Waynedale High School
|Waynedale High School|
|9050 Dover Road
Apple Creek, Ohio, Wayne County 44606
|School district||Southeast Local School District|
|Color(s)||Brown and gold|
|Athletics conference||Wayne County Athletic League|
|Sports||Boys Soccer, Cheerleading, Football, Girls Soccer, Golf, Volleyball, Cross Country, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Wrestling, Baseball, Softball, Track|
|Rivals||Smithville HS, Dalton HS, Triway HS|
|Newspaper||"The Bear Facts"|
|Yearbook||"Hill 'N Dale"|
|Communities served||Apple Creek, Fredericksburg, Holmesville, Mount Eaton|
Waynedale High School is a public high school in Apple Creek, Ohio, United States. It is the only high school in the Southeast Local School District. They are nicknamed the "Golden Bears" and wear the colors of brown and gold for athletic events.
Waynedale was created in 1955 during the era when the state of Ohio was consolidating small school districts into larger ones in order to save money. Apple Creek, Fredericksburg, Holmesville, and Mt. Eaton high schools were merged to create Waynedale High School within the Southeast Local School District. They have been members of the Wayne County Athletic League since their creation, as their preceding schools were beforehand. A 20-member committee of coaches, students, and teachers chose the name "Waynedale", as well as the nickname "Bears" over the other choices of "Warriors" and "Wabbits". When the school colors of brown and gold were selected, they decided to go with the nickname of "Golden Bears." The Waynedale student section during athletic events is called the "Bear Den".
Due to the recent success of all three teams, Waynedale's football team also has a strong rivalry with both the Dalton High School Bulldogs and the Smithville High School Smithies. All three schools have combined to either share or outright win the WCAL football title 43 times from 1955-2015, and in that time frame there have only been 18 seasons where none of the three have contributed to a football championship.