Wheelersburg High School

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Wheelersburg High School
701 Pirate Drive
Wheelersburg, Ohio,

United States
Coordinates 38°43′20″N 82°50′48″W / 38.7222222°N 82.8466667°W / 38.7222222; -82.8466667
Type (Ohio) public, rural, high school
School district Wheelersburg Local School District
Principal Chris Porter, Principal
Jerod Shaw, Asstistant Principal & Athletic Director
Head of school Mark Knapp, Superintendent
Grades 9-12
Color(s) Orange & Black
Athletics baseball, boys' and girls' basketball, boys' and girls' cross country, boys' golf, boys' soccer, fast pitch softball, boys' and girls' swimming, boys' and girls' tennis, boys' and girls' track, and girls' volleyball[1]
Athletics conference Southern Ohio Conference - Division II[1]
Mascot Pirates[1]
A view of construction on the new Wheelersburg (K-12) School from the current high school parking lot.

Wheelersburg High School (WHS) is a public high school in Wheelersburg, Scioto County, Ohio. It is the only high school in the Wheelersburg Local School District, which is located in Porter Township along the northern bank of the Ohio River in Southern Ohio. Wheelersburg's mascot is the Pirates and their school colors are orange and black.

The district is bordered by the Bloom-Vernon Local School District and the Minford Local School District to the north along Ohio 140, the Green Local School District to the east along U.S. 52 and Ohio 522 (before entering Lawrence County), and the Portsmouth City School District to the west.

Students entered a new K-12 academic building during the 2008-2009 school year.


Wheelersburg High School won the Ohio Academic Competition in 1985 and 1986.[2] The school also won the 1984 National Academic Championship.[3]

For the past five years, the Wheelersburg High School has received an "Excellent" rating on the State of Ohio's Local Report Card.[4]


There are ten school districts and eleven high schools in Scioto County along with one parochial school as well as several private and community schools.[5] The school's athletic affiliation is with the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) and the Southern Ohio Conference (SOC), which has sixteen member schools and is divided into two divisions (SOC I & SOC II) based on the schools' enrollment. The SOC includes teams from four different Ohio counties - Jackson County (Oak Hill High School), Lawrence County (Symmes Valley High School), Pike County (Waverly High School, Eastern High School, and Western High School), and Scioto County (Clay High School, Green High School, Glenwood High School, Sciotoville Community School, Valley High School, Northwest High School, Minford High School, Portsmouth West High School, Notre Dame High School, South Webster High School, and Wheelersburg High School).[6]

See also Ohio High School Athletic Conferences and the Southern Ohio Conference

Ohio High School Athletic Association championships and appearances[edit]

In 2015, Wheelersburg Baseball became the first OHSAA team ever to win 6 straight regional championships from 2010 to 2015.

  • Boys' Basketball
OHSAA State Runner-up[10]
1984 - (d. Willard 70-64 & lost to Akron St. Vincent - St. Mary 75-71 to finish season at 23-5)
1995 - (d. Columbus Bishop Hartley 76-60 & lost to Orrville 79-50 to finish season at 23-4)
OHSAA Final Four Appearances[11][12][13]
1982 - Youngstown Rayen d. Wheelersburg 61-45)
1989 - (Cincinnati North College Hill d. Wheelersburg 71-67 (2OT))
2006 - (Cleveland Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph d. Wheelersburg 71-62)
2007 - (Cincinnati North College Hill d. Wheelersburg 69-66 (OT))


In 1989, the Wheelersburg "Pirates" football team won the Division IV state championship by defeating the Warren John F. Kennedy "Eagles" 14-7. The Pirates were led by head coach Ed Miller, who also won two Ohio Associated Press state championships at Portsmouth Notre Dame in 1967 and 1970.

The Pirates are members of the Southern Ohio Conference, Division II. "The Burg," as it is affectionately called, has won their conference thirty times. In fact, Wheelersburg has captured more conference titles than all other member schools (Lucasville Valley, Minford, Portsmouth West, Scioto Northwest and Waverly) combined.

Making the OHSAA football playoffs twenty-seven times, the Pirates have captured six regional titles, reaching the state playoffs in 1981, 1989, 1991, 1994, 1998, and 2015.[16] The Pirates won the SOC title against the Valley Indians for their 30th SOC title, on October 23, 2015.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d OHSAA. "OHSAA Member School Info". Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  2. ^ OAC. "Ohio Academic Competition". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-05-22. 
  3. ^ QuestionsUnlimited. "National Academic Champions". Retrieved 2007-07-02. 
  4. ^ "District Local Report Card Information". 
  5. ^ Ohio Department of Development. "Ohio County Profiles: Scioto County" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-05-11. 
  6. ^ Southern Ohio Conference (January 2007). "Southern Ohio Conference Constitution and By-laws". 
  7. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Baseball". Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  8. ^ OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved 2006-12-31. 
  9. ^ a b OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web Site". Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  10. ^ OHSAA. "OHSAA 84th Annual State Basketball Tournament Program". p. 51 & 59. 
  11. ^ OHSAA. "OHSAA 84th Annual State Basketball Tournament Program". pp. 51–52 & 59. 
  12. ^ OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site, 2006 Boys' Div. III Basketball Recap". Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  13. ^ OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site, 2007 Boys' Div. III Basketball Recap". Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  14. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Football". Retrieved 2007-06-20. 
  15. ^ OHSAA. "OHSAA 30th Annual State Fast Pitch Softball Tournament Program". p. 37. 
  16. ^ Wheelersburg Athletic Department. "Wheelersburg High School Championships". Retrieved 2007-05-24. 

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