William Mason High School (Mason, Ohio)

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William Mason High School
Address
6100 Mason-Montgomery Road
Mason, Ohio 45040
United States
Coordinates 39°21′3″N 84°18′26″W / 39.35083°N 84.30722°W / 39.35083; -84.30722Coordinates: 39°21′3″N 84°18′26″W / 39.35083°N 84.30722°W / 39.35083; -84.30722
Information
School type Public, Coeducational
Opened First graduating class, 1886 (current building, 2002)
School district Mason City Schools
Superintendent Gail Kist-Kline
CEEB code 363275
Principal Dave Hyatt
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 3,300 (2013)
Color(s) Green and White
Song The Green and White
Fight song Stand Up and Cheer, Tusk
Athletics conference Greater Miami Conference
Mascot Comets
Newspaper The Chronicle
Website

William Mason High School, also known as Mason High School (WMHS or MHS), is a four-year public high school located in the Mason City Schools district in Mason, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. Its enrollment makes it the largest high school in Ohio, serving more than 3,300 students in grades 9 through 12 in a 620,000 square-foot, three-story facility on a 73-acre campus.[1]

History[edit]

The school's first graduating class was in 1886, with 7 students at commencement at Mason's Opera House. In the following years, graduating classes consisted of 10, 3 (all girls), 3 (all girls), and, in 1890, 14, according to "Around Mason, Ohio: A Story", 1982, by Rose Marie Springman. At the school's 50th commencement in 1935, the school graduated 27. In 1959, the long-time high school on North East Street became a K-8 school with the building of a new high school on Mason-Montgomery Road (the site of the current Mason Middle School). Indoor athletics continued to be held at the old building until a new gym was added to the high school in 1967.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Performing arts[edit]

The school's Drama Club performs two plays in the fall and winter, culminating in a spring musical each year. Mason High School is a member of the Cappies of Greater Cincinnati, and its winter 2009 play "Noises Off" won the Best Play Cappie. Its outstanding theater facilities include a complete auditorium, scene and costume shop, Green Room and newly constructed black box theater space.

The Instrumental Music Department encompasses six concert bands (concert white, green, silver, winds, symphonic band, and wind symphony), four orchestras, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Pep Band, Chamber Strings, Winter Guard, Winter Percussion, and AP Music Theory. The Mason Band Program was awarded the John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Flag of Honor on May 24, 2008.[citation needed] In 2011, the William Mason High School Marching Band was the recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Shield, the highest honor a marching band can receive.[2] MHS is one of only 15 schools to ever receive both awards.[citation needed] In 2017, The William Mason High School marching band earned the title of third in the nation at BOA Grand Nationals, for their show "World out of Balance."[citation needed]

Athletics[edit]

The Comets participate in the Greater Miami Conference. Previously, Mason was a charter member of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference from 1965-66 to 2006-07.[3] Mason has won the GMC All Sports Trophy for eight consecutive years.[4]

Athletic facilities include:

  • Dwire Field at Atrium Stadium: Seating for 6,800, synthetic turf football field, 8-lane all-weather track, Jumbotron scoreboard, three concession stands, two press boxes. Hosts state playoff football games. Named for Walter Dwire, MHS class of 1936 who was the first inductee into the Mason Athletic Hall of Fame, and was Mason's athletic director when the football program was started and the field built in 1962.
  • Mason Arena: Seating for 3,200 (with auxiliary gym that seats 1,000), center-court scoreboard, 4 corner scoreboards. Hosts state playoff games.
  • Multipurpose Field (soccer, lacrosse): Seating for 1,240, synthetic turf.
  • Natatorium: Seating for 600, 11 lanes, movable floor. Hosts state playoff meets.
  • Softball fields: three, including main stadium with permanent seating/brick facade. Hosts state playoff games.
  • Baseball field: one with permanent seating/brick facade.
  • Tennis: Seating for 100, 16 hard courts.
  • Atrium Fitness Center: State-of-the-art training and fitness center.

Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships/Team[edit]

Division I

Non-OHSAA State Championships/Team[edit]

Notable alumni and staff[edit]

References[edit]