Sycamore High School (Cincinnati, Ohio)

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Coordinates: 39°16′1″N 84°21′7″W / 39.26694°N 84.35194°W / 39.26694; -84.35194

Sycamore High School
7400 Cornell Road
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati, (Hamilton County), Ohio 45242
United States
Type Public, Coeducational high school
Opened 1974
School district Sycamore Community School District
Superintendent Frank Forsthoefel
CEEB code 360525
Principal Doug Mader[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,894
Campus type Suburban
Color(s)      Forest Green      Gold
Fight song Across the Field
Athletics conference Greater Miami Conference[2]
Mascot The Aviator
Nickname Aves
Team name Aviator[2]
Newspaper The Leaf
Yearbook The Log

Sycamore High School (SHS) is a four-year public high school in the northeast suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio. It is the only high school in the Sycamore Community School District. The Principal is Mr Doug Mader.


The schools occupies a 24.6-hectare (61-acre) suburban campus. The present building was designed to accommodate 2000 students in 1974. It was built in a modern style, employing the progressive and experimental open classroom concept wherein no permanent walls separated the classrooms. It has since been expanded and internal walls have been added as the school has grown.[3]


All students follow compulsory courses in English, maths, sciences, social studies, fine arts, and health and physical education. Elective subjects include business technology, computer science, family and consumer sciences, music and technology.[4] Sycamore offers 42 accelerated and Advanced Placement courses. The school has a 99.1% graduation rate, and 90% of students go on to attend college. The class of 2009 had a composite SAT score of 1132, and the class of 2012 had a composite ACT score of 30, both being higher than the state and national averages. Sycamore also regularly has among the highest number of National Merit Scholars in Ohio. In 2009, thirty-one students received the award.[5]

In 1999, Sycamore had a record 35 National Merit Scholars. That year, three students also scored perfect scores on the major college entrance examinations.[6]

Sycamore has been highly placed in the National Science Bowl,[7] and the Ohio Math League competition,[8] and won the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics competition in 2000,[9] 2001,[10] and 2007.[11] Sycamore has been historically successful in science fairs; students compete at the University of Cincinnati Regional Science Fair and many go on to compete at the state science fair at the Ohio State University. In 2013, Sycamore won the "Harold C. Shaw Outstanding School Award" at the state science day. Only four schools in Ohio merited this honor.[12]

Clubs and activities[edit]

Sycamore offers over 50 clubs and other extra-curricular activities for students. Sycamore's Latin Club functions as a local chapter of both the Ohio Junior Classical League (OJCL) and National Junior Classical League (NJCL). Sycamore's DECA program is nationally recognized and has had several state and national competitors.[13][14]

Student Publications[edit]

The Leaf is the official high school news magazine of Sycamore High School. After 60 years as a black-and-white newspaper, the 2013-2014 editorial staff transformed the student-run newspaper into a magazine, with selective pages in color, and made The Leaf's online platform interactive. The magazine is no longer in print as of February 2017, due to lack of funding. However, the online platform remains active. There is also a broadcast platform.

The Log yearbook is distributed to all students in Sycamore High School.

Ink is an annual literary magazine published by members of the Creative Writing Club.[15]

The Arts[edit]

The Sycamore Music Program has been nationally recognized as an Outstanding Music Education Program by NAMM.[16] The Sycamore High School Marching Band has achieved an OMEA Superior Rating and competes in three circuits: OMEA, Mid-States and Bands of America. In 2016, they attended MSBA Class 4A Championships, achieving 2nd place overall. In 2017, they are set to attend BOA Grand Nationals in Indianapolis, Indiana at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Sycamore High School Orchestra is an all-string orchestra and has scored highly in state competitions. The school stages regular production in its auditorium, The Aves Theatre.


Sycamore High School competes in the Greater Miami Conference (GMC), under the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA). The school participates in 22 GMC sports as well chess and academic quiz team. It also competes in 5 sports not offered by the GMC (Boys' & Girls' Water Polo, Boys' & Girls' Lacrosse, and Boys' Hockey). Collectively, Sycamore has won 143 total Team GMC Championships, which is the second most of any school in the conference.[17] The school has developed a strong rivalry with William Mason High School from Mason, Ohio, prompting the spread of the slogan, "Go Aves, Beat Mason".

State Championships[edit]

Sycamore High School has won 17 Team State Championships

  • Boys' Tennis- 2014, 2015, 2016[18]
  • Girls' Lacrosse- 2007, 2009, 2014[19][20][21]
  • Boys' Lacrosse- 2004[22]
  • Girls' Water Polo- 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993[23]
  • Boys' Water Polo- 1976, 1978, 1985[24]
  • Girls' Swimming and Diving- 1992[25]
  • Baseball- 1948[26]

The school has won 46 individual State Championships in events such as wrestling, track, diving, swimming, golf, tennis, and gymnastics.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Administration". Sycamore High School. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "School information: Sycamore". Ohio High School Athletic Association. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "Schools restructure classrooms". 2002-11-04. Retrieved 2016-02-11. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ (PDF) Archived from the original (PDF) on June 5, 2012. Retrieved February 19, 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Three Sycamore seniors ace college-entrance exams". 1999-01-08. Retrieved 2016-02-11. 
  7. ^ "Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, National Science Bowl® Champion". United States Department of Energy. May 6, 2002. Archived from the original on September 26, 2006. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  8. ^ "April 2005 High School Score Report Summary". Ohio Mathematics League. Archived from the original on 2012-03-18. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  9. ^ "2000 OCTM Tournament Results" (PDF). Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Retrieved May 16, 2012. [permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "2001 OCTM Tournament Results" (PDF). Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Retrieved May 16, 2012. [permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "2007 OCTM Tournament Results" (PDF). Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-21. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Winning is a science". Gannett. 
  13. ^ "2009 Convention – Club Point Summary" (PDF). Ohio Junior Classical League. 2009. Retrieved August 10, 2009. [permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Constitution of the Ohio Junior Classical League" (PDF). Ohio Junior Classical League. March 2008. Retrieved September 18, 2009. paying both OJCL annual chapter dues and any annual chapter membership dues required by NJCL. [permanent dead link]
  15. ^ Goldman, Ellie (8 December 2011). "Calling all writers- literary magazine accepting submissions". The Leaf. Archived from the original on 2013-10-05. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  16. ^
  17. ^ "GMC Championships". Retrieved 2017-09-21. 
  18. ^ "OTCA OHIO STATE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP : BOYS". The Ohio Tennis Coaches Association. OTCA. Retrieved 15 May 2018. 
  19. ^ "2007 Girls' HS State Champions". High School Lacrosse State Champions. LaxPower. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  20. ^ "2009 Girls' HS State Champions". High School Lacrosse State Champions. LaxPower. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  21. ^ "2014 Girls' HS State Champions". High School Lacrosse State Champions. LaxPower. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  22. ^ "2004 Boys' HS State Champions". Retrieved 2016-02-11. 
  23. ^ OHSSCA. "Ohio High School Swim Coaches' Association-Girls Water Polo State Champions". Archived from the original on June 23, 2006. Retrieved March 8, 2007. 
  24. ^ OHSSCA. "Ohio High School Swim Coaches' Association-Boys Water Polo State Champions". Archived from the original on June 23, 2006. Retrieved March 8, 2007. 
  25. ^ Hudak, Timothy. "Looking Back at the OHSAA's Swimming and Diving Championships". Ohio High School Athletic Association. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  26. ^ "All-Time Championships By School" (PDF). All-Time State Tournament Participants. Ohio High School Athletic Association. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  27. ^ Zipperstein, Leah (December 23, 2009). "Olympic medalist dives into coaching" (fee required). The Cincinnati Enquirer. Gannett Company. Retrieved December 26, 2009. [Dan] Ketchum, a Sycamore High graduate who swam for Michigan and competed in the 2004 Olympics, is in his first season as coach at Loveland High. 
  28. ^ Iole, Kevin (2013-10-23). "Daniel Straus trying to cope with stereotypes and succeed in MMA career after arrest - Yahoo Sports". Retrieved 2016-02-11. 

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