Withrow High School

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Withrow High School
Withrow tower nice 500 pix.jpg
Withrow High School entrance in 2007
2520 Madison Road
Cincinnati, Ohio, (Hamilton County) 45208
United States
Coordinates 39°8′27″N 84°27′9″W / 39.14083°N 84.45250°W / 39.14083; -84.45250Coordinates: 39°8′27″N 84°27′9″W / 39.14083°N 84.45250°W / 39.14083; -84.45250
Type Public, Coeducational high school
Established 1919
Superintendent Mary Ronan[1]
Principal Sharon Johnson[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment approx 750
Campus Urban
Color(s) Black and Orange [1]         
Athletics conference Eastern Cincinnati Conference[1]
Team name Tigers[1]
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [2]
Athletic Director Darren Braddix[1]
Withrow High School
Area 14 acres (5.7 ha)
Built 1919 (1919)
Architect Garber & Woodward
Architectural style Colonial Revival
NRHP Reference # 83001987[3]
Added to NRHP January 19, 1983

Withrow High School (formerly East Side High School) is a public high school located on the east side of Cincinnati, Ohio. It is part of the Cincinnati Public Schools.


The school opened in 1919 and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 with other historic buildings in Ohio.[4] Frederick W. Garber's firm was involved in the school's design known for its arching entry bridge, 114-foot (35 m) clock tower,[5] plantings and trees, 27-acre (110,000 m2) campus, and large sports complex. Garber also designed Walnut Hills High School, Rothenberg School and Westwood Elementary (formerly Westwood School).


Withrow High School students have received national recognition for their academic achievements.[citation needed] While Withrow has received the highest rating ("Excellent") on the Ohio standardized tests three times since 2004,[6] their current rating, as of September 2012, is "Effective".[7] Additionally, the school graduated 100% of its seniors and nearly all of them received college scholarships in 2006.[6]

Withrow currently operates two academic programs: Withrow International High School and Withrow University High School. The Withrow University program opened to high school freshmen in the Fall of 2002. This class became Withrow University's first graduating class on May 19, 2006. The International Program dates back to the 1980s.


The new gym

Since 2000, Withrow has undergone a total modernization.[citation needed]

The remodelling included the classrooms, media center and cafeteria; also the gymnasium and football complex have been improved due to gifts provided by alumni and the NFL team, the Cincinnati Bengals.

School traditions[edit]

Withrow has maintained many traditions over the years. The Withrow Band has been recognized nationally many times and was chosen to march in the Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C. in 2008.[citation needed] Withrow students and teachers put on two variety shows for many years: The Withrow Minstrels and the Sounds of Withrow. Artifacts from Withrow's nearly 90 year history are maintained in The Withrow Museum. Graduate students have placed hundreds of testimonials on engraved bricks all around the entrance to the school.

Ohio High School Athletic Association state championships[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  3. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  4. ^ "Digital Library". National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
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  7. ^ "Withrow University High School - 2010-2011 School Year Report Card" (PDF). Ohio Department of Education. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
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Further reading[edit]

  • The East Side High School; Cincinnati Ohio, Garber & Woodward Architects, Architectural record, Volume 51 By American Institute of Architects pages 329-337