Midland High School (Midland, Michigan)

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Midland High School
Chemic Pride...A Very Special Tradition
Address
1301 Eastlawn Drive,
Midland, Michigan, 48642
United States
Coordinates43°37′13.69″N 84°12′45.29″W / 43.6204694°N 84.2125806°W / 43.6204694; -84.2125806Coordinates: 43°37′13.69″N 84°12′45.29″W / 43.6204694°N 84.2125806°W / 43.6204694; -84.2125806
Information
TypePublic High School
Established1872
School districtMidland Public Schools
SuperintendentCarl R. Ellinger
PrincipalJanet Greif
Vice principalBob Scurfield
Kandis Prichett
Faculty200
Grades9, 10, 11 & 12
Enrollment1,800 (2005 est.)
Hours in school day7:40 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.
Campus size25 acres (10 ha)
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)Blue & Gold
         
NicknameChemics
RivalHerbert Henry Dow High School (Midland, Michigan)
Information+1 989-923-5181
Website
 
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Midland High School
Chemic Pride...A Very Special Tradition
Address
1301 Eastlawn Drive,
Midland, Michigan, 48642
United States
Coordinates43°37′13.69″N 84°12′45.29″W / 43.6204694°N 84.2125806°W / 43.6204694; -84.2125806Coordinates: 43°37′13.69″N 84°12′45.29″W / 43.6204694°N 84.2125806°W / 43.6204694; -84.2125806
Information
TypePublic High School
Established1872
School districtMidland Public Schools
SuperintendentCarl R. Ellinger
PrincipalJanet Greif
Vice principalBob Scurfield
Kandis Prichett
Faculty200
Grades9, 10, 11 & 12
Enrollment1,800 (2005 est.)
Hours in school day7:40 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.
Campus size25 acres (10 ha)
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)Blue & Gold
         
NicknameChemics
RivalHerbert Henry Dow High School (Midland, Michigan)
Information+1 989-923-5181
Website

Midland High School is a three-story public high school located in Midland, Michigan. It is the older of two high schools in the Midland Public Schools district, and a member of the Saginaw Valley High School Association.

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History

IB Diploma

Both High Schools in Midland participate in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, the most widely recognized pre-university educational program. The challenging academic regimen is especially useful for students planning to study abroad and college admissions officers view the IB Diploma very favorably.

Midland High School

Activities

Midland High School provides its students with a wide array of extracurricular activities. Among them:

Midland High School athletic logo

Athletics

The school's athletic director is Eric Albright, also History teacher for upper classmen and Chemic's varsity baseball coach.

Football: Midland High boasts an excellent football program, coached by Eric Methner, along with Assistants Matt Rapanos, Matthew Starling, Pete Welter, Brad Blasy. Rapanos, Starling, and Blasy are all graduates of Midland High. The Chemics have posted consecutive winning seasons for the past 35 years (since 1976), the second longest streak in the history of the state of Michigan. Midland High has also earned eight consecutive playoff berths, and 20 overall since 1983. Since 1950, Midland High has had only 5 losing seasons. The annual Midland High vs. Dow High game is considered one of the biggest high school football games in the state of Michigan, generally drawing around 10,000 spectators. Midland has dominated the series with a 31-10 overall record. The Chemics have two state championships (1957 and 1968), and have made it to the state championship game three times since then (1990, 1993, 2007).

Wrestling: The Chemic wrestling team has won three straight district championships and the school's very first regional championship in 2009.[1] In the first round of the 2008 regional the Chemics were matched up with Davison and lost, a reversal of the 2007 football regional with MHS beating Davison.[2] The 2009 wrestling regional was again a match-up between MHS and Davison. The Chemics win was in turn a reversal of the 2008 football regional with Davison beating the Chemics.[3] The Chemic wrestlers lost 51-12 to Holt High School in the quarterfinal matchup on March 6, 2009 putting an end to their season.[4]

Midland Community Stadium, located on the west end of the MHS campus, was renovated in 2004 with AstroTurf XPe and is the home field of the Chemics' football, track & field and soccer teams. The stadium is also shared with Dow High School as their home field.

 

Fall sports

  • Football
  • Volleyball
  • Girls Swimming/Diving
  • Boys Cross Country
  • Girls Cross Country
  • Pom-Pon great job at state championship
  • Cheer
  • Boys Soccer
  • Boys Tennis
  • Girls Golf
  • Gymnastics**
 

Winter sports

  • Wrestling
  • Boys Basketball
  • Girls Basketball
  • Boys Swimming/Diving
  • Pom-Pon
  • Competitive Cheer
  • Hockey
  • Gymnastics**
 

Spring sports

  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Boys Track & Field
  • Girls Track & Field
  • Boys Golf
  • Girls Tennis
  • Girls Soccer

**Recently cut as a sport due to district budget cuts along with various freshman teams.

Newspaper

Midland High School's journalism curriculum publishes a monthly tabloid newspaper called Focus. The newspaper is run by the school's Advanced Journalism class, run by advisor Jim Woehrle. It typically runs between 16 and 20 pages, including a color front page as well as a center spread. The paper is a member of the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association out of Michigan State University.

Awards: Focus has been awarded the Newspaper Spartan Award, recognizing outstanding school newspapers in the state of Michigan 19 times in the last 20 years. It has also been nominated for, and has won, the National Scholastic Press Association's National Pacemaker Award, most recently in 2007.[6]

School Fight Song

Lyric by Ted Nicholson
Music ("The Rangers Song") by Harry Tierney (originally written for the 1927 Broadway musical Rio Rita)

Sign in front of main entrance

We'll all stick together
Old MCHS* in all kinds of weather;
We're friends, not foes
With luck it goes
We'll fight for the right with all our might;
We'll not show white feather.
Our team has the old pep;
We're marching onward step by step.
The blue and gold will have no fear,
We're always ready to cheer and cheer
For dear old Midland High.

*MCHS is short for Midland Community High School, a previous name for the school.

Alma Mater

Here's to dear old Midland High
Here's to the blue and gold
Oh may we always treasure
All the standards we uphold
Yes here's to dear old Midland high
We raise our voice in song
To tell the people far and near
To Midland we belong

Chemic Traditions

Notable alumni

References

External links