Jackson High School (Stark County, Ohio)

Jackson High School is a public high school located in Jackson Township, Ohio, United States, near Massillon. Part of the Jackson Local School District, it serves grades 9 through 12. The school's colors are purple and gold and the athletic teams are known as the Polar Bears.[3]

Jackson High School
Jackson High School (Stark County, Ohio) 2017.jpg
7600 Fulton Drive NW


United States
Coordinates40°51′40″N 81°29′23″W / 40.861083°N 81.489716°W / 40.861083; -81.489716Coordinates: 40°51′40″N 81°29′23″W / 40.861083°N 81.489716°W / 40.861083; -81.489716
School typePublic
School districtJackson Local School District
PrincipalJeff Kracker[1]
Enrollment2,041[2] (2018)
Color(s)Purple and Gold
Athletics conferenceFederal League
SportsFootball, golf, cross country, baseball, basketball, bowling, swimming, track, cheerleading, etc
MascotPolar Bears
Team nameJackson Polar Bears
RivalHoover Vikings, Green Bulldogs


Jackson High School is ranked 37th within Ohio, and 995th nationally as of 2018.[4] Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® course work and exams. The AP® participation rate at Jackson High School is 52 percent, and the exam participation rate is 78%. At the state level, 88% of students receive advanced or accelerated on their state proficiency tests. The school has a history of sending its top students to Ivy League and other top schools.


Jackson High School is a founding member school of the Federal League, a high school athletic conference in Ohio. Jackson won the 2010 Basketball State Championship over Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller, and won their first Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) title. Jackson won the 2014 Baseball State Championship, defeating North Royalton 5-1 in the title game. The Polar Bears won their second OHSAA boys basketball state title (and the school's third overall OHSAA state championship) in 2017, again defeating Moeller, 39-38. Later in 2017, Jackson won their second OHSAA baseball state title, defeating Strongsville in the championship game by a score of 8-2.

Music departmentEdit

The Jackson Marching Band produces a show yearly (along with one black light half time show).[citation needed] The band has marched in the Tournament of Roses Parade (1982 and 1998), Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (1999), Cotton Bowl Parade, Orange Bowl Parade (1992), Fiesta Bowl Parade and pre-game (1994), and Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade (1987, 1991, 1995 and 1998). The band has also traveled to Hawaii, Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, and Phoenix, Arizona. In 2009 the Marching Band traveled to New Orleans to play in the Sugar Bowl half time show. In 2012, the band traveled to Orlando to play in the Disney Thanksgiving Day Parade. In March 2014 the band successfully traveled to China. While in China the band performed on the Great Wall of China, along with sightseeing, the band visited their sister school in Jiaozhou, Qingdao. The band performed in a grand concert tour with their sister school. The band department has four bands, a Freshman band, two concert bands, and Symphony band. All four bands participate in competitions sponsored by the Ohio Music Educators Association[citation needed]. In 2018, the band took a trip to Ireland and marched in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Ireland.

The choral department has six choirs, which compete in competitions sponsored by the Ohio Music Educators Association[citation needed]. Jackson's show choir, the Jacks-N-Jills, performs throughout the region. The Choral Department puts on the school's annual musical production and the choir takes a semi-annual trip to Pennsylvania and New York City.

Art departmentEdit

Jackson High School has the largest high school arts program in Stark County, called JSA (Jackson School for the Arts). Students are accepted into the arts school as freshmen and sometimes sophomores and follow the program until senior year. In the school of the arts students must meet GPA requirements, audition for dance classes and participate in technical and performing areas. Students in JSA begin their day an hour before other students to fit in more classes and thus have more time to be in more arts courses as well as the required core classes. In their senior year, students are also required to complete an internship in a field relating to their area of concentration.[5]

Other distinctionsEdit

In 2006, Jackson High School was rated "academically excellent" by the Ohio State Board of Education, scoring 110 and meeting 12 of 12 academic achievement indicators. The Jackson Local School district scored 106.9, making it the highest scoring public school district in Stark and several surrounding counties. In 2005 and 2006, Jackson High School was named to Newsweek's list of the top 1,000 schools in America.[6] In 2010, Jackson High School received recognition as a "National Blue Ribbon School". In 2015, Jackson High School was ranked as the 33rd best public high school in the state of Ohio.[7] US News also ranked Jackson High School as the 870th best public high school in the nation for 2015.[7]

Jackson also boasts a speech and debate program, where students can be a part of the National Forensics League. The team won state championships in the Ohio High School Speech League's 2010, 2012, and 2017 tournaments.[8]

Notable alumni of Jackson High School include: Carlin Isles, Mark Kozelek.


  1. ^ "Jackson High School Administration". Jackson Township, Ohio. Retrieved April 14, 2011.
  2. ^ U.S. News & World Report. "Jackson High School". Retrieved 2017-07-16.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-01. Retrieved 2009-02-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Jackson High School Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. 2018. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-23. Retrieved 2012-09-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-29. Retrieved 2013-04-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ a b "Ranking". usnews.com. Retrieved 2019-09-28.
  8. ^ "Learn Mockito: Best Mockito courses, tutorials & books 2019". https://reactdom.com/. External link in |website= (help)

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