Cleveland Heights High School

Cleveland Heights High School (commonly known as Heights, Heights High or Heights High School) is the senior high school of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District.

Cleveland Heights High School
13263 Cedar Road

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Coordinates41°30′8″N 81°33′47″W / 41.50222°N 81.56306°W / 41.50222; -81.56306Coordinates: 41°30′8″N 81°33′47″W / 41.50222°N 81.56306°W / 41.50222; -81.56306
TypePublic, coeducational high school
School districtCleveland Heights-University Heights City School District
SuperintendentElizabeth Kirby[1]
PrincipalByron Hopkins
Teaching staff118.00 (FTE)[2]
Enrollment1,772 (2018-19)[2]
Student to teacher ratio15.02[2]
Color(s)Black and gold[3]   
Slogan"Let's Go Tigers! Eat 'Em Up, Eat 'Em Up!"
Athletics conferenceLake Erie League[3]
NicknameThe Tigers
Team nameTigers[3]
Athletic DirectorJoe D'Amato


Cleveland Heights High School was established in 1901 by the Cleveland Heights Board of Education. The building that is currently being used opened in 1926.[4] The current student population was, 1,772 as of the 2018-2019, school year with 15.02 student/teacher ratio. The student body is mostly African-American, with 75 percent identifying themselves as such, and Caucasian (15%), multiracial (6%), Hispanic (3%), and Asian (2%) minorities.[5]

Heights athletic teams play in Division I.

The school is known for its strong music departments, including the Vocal Music Department (VMD) which includes A Cappella, Men's and Women's Barbershop, Singers, and Men and Women's choruses. The Heights Gospel Choir was founded in 1974, and remains active as an extracurricular ensemble. The Instrumental Music Department (IMD) consists of the Heights High Symphony, Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Concert Orchestra, Marching Band, Jazz Lab, and Jazz Band. During the 1960 and 1970s, Heights High's music programs were nationally recognized, with the Choir and Orchestra considered among the best in the country. For a number of years, world-renowned musicians performed with the Orchestra. The Heights Band & Orchestra Parents organization and Heights Choir Parents Organization played a major role in promoting music and making Heights High synonymous with the highest quality music. The Heights High Symphony, Symphonic Winds and Jazz Ensemble competed in the 2007 Heritage Festival in Chicago, Illinois, culminating with an award ceremony at Medieval Times where the Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Jazz Ensemble, received Gold (or Superior) ratings.

The life stories of 48 graduates of Cleveland Heights High School are featured in the book Every Tiger Has a Tale, written by Gary Stromberg, a 1968 graduate of the school.

In 1991, the school won the 23rd National High School chess tournament. The team consisted of Andy Gard, Joshua Jex, Ari Singer and Wenning Xing. Xing also tied for the second place individual spot with a score of 6.0 out of seven, and Waitzkin (of Searching for Bobby Fischer fame) took first place with 6.5 out of seven.[6]

In the summer of 2015, the building began going under major renovations. The building re-opened on August 21, 2017, and the students used the original building for the 2017-2018 school year. The students used the Wiley campus for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years.

In popular cultureEdit

Cleveland Heights High School was featured in the 2006 movie The Oh in Ohio, featuring Mischa Barton and Danny DeVito. The cafeteria and pool are easily recognizable, along with other spots frequented by Heights High students such as Coventry Village. Seventeen magazine also did a featured spread on the senior class in 1975.

Ohio High School Athletic Association state championshipsEdit

Football stadium
  • Baseball — 1947[7]
  • Basketball — 1997[8]
  • Hockey — 1987
  • Swimming — 1932, 1933, 1934, 1965
  • Wrestling — 1976[9]
  • Track and field — 1941, 1982, 2008
  • Girls' track and field — 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995

Other non-OHSAA state titlesEdit

Notable alumniEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ Jewell, Thomas (March 15, 2019). "Kirby is new Cleveland Heights-University Heights superintendent". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Cleveland Heights High School
  3. ^ a b c OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Archived from the original on 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2010-02-17.
  4. ^ "About". Retrieved 2020-06-18.
  5. ^ "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Cleveland Heights High School". Retrieved 2020-06-18.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-26. Retrieved 2012-03-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Baseball". Archived from the original on 2007-03-08. Retrieved 2007-02-12.
  8. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Basketball D1". Archived from the original on 2008-06-08. Retrieved 2007-02-12.
  9. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Wrestling". Archived from the original on 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2007-02-12.
  10. ^ "Heights Magazine Alumni Profile: Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley '76". The Heights Magazine. Cleveland heights-University Heights City School District. May 2017. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  11. ^ Wittenberg, Ed (May 8, 2013). "Cleveland Heights High hall of fame features Jewish inductees". Cleveland Jewish News. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  12. ^ a b Piorkowski, Jeff (December 12, 2015). "Super Bowl players return to Heights High for a visit". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  13. ^ Cooper, Chuck (October 2011). "Excerpt from Chuck Cooper's Speech" (PDF). Fall Chronicles. New York State Theatre Education Association. p. 5. Retrieved September 11, 2020.
  14. ^ "Ten inducted into Heights High Hall of Fame - The Heights Observer". Retrieved 27 May 2019. James K. Fox, Class of 1965 While many may know him as the founder, leader and drummer for the rock group The James Gang. Fox is also an authority on automotive license plates.
  15. ^ "Cleveland Heights High School to induct 10 into alumni hall". Cleveland Jewish News. April 26, 2019. Retrieved September 10, 2020.

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