Urbana High School (Ohio)

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Urbana High School
500 Washington Avenue
Urbana, Ohio 43078
United States
Coordinates 40°6′46″N 83°44′34″W / 40.11278°N 83.74278°W / 40.11278; -83.74278Coordinates: 40°6′46″N 83°44′34″W / 40.11278°N 83.74278°W / 40.11278; -83.74278
Type Public, coeducational
School district Urbana City School District
Principal Kristin Mays
Grades 912
Color(s) Maroon and white[1]
Fight song Across the Field
Athletics conference Central Buckeye Conference[1]
Mascot Sparky
Team name Hillclimbers[1]
Rival Bellefontaine High School
Graham High School
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools,[2] Ohio Department of Education
Yearbook The Tower

Urbana High School (UHS) is a public high school in Urbana, Ohio, United States, serving students in grades nine through 12. It is the only high school in the Urbana City School District and had a student enrollment of 509 in 2015–16.[3] Athletic teams are known as the Hillclimbers and the school colors are maroon and white. UHS was rated as Excellent by the Ohio Department of Education in 2011 and 2012.


After creation of the district on April 28, 1849,[4] the original high school building was constructed in 1874 with approved local bonds of initially $60,000, and later increased by $20,000. The last of these bonds were paid off in 1896, and unfortunately this building burnt down due to an unexplained fire on December 12, 1896. The flames from the fire were bright enough to be seen from Piqua, St. Paris, Springfield, and West Liberty. Insurance on the building, totaling $20,000 by the district,[5][6] allowed for a new high school to be built on the same location as the original building. Construction was completed in the fall of 1897, and the building was designed to resemble a castle on top of the city's highest point,[7] which became commonly referred to as "The Castle".

An addition of a junior high building attached to the north end of the high school building was completed in 1930, with the castle then named the "William McK. Vance Building". On December 12, 1930, exactly 34 years after the original building had been destroyed in a fire, the high school building caught fire again. While the castle burned, the newly adjoined building was spared due to the implementation of fire-proof construction.[8][9] The origin of this fire was also unknown, but the castle was immediately remodeled, and continued to function as class space for the Urbana Junior High School until April of 2018. Further additions to the original buildings have been made over the years, with the most recent of these permanent additions completed in the mid 1950s.[10]

In November of 2014, voters of the district approved a 7.15-mill, 28-year building levy for a new high school building on the current property of the high school and junior high school, along with consolidating the district's four (K-2, 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8) elementary and junior high buildings into a single facility.[11][12] Construction was completed on a new building in April of 2018. The new high school was built directly behind the current high school, allowing "The Castle" and the former gymnasium/auditorium building to remain standing on the hill and in use by the district.

Extracurricular Activities[edit]

Urbana High School features a variety of extracurricular activities. Within the music department, students can participate in concert band and choir, marching band, show choir, the annual musical, pep band, and jazz band. For leadership and community service experience, the Castle Chapter of the National Honor Society provides a number of community and school-wide outreach events each year, with only a select number of student admitted into the chapter during a student's junior and senior year. Students each spring also elect their respective classmates into positions on the Urbana High School Student Council. Other chapters and groups include an Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), and DECA.


Athletic teams are known as the Hillclimbers and their mascot is named Sparky. Fall sports include football, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls golf, boys and girls cross country, girls tennis, and girls volleyball. Winter sports include boys and girls basketball, wrestling, boys and girls swimming, and boys and girls bowling. Spring sports include baseball, softball, boys tennis, and boys and girls track and field.

State Championships[edit]


  • Girls Volleyball – 1976 [13]
  • Baseball – 1982, 1990 [14]
  • Girls Basketball – 1992, 1993 [13]
  • Boys Bowling - 2016 [15]


  • Pete Dye - Boys Golf - 1943 [16]
  • Paul Manuel - Boys Pole Vault - 1984 [17][18]
  • Patrick Rogan - Boys 400m Dash - 1985 [19][18]
  • Lucretia Corbin - Girls 100m Dash - 1996 [20][18]
  • Lucretia Corbin - Girls 100m Dash - 1997 [21][18]
  • Jasmine Picket - Girls Long Jump - 2006 [22][18]
  • Brice Beam - Boys Bowling - 2008 [15]
  • Taylor Bodey- Girls Bowling - 2014 [15]
  • Jack Harris - Wrestling (195) - 2016 [23]
  • Luc Russell - Boys Bowling - 2017 [15]


  1. ^ a b c OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Retrieved 2009-12-24.
  2. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on September 23, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-21.
  3. ^ "Best High Schools". US News and World Report. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  4. ^ "The School Law". champaigncounty.advantage-preservation.com. 4 May 1849. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  5. ^ "Fire Fiend's Awful Work". Urbana Citizen and Gazette. 14 December 2018. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Urbana's Handsome High School, A Monument of What Once Was". Champaign Democrat. 17 December 1896. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Like An Old Castle". Urbana Citizen and Gazette. 27 December 1897. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Fire Razes High School Building Today". Urbana Daily Citizen. 13 December 1930. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Fire Destroys Urbana High School Building". Champaign Democrat. 16 December 1930. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  10. ^ "UHS History". urbana.k12.oh.us. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  11. ^ Elliot, Casey (11 November 2014). "Urbana's new schools may be years away". Urbana Daily Citizen. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Urbana voters approve new schools..." Urbana Daily Citizen. 4 November 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  13. ^ a b OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved 2009-01-23.
  14. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Baseball". Retrieved 2009-01-23.
  15. ^ a b c d "OHSAA Bowling History". 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  16. ^ "OHSAA Boys Golf History". 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  17. ^ Gregor, Scot (2 June 1984). "Manuel wins AA pole vault title". Urbana Daily Citizen. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  18. ^ a b c d e "OHSAA Track and Field History". OHSAA. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  19. ^ Bolender, Ron (3 June 1985). "Rogan continues legacy by winning state title". Urbana Daily Citizen. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  20. ^ Burns, Brenda (3 June 1996). "Corbin a state champion". Urbana Daily Citizen. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  21. ^ Burns, Brenda (9 June 1997). "Corbin repeats 100-meter dash state champ". Urbana Daily Citizen. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  22. ^ Leher, Jessica (5 June 2006). "Picket earns state title in long jump; Aldefer, Kessler, Major place sixth". Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  23. ^ "Division II Results (2016)". OHSAA. Retrieved 6 August 2018.

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