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks Stivers among America's best high schools.[2]


Stivers Manual Training High School was built in 1908 at 1313 East 5th Street in Dayton. It was designed by renowned Dayton architect Charles Insco Williams. The original building is Dayton Publics oldest operating school.

It was Stivers High School until 1974 when it merged with Patterson Co-op High School and then in the mid-1980s it became a middle school. The last class to graduate as Stivers High School was 1976. It became both a middle and high school in the mid-1990s, graduating its first (new) high school class in 2000.


Stivers was renovated and the students went temporarily to the Homewood Campus. The current Stivers reopened on October 29, 2008. The class of 2008 was the first class to graduate from the renovated building. Students enter Stivers at the 7th grade level by audition and may stay until they graduate in 12th grade. The school currently has around 920 students in grades 7-12.


Stivers offers programs in piano, band, orchestra, dance, theatre, creative writing, choir, and visual arts as well as a full range of quality academics. Special features of the Arts programs include weekly, individualized instruction, special seminars, master classes and extensive opportunities for performance and creative expression. Students are provided instruction through one-on-one contact with many of the community's leading professional and performing artists.

Art themes are integrated into the general curriculum. Stivers has a rigorous academic program that consistently produces test scores that far exceed all other schools in the district. Stivers's state report card is similar to that of high-performing suburban schools in the Dayton region. The Dayton Daily News has called Stivers the "Crown Jewel" of the Dayton Public Schools System.

Milton Caniff is a famous Stivers alumnus. He was a cartoonist and at times in his cartoons referenced a high school called St. Ivers, a reference to his alma mater. Stivers honored Caniff’s legacy by renaming part of South Clinton Street (adjacent to Fifth St.) "Milton Caniff Drive".

Curriculum and activities[edit]

Courses in arts magnet areas include:

seedling Foundation[edit]

The seedling Foundation is a non-profit organization established to benefit Stivers School for the Arts. The foundation's purpose is to support the Arts Programs at Stivers by providing funds for guest artists, scholarship programs, and other educational pursuits. The organization consists of parents, alumni, and community leaders. Donations are accepted by the seedling Foundation for the current capital campaign.


  • Honored by U.S. News and World Report as being among America's best public high schools, earning Silver Medal in 2015.[3][4]
  • Selected to be an Ohio Venture Capital school and receive a grant of $25,000 per year for five years, to be used for staff development.
  • Named a Finalist for National Blue-Ribbon School of Excellence in 1992.
  • Awarded a State Superintendent School of Promise Award (2007)
  • The Jazz Band won the national championships at Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival in 2004, 2008, and 2011.[5]
  • Stivers has remained in the 'Effective' or 'Excellent' category every year since the Ohio Department of Education has assigned designations to schools. As of the 2010-2011 school year, Stivers School for the Arts received an "Effective" rating from the Ohio Department of Education.

Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Stivers School For The Arts". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 18, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Stivers in top 7% nationally!". Stivers School for the Arts. 
  3. ^ Larsen, Dave (December 7, 2008). "Dayton's Stivers joins Oakwood, Centerville on list of top schools". Dayton Daily News. Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Stivers among best U.S. high schools". Dayton Business Journal. December 10, 2009. 
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  6. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Basketball AAA". Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  7. ^ OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved 2006-12-31. 

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