GlenOak High School

GlenOak High School is a public high school in Plain Township, Ohio, United States, near Canton. It is the only high school in the Plain Local School District. Sports teams are called the Golden Eagles, and they compete in the Ohio High School Athletic Association as a member of the Federal League.

GlenOak High School
1801 Schneider Street NE


United States
TypePublic, Coeducational high school
School districtPlain Local School District
SuperintendentBrent May
PrincipalMike Babics
Enrollment2,068 (2016-17)[1]
Campus sizeMedium
Color(s)Forest green & Vegas gold
Athletics conferenceFederal League[2]
MascotErnie the Eagle
Team nameGolden Eagles
RivalHoover, McKinley, Jackson, Perry, Lake
NewspaperThe Eagle
Athletic DirectorScott Garcia


Plain Local finished construction of the new GlenOak Community Campus for the 2006–2007 school year, a high school with a public library situated within the building. Designed by architects Perkins+Will, it incorporates an 'academy' design. Seven academies are within the school, as following:

  • 9th Grade Academy
  • Arts and Communication Academy
  • Business and Marketing Academy
  • Environmental Sciences Academy
  • Health Sciences Academy
  • Human Services Academy
  • Industrial and Engineering Academy
  • Freshman Arts Program

The Community Campus includes an incorporated public library, a video studio, a 900-seat theater with balcony, and a blackbox. It also sports two gymnasiums, the main gym and a smaller auxiliary gym, softball and baseball fields and a new multi-purpose stadium with Field Turf, named "Bob Commings Field". The stadium enhancements are being funded privately through community support. Design of permanent facilities within the stadium were completed in 2008 and an outdoor learning lab is being built near the main retention pond. An adjacent property was bought by Plain Township to be converted to a park, and walking trails from the park will wind through the campus. Also, Mercy Medical center has set up an urgent care facility within the GlenOak Campus. Additional partnerships are being considered, such as partnerships with colleges and universities.


  • Mike Babics, Building Principal
  • Gayle Kimbrough, Deputy Principal
  • Jerad Buck, Academy Principal: Business and Marketing
  • Leigh Anne Kummer, Academy Principal: Arts and Communication/Career Tech Coordinator
  • Chicola Whitfield, Academy Principal: Engineering and Industrial Technology/Health Services
  • Matt Gagnon, Academy Principal: 9th Grade Academy

Clubs and activitiesEdit

The school's Latin Club functions as a local chapter of both the Ohio Junior Classical League (OJCL)[3] and National Junior Classical League (NJCL).[4] The school's Gay Straight Alliance club was created in the 2011-2012 school year by two juniors, Ellenore Holbrook and David Seatter. It was the first Gay-Straight Alliance Created in the area, launching an increase in clubs around Canton, Ohio.[5] The marching band performs at every football game and multiple band shows. After the football season, students audition for either concert band (class C) or Symphonic Winds (class A). Other optional instrumental ensembles include Jazz and Pep bands.


GlenOak is part of the Federal League, an athletic conference that includes the nearby schools of Green High School, Jackson High School, Lake High, McKinley High, North Canton Hoover High, and Perry High.

The school nickname is the Golden Eagle and the mascot is Ernie the Eagle. This, too, represents a combination of the former Glenwood and Oakwood high school traditions. Prior to the merger of those schools in 1975, Glenwood's teams were known as the Eagles, with school colors of red and blue, while Oakwood's were the Golden Raiders, with school colors of green and gold. When the schools were merged to form GlenOak, the mascot became the Golden Eagle, while Oakwood's school colors were retained. (Similarly, the district's former junior high school teams were once known as the Taft Senators and the Middlebranch Diamonds. Those names were discontinued when the district applied the "Golden Eagle" nickname and colors to all schools in the 1980s. Taft and Middlebranch—the latter the original high school in the district—became elementary schools in 2006 as Glenwood and Oakwood became middle schools). The boys basketball team qualified for the OHSAA Final Four in 2007 led by All-American Kosta Koufos. The football team qualified for the OHSAA Playoffs during coach Scott Garcias(Class of 1987) first 3 years advancing to the regional finals in 2008. The Boys Cross Country team, under Head Coach Bryan Krosse, went to the state tournament in 2009.[6] They finished in 6th place.[7]

OHSAA State ChampionshipsEdit

Other State ChampionshipsEdit

Notable alumniEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ "GlenOak High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  2. ^ Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory
  3. ^ "Executive Board Pre-File Application". - June 2007. Internet Archive: Wayback Machine. 2010. Archived from the original on June 17, 2007. Retrieved August 16, 2010.
  4. ^ "OJCL Constitution". - July 2002. Internet Archive: Wayback Machine. 2010. Archived from the original on July 21, 2002. Retrieved August 16, 2010. ... by paying both OJCL annual chapter dues and any annual chapter membership dues required by NJCL.
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  6. ^ "GlenOak Boys Cross Country". Retrieved 22 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Cross Country Archived State Tournament Results". Retrieved 22 April 2014.
  8. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Baseball". Archived from the original on 2007-03-08. Retrieved 2007-02-12.
  9. ^ a b OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved 2006-12-31.
  10. ^ OHSSCA. "Ohio High School Swim Coaches' Association-Girls Swimming State Champions". Archived from the original on June 22, 2006. Retrieved 2007-03-08.
  11. ^ OHSSCA. "Ohio High School Swim Coaches' Association-Boys Water Polo State Champions". Archived from the original on June 23, 2006. Retrieved 2007-03-08.
  12. ^ OHSSCA. "Ohio High School Swim Coaches' Association-Girls Water Polo State Champions". Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-08.

Coordinates: 40°52′09″N 81°21′00″W / 40.869164°N 81.350124°W / 40.869164; -81.350124