Tecumseh High School (New Carlisle, Ohio)

Tecumseh High School is a public high school near New Carlisle, Ohio. The school and district are named in honor of Tecumseh, a chief of the Shawnee people who lived in the general area between approximately 1768 and 1813.

Tecumseh High School
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9830 West National Road

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United States
Coordinates39°54′46″N 83°59′47″W / 39.912713°N 83.996505°W / 39.912713; -83.996505Coordinates: 39°54′46″N 83°59′47″W / 39.912713°N 83.996505°W / 39.912713; -83.996505
TypePublic, Coeducational high school
EstablishedMarch 1, 1952 (1952-03-01)
School districtTecumseh Local Schools
SuperintendentPaula Crew
PrincipalAaron Oaks
Teaching staff53.00 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment878 (2017-18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio16.57[1]
Color(s)Red and Black[2]         
SongHail Tecumseh High
Fight songOn Arrows! (Same tune as the University of Iowa's fight song On Iowa but with different lyrics)
Athletics conferenceCentral Buckeye Conference[2]
Team nameArrows[2]
YearbookThe Trail
Board of EducationCorrine Scott President

Sue Anne Martin Vice President

Johanna Brents

Peter Scarff

Suzanne Slagell
Athletic DirectorCraig Eier[citation needed]

Area servedEdit

Tecumseh is the only high school in the Tecumseh Local Schools district (renamed from New Carlisle–Bethel Local Schools in 1989). The district encompasses all but the northeast corner of Bethel Township of Clark County, plus the southwestern corner of Pike Township of Clark County and part of the eastern side of Bethel Township of Miami County.[3][4][5] The school thereby serves residents of the city of New Carlisle, the village of Donnelsville, the unincorporated communities of Medway, Park Layne, and Crystal Lakes, plus adjacent rural land.

Mission statementEdit

According to the district web site, “The mission of Tecumseh High School is to provide diverse educational opportunities for students from all backgrounds and with all levels of ability. Tecumseh High School, in partnership with the community, strives to provide a safe, challenging learning environment to help each student become a responsible, well-rounded lifelong learner in an ever-changing technological society.″


Olive Branch High School

In March 1952, Tecumseh High School's initial construction was completed. The high school replaced New Carlisle High School (in the city of New Carlisle proper since 1921), and Olive Branch High School. In 1969 an expansion was built and contained more classrooms, auditorium, and a second gymnasium.

At the end of the 1980–1981 school year neighboring Oscar T. Hawke elementary school closed and the building became part of the Tecumseh High School campus at the beginning of the 1981–1982 school year. This was part of a major re-organization of the school district which included the closing of McAdams Elementary, and New Carlisle Elementary which had occupied the original New Carlisle High School. Also at that time ninth grade was moved from the junior high schools to the high school creating a four-year high school program. Additionally, sixth grade was moved from the elementary schools to the junior high buildings and the junior highs were changed to the middle school format of sixth, seventh, and eighth grades.

In late May 1989 a mild tornado flew over the school and did some roof damage to the Hawke building. This caused school to be closed for one day and finals for the classes housed in that building had to be moved to the main school building.

In the mid-2000s, all Tecumseh district schools were completely rebuilt. In 2007, as part of this project, the high school's old buildings, with the exception of the field house and auditorium, were demolished and replaced with new facilities.


(The new school building.)


Tecumseh High School belongs to the Ohio High School Athletic Association. The school's sports teams are named the Arrows.

State championshipsEdit

  • Boys basketball – 1940 OHSAA Class A champions (as New Carlisle High School)[6]

Air Force Junior ROTCEdit

In the fall of 1988 Aerospace Science was added to the curriculum in the form of Air Force Junior Reserve Office Training Corps. The unit designation is OH-881. (OH for Ohio, 88 for the year, and 1 because it was the first and only unit created in the state that year)

Wesley R. Williams, Staff Sergeant, United States Army, became the first alumnus of the school's JROTC program to be killed in combat on December 10, 2012. He died in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, under control of the 7th Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.[7] Williams was a member of the Tecumseh Class of 2005 and left behind a wife, a one-year-old daughter, and an unborn child.[8]

Marching BandEdit

Since 2009, the Tecumseh Marching Arrows have gone through three directors.

Before the summer of 2012 Brian Martin served as marching band director.[citation needed]

From the fall 2012 season until the summer of 2014 Patrick Woods served as director of the marching band. The band qualified for OMEA State competition in 2012 and 2014.[citation needed]

For the 2015 season Melissa Willardson became director. The band qualified for OMEA 2015 State Marching Band competition.[citation needed]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ a b c Techumseh High School
  2. ^ a b c "Tecumseh High School". Columbus, Ohio: Ohio High School Athlecitc Association. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  3. ^ "2007 school district & township map of Miami County" (PDF). Ohio Public Utilities Commission. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-02-20. Retrieved 2009-07-06.
  4. ^ "2007 school district & township map of Clark County" (PDF). Ohio Public Utilities Commission. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-18. Retrieved 2009-07-06.
  5. ^ "Bethel Township: Schools". Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2009-07-06.
  6. ^ "OHSAA Team State Champion Database" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-10-08.
  7. ^ "DOD Identifies Army Casualty No. 970-12". United States Department of Defense. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  8. ^ Andrew, McGinn (12 December 2012). "Local soldier will be buried in Arlington". Dayton Daily News. Dayton, Ohio: Cox Media Group. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
  9. ^ "Wayne Embry on Basketball-reference.com". Sports Reference LLC.
  10. ^ Grasso, John (2010). Historical Dictionary of Basketball (Google eBook). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press. p. 127. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  11. ^ "Wayne Embry on the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame". 2006.

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