Windham High School (Ohio)
|Windham High School|
Windham Junior and Senior High School from the corner of Bauer Avenue and Main Street
|9530 Bauer Ave
Windham, Ohio 44288
|School district||Windham Exempted Village School District|
|Color(s)||Black and Vegas Gold
|Athletics conference||Northeastern Athletic Conference - Stripes Division|
Windham High School is a public high school in Windham, Ohio. It is the only high school in the Windham Exempted Village School District. Their nickname is the Bombers. Windham High School was founded in 1883.
Windham High School offers several athletic teams, all of which are known as the Bombers. The school currently competes in the Northeastern Athletic Conference Stars Division and began play in the NAC in 2013. Currently, Windham sponsors seven athletic teams:
The Bombers have at least one league championship in every sport in which they participate. During the late 1950s, the school played a leading role in establishing the short-lived Tomahawk Conference and was a longtime member of the former Portage County League and Portage Trail Conference.
In 1939, the school was ranked by The American Boy magazine as the 16th best in the nation for six-man football. This selection was made by Stephen Epler, the creator of what was then a fairly new sport. The Bombers defeated Stamford Collegiate Secondary School in Niagara Falls, Ontario for the first-ever international title on October 5, 1940, and were ranked in the top 10 in the nation by The American Boy magazine. Three members of the team, Harold and Fred Stanley and Robert Turner, were chosen as All-American players, the only Windham players ever so honored.
According to the Ravenna-Kent Record-Courier, Windham competed in the Portage County League until 1953, when the Windham school district became the Windham Exempted Village School District. In Ohio, Exempted Village School Districts are given similar authority to city school districts; i.e. to "determine for itself the number of members and the organization of the district board of education". At this time, Windham withdrew from the PCL and competed as an independent.
Prior to 1953, most schools in Portage County were given "A" classification in Ohio's system of measuring school size for athletics. Due to increasing enrollment from the construction of the Ravenna Arsenal a decade earlier, Windham was close to "AA" classification. In 1957, Windham had an exceptional year in football, posting an undefeated record of six wins and a tie. In order to maintain "A" classification, Windham cut freshmen from the team at the beginning of the season. However, in contests against Garrettsville and Ravenna Township, football coach Leo Kot played two freshmen to prevent running up the score. These contests led directly to Windham's classification as "AA" upon appeal from Mogadore High School, and the subsequent formation of the Tomahawk Conference.
The Bombers won the Tomahawk Conference championship for football all three years of the conference's existence, sharing the title with Southeast in 1959. Windham also won all three conference titles in baseball, and in 1961 the Bombers were state runners-up, losing the state baseball championship to Liberty Union High School.
Portage County League, Portage Trail Conference, and the Northeastern Athletic Conference
In 1961, the Bombers returned to the reconstituted Portage County League. Windham continued to enjoy success in football, and the school was the first head coaching job for later college and professional football coach Stan Parrish. Parrish coached the Bombers from 1972 until 1974 after serving as an assistant from 1969–71.
The PCL became the basis of the extant Portage Trail Conference, created through inter-county expansion in 2005. On July 2, 2011, Windham announced that it would be leaving the PTC following the 2012–13 school year and joining the Northeastern Athletic Conference, citing declining enrollment and a resulting decreasing ability to compete in the PTC. In its first three years of competition, Windham won several league championships in volleyball and girls basketball.
Printed History of Windham Athletics
Windham is one of the few high schools of any size to have its athletic history recorded in a published book. The Windham Bombers: The First Half-Century of Small Town Athletic History, by George Belden, was published in 2016, and covers the years 1928 through 1974.
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Notes and references
- Retrieved from the interactive Ohio Educational Directory System (OEDS-R) on June 1, 2008
- "History of the Windham Schools". Windham Exempted Village School District. 1998. Archived from the original on 2004-08-10. Retrieved 2008-05-22.
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- Harris, Colin (2008-04-02). "An all-world salute". Record-Courier. Kent and Ravenna, Ohio: Dix Communications. Retrieved 2008-05-01.
- "The Ohio Constitution". 127th Ohio General Assembly. Retrieved 2008-06-01.
Provision shall be made by law for the organization, administration and control of the public school system of the state supported by public funds: provided, that each school district embraced wholly or in part within any city shall have the power by referendum vote to determine for itself the number of members and the organization of the district board of education, and provision shall be made by law for the exercise of this power by such school districts.
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- Harris, Colin (July 2, 2011). "Windham waves goodbye to the PTC". Record Courier. Retrieved July 15, 2011.