Elyria High School

Elyria High School is a public high school in Elyria, Ohio. Founded in 1830, it is notable for being the first chartered high school west of the Allegheny Mountains. Elyria High School athletic teams are known as the Pioneers and compete in the Greater Cleveland Conference.

Elyria High School
Elyria High School.jpg
601 Middle Avenue


United States
TypePublic, Coeducational high school
School districtElyria City School District
PrincipalTimothy Brown
Staff101.50 (FTE)[2]
Enrollment1,849 (2017-18)[2]
Student to teacher ratio18.22[2]
Color(s)Cherry, white, black[1]
SloganIt's A Great Day To be A Pioneer!
Fight songOur Director
Athletics conferenceGreater Cleveland Conference
MascotPetey the Pioneer
RivalLorain High School, Elyria Catholic High School
AccreditationOhio Department of Education
PublicationThe Page
NewspaperThe Herald
YearbookThe Elyrian
Elyria High School - Washington Building
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Washington Building during renovation in 2010.
Elyria High School is located in Ohio
Elyria High School
LocationSW corner of 6th St. and Middle Ave., Elyria, Ohio
Coordinates41°21′44″N 82°6′28″W / 41.36222°N 82.10778°W / 41.36222; -82.10778Coordinates: 41°21′44″N 82°6′28″W / 41.36222°N 82.10778°W / 41.36222; -82.10778
Area3.6 acres (1.5 ha)
Built1893 (1893)
Architectural styleRomanesque
NRHP reference No.79002735[3]
Added to NRHPAugust 13, 1979

In 2007, Elyria passed Issue 7 allowing for a new high school to be built. All but the Washington building were demolished. A new athletic wing, academic building, cafeteria, and performing arts wing were all built, including a Performing Arts Center. The Washington Building was restored as well. The buildings were completed in December 2011.


Elyria High School has been through several reconstructions and additions throughout its history. The oldest section, the Washington Building, built in 1894, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Technology building was built in 1913 with additions constructed in the 1920s. The red-brick Lincoln Building was built in the 1950s on the former site of Lincoln School which was completed in 1924. It connects the Washington and Technology buildings. The vocational building stands separate from the rest of the school. The last addition, including the big gym and auditorium, was completed in 1956. In 1996, Elyria West High School, the city's former second high school, was closed down and the students were consolidated for the start of the 1996-1997 school year. Two separate facilities spread across the city are used for athletics, Pioneer Fields and Ely Stadium, which host soccer and football, baseball, track, and various other athletics and events respectively. With the passage of Issue 23 in November 2016, a new $14 million dollar athletic complex will be built on the current location of Ely Stadium, including soccer, baseball, softball, and various other athletic fields, as a new elementary school will be built at the location of the current Pioneer Fields.


Due to Elyria High School's age and extremely poor condition that posed a safety hazard to staff and students, it has been reconstructed, having been supported by an issue known as Issue 7. Issue 7 was passed on May 8, 2007 after three previous attempts. The new building was constructed adjacent to the old high school and connects with the historical Washington Building, which was also renovated. The project cost nearly $70 million and spans two city blocks and is 300,000 square feet (28,000 m2). The new school was built in phases, with phase 1 which included the main academics center being scheduled for conclusion by the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year. Following phase 1, demolition of the old building and construction of the gymnasiums and cafeteria began on the grounds of the old building and is connected to the new building and the entire construction project concluded for the 2011-2012 school year. The building was fully completed during the 2012-2013 school year, with the completion of the rooms for the JROTC program, located on the first floor of the Washington Building.

Notable alumniEdit

Paul W Eckert Class of 1975 member 1973 Ohio state wrestling championship . Business executive founder Eckert group , family financial centers , legal solutions, family partners insurance . Chairman Pennsylvania financial service centers. Writer franchise world , current , checklist . Featured financial contributor to a variety of media and print publication outlets.

State championshipsEdit


  1. ^ a b OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Archived from the original on 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2010-04-02.
  2. ^ a b c "Elyria High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved March 24, 2020.
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved 2006-12-31.
  5. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Wrestling". Archived from the original on 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2007-02-12.
  6. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Softball". Archived from the original on 2007-01-13. Retrieved 2007-02-12.

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