University High School (Morgantown, West Virginia)

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University High School
131 Bakers Ridge Road
Morgantown, WV, (Monongalia County) 26508
United States
Coordinates 39°41′15″N 79°55′42″W / 39.68750°N 79.92833°W / 39.68750; -79.92833Coordinates: 39°41′15″N 79°55′42″W / 39.68750°N 79.92833°W / 39.68750; -79.92833
Type Public
Established 1925
School district Monongalia County
Principal Kimberly Greene
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1,250 (approx)
Campus type Urban
Color(s) Crimson, old gold & black             
Athletics Football, boys/girls-Cross Country, boys/girls-Soccer, Golf, boys/girls-Basketball, Wrestling, boys/girls-Swimming, boys/girls-Tennis, boys/girl-Track, Baseball, Softball, boys/girls-Lacrosse, Cheerleading, and Dance, Volleyball
Mascot Hawk
Information (304) 291-9270

University High School is located in Morgantown, West Virginia and houses just over 1,250 students. Students largely come from the 2 feeder schools, Mountaineer Middle School (Formerly Cheat Lake Middle School), and Westwood Middle School.



The school was established by West Virginia University in September 1925 as University Demonstration High School. It was not uncommon in the south for colleges to found "demonstration schools", ostensibly as a place for students to learn educational techniques, but also because many professors were unwilling to send their children to public schools of that era.

It was originally located in the Old Tea Room on the corner of Willey and Spruce Streets. The school had 35 students and three teachers, and quickly attracted more. In 1928, strained with over two hundred students, the school was relocated to the third and fourth floors of a building on the corner of Stewart Street and University Avenue. In 1930, construction on University Demonstration High began. The school occupied the old library on the West Virginia University Campus until 1933, when the building was complete, at an estimated cost of $283,837, the school is located at the top of North Price Street.


When, in 1972, West Virginia University no longer had need of the demonstration school, it was turned over to the Monongalia County Public School System. Morgantown High School district was divided and University High School was established as a second regular public high school. The school underwent major renovations and refurbishment, including the addition of a gymnasium and annex.

In 2006, construction began on a new campus for University High. This new facility, part of a bond issue passed by the citizens of Monongalia County in 2003, is located north of Morgantown along Bakers Ridge Road. The $35 million project includes a two story classroom building, a greenhouse, a 2000-seat gymnasium, an 400-seat auxiliary gymnasium and an approximately 700 seat auditorium. In addition to the building, the campus also includes a new 4000 seat stadium for field sports, as well as multiple athletic and physical education fields. The building was designed by the award winning Charleston WV architectural firm of Williamson Shriver Architects.

While the football team played its 2008 home games at the new high school (Mylan Pharmaceuticals Stadium), students did not arrive at the new University High until December 2008. On Wednesday, November 19, 2008 the old school on Price Street welcomed students for the last time, and students started school at the new location on December 3, 2008. Just after a few days, the building experienced minor flooding as a result of a heating issue that activated the sprinkler system.

The building that once held University High School now houses Mountaineer Middle School, formerly Cheat Lake Middle School. [1]

Academic Program[edit]

University High School offers 15 Advanced Placement courses, one of the largest AP programs in West Virginia.[2]

State Championships[edit]


  • Wrestling - 1956
    • Individual State Champion: Joe Panico
    • Individual State Champion: Derek Jefferson
    • Individual State Champion: Jesse Schiffbauer
    • Individual State Champion: Jon Waldron
    • Individual State Champion: Kyle Turnbull
    • Individual State Champion: David Campbell
  • Boys Cross Country - 2006, 2013, 2014
    • Individual State Champion: Ryan Scotnicki - 2004
    • Individual State Champion: Seth Edwards - 2014, 2015
    • Individual State Champion: Philip White - 2016
  • Girls Cross Country - 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016
    • Individual State Champion: Amber Riley - 2006
    • Individual State Champion: Millie Paladino - 2012, 2013
  • Girls Soccer - 2009, 2010, 2016
  • Golf - 2012
  • Boys Lacrosse - 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
  • Girls Lacrosse - 2014
  • Boys Track (Individuals)
    • 2014
      • 4x800m Relay: (Andy Paladino, Seth Edwards, Alex Minor, Tristan Harvey)
  • Girls Track (Individuals)
    • 2012
      • 1600m: Millie Paladino
      • 4x800m Relay: (Millie Paladino, Alex Phares, Abbey Harrison, Emily Lynch)
    • 2013
      • 1600m: Millie Paladino
      • 3200m: Millie Paladino
    • 2014
      • 800m: Millie Paladino
      • 1600m: Millie Paladino
      • 3200m: Millie Paladino


  • Music in the Mountains TOB competition
    • 2014-2015 1st place band, 1st place percussion, 1st place guard
    • 2003-2012 1st place percussion, 1st place guard
  • UHS Symphonic Winds 2014 West Virginia Music Educators Association Honor Band
  • UHS Jazz Ensemble 2012-2014 West Virginia Music Educators Association Honor Band

State Runner-Up[edit]

  • Wrestling - 1955
  • Football - 1994
  • Girls Cross Country - 2009, 2011, 2012
  • Boys Cross Country - 2012, 2015
  • Golf - 2006
  • Girls Soccer - 2008
  • Boys Lacrosse - 2008, 2010
  • Girls Lacrosse - 2016
  • Boys Soccer - 2016

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Rich Braham - 1989 - retired professional American football player for the Cincinnati Bengals[3]
  • Jedd Gyorko - 2007 - professional baseball player for the St. Louis Cadinals
  • Josh Judy - 2004 - professional baseball player[4]


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  2. ^ "AP Summer Work - University High School". Retrieved 2015-11-03. 
  3. ^ Furfari, Mickey (May 21, 2011). "Braham has come along way". The Journal. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Morgantown Native Josh Judy To The Reds". West Virginia MetroNews. December 23, 2011. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 

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