Van Buren High School (Ohio)

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Van Buren High School
Van Buren Schools.jpg
Van Buren Schools
217 South Main Street
Van Buren, (Hancock County), Ohio 45889
United States
Coordinates 41°8′8″N 83°38′54″W / 41.13556°N 83.64833°W / 41.13556; -83.64833Coordinates: 41°8′8″N 83°38′54″W / 41.13556°N 83.64833°W / 41.13556; -83.64833
Type Public, Coeducational high school
School district Van Buren Local Schools
Superintendent Tim Myers[1]
Principal Kevin Shoup[2]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 327 (2014-15)[3]
Color(s) Orange and Black [1]         
Athletics conference Blanchard Valley Conference[1]
Mascot Kylo The Knight
Nickname Knights
Team name Black Knights[1]
Rival Liberty-Benton, North Baltimore
Newspaper The Knight Writer
Yearbook The Knight
Athletic Director Justin Slauterbeck[1]

Van Buren High School is a public high school in Van Buren, Ohio, the only high school in the Van Buren Local Schools district. They are a member of the Blanchard Valley Conference.


The four-room school building used till 1917

The first schoolhouse in Allen Township was a small log structure built in 1836. It was built of round logs covered with a clapboard roof, had greased paper windows and a huge fireplace at one end. About 1870 a two-room brick building was built on East Market Street. This building was later condemned and a four-room school was erected and used till 1917 when the schools of Allen Township were centralized and the present school, Van Buren High School, was erected. [4]

In the fall of 2017 Van Buren Schools will be having a centennial celebration of the 1917 addition still in use today.

Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships[edit]


The Black Knights compete in the following sports:

  • Football
  • Soccer (Boys' and Girls')
  • Golf (Boys and the first Girls team in the history of Hancock County)
  • Cross Country (Boys' and Girls')
  • Volleyball (Girls')
  • Basketball (Boys' and Girls')
  • Wrestling (Boys', was coed 2004-2005)
  • Track & Field (Boys' and Girls')
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Indoor Track

The Black Knight Football team has won the Valley Division of the BVC in 2014 & 2015 and advanced to the state playoffs each of the last 2 seasons with 3 playoff wins to their credit.

The Black Knights are well known for their success on the golf course, in which they have won or shared a BVC title since 2007. The Black Knights have also advanced to the state tournament in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 receiving State Runner Up in 2016.

The Boys Soccer team won the North Central Ohio Soccer Association League Title in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Musical Tradition[edit]

Van Buren High School is known in Ohio for its music department, mainly in vocals. The concert choir has received multiple Superior ratings at state contest. Along with the choir, Van Buren is home of the decorated show choir group "The Association," which competes in class C.

The Van Buren Black Knight Marching Band on November 6, 2009, traveled to Dublin, OH to compete in State Marching Band Finals for the first time in Van Buren history. They received a "II" (Excellent) rating and missed a "I" (Superior) rating by one point. The BKMB has since competed at State Finals four times receiving a Superior in: 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.


  1. ^ a b c d e OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
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  3. ^ "Van Buren High School". NCES. Retrieved November 8, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Our History - Village of Van Buren". Retrieved 2017-02-21. 
  5. ^ OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Website". Retrieved 2006-12-31. 

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