Pickerington High School Central

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Pickerington High School Central
A clover leaf shaped building is seen from the air with tennis courts on one side and ball diamonds on the other.
Pickerington High School Central
Address
300 Opportunity Way
Pickerington, Ohio, (Fairfield County), 43147
United States
Coordinates39°52′34″N 82°45′20″W / 39.87611°N 82.75556°W / 39.87611; -82.75556Coordinates: 39°52′34″N 82°45′20″W / 39.87611°N 82.75556°W / 39.87611; -82.75556
Information
TypePublic, Coeducational high school
Established1940
School districtPickerington Local School District
SuperintendentValerie Browning-Thompson
PrincipalStacy Tennenbaum[1]
Asst. PrincipalEric Koch, Jim Campbell, Tony Tucker, Patty Morgan
Faculty90
Grades9-12
Enrollment1,281 (2012)
Color(s)Purple and White [1]         
Athletics conferenceOhio Capital Conference[1]
Team nameTigers[1]
YearbookPicktonian
Athletic DirectorScott Barrett[1]
RivalsPickerington High School North, Reynoldsburg High School, and Lancaster High School
Website
 
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Pickerington High School Central
A clover leaf shaped building is seen from the air with tennis courts on one side and ball diamonds on the other.
Pickerington High School Central
Address
300 Opportunity Way
Pickerington, Ohio, (Fairfield County), 43147
United States
Coordinates39°52′34″N 82°45′20″W / 39.87611°N 82.75556°W / 39.87611; -82.75556Coordinates: 39°52′34″N 82°45′20″W / 39.87611°N 82.75556°W / 39.87611; -82.75556
Information
TypePublic, Coeducational high school
Established1940
School districtPickerington Local School District
SuperintendentValerie Browning-Thompson
PrincipalStacy Tennenbaum[1]
Asst. PrincipalEric Koch, Jim Campbell, Tony Tucker, Patty Morgan
Faculty90
Grades9-12
Enrollment1,281 (2012)
Color(s)Purple and White [1]         
Athletics conferenceOhio Capital Conference[1]
Team nameTigers[1]
YearbookPicktonian
Athletic DirectorScott Barrett[1]
RivalsPickerington High School North, Reynoldsburg High School, and Lancaster High School
Website

Pickerington High School Central is a public high school in Pickerington, Ohio. It is one of two high schools in the Pickerington Local School District. Their nickname is the Tigers. Prior to the opening of Pickerington High School North, it was known simply as "Pickerington High School". Pickerington High School Central was known as Violet Township High School from 1906 to 1939 and as Pickerington High School from 1940 to 2003 before being renamed as its current title as Pickerington High School Central. Before that time there were many schools in the Pickerington/Violet Township area, including the Pickerington School (c.1883), a two-story, two room school that was built to replace the original building, which now houses Heritage Elementary.

Pickerington Ridgeview Junior High School[edit]

RJHS is located at 130 Hill Road South and houses 7th and 8th grade. Ridgeview Junior High, formerly Pickerington Junior High, and before that, Pickerington High School. The school was built in 1964 to replace the building that currently houses Heritage Elementary, the former Pickerington High School, which was built in Pickerington in 1907. Ridgeview is home to Tiger Stadium, which houses both the football field and track. The annual Pickerington Jr. High Track Invitational is held at RJHS.

Athletics[edit]

Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships[edit]

Ohio High School Athletic Association State Runners-Up[edit]

USA Today National Championships[edit]

Football Rivalries[edit]

Pickerington Central athletic logo

The Battle of 256: Pickerington High School (Central) and Reynoldsburg High School have one of the longest continuing rivalries in Central Ohio. The schools have met since the 1970s, and have faced off in football every year since 1981. The Tigers have won 19 of the last 23 games. In 2005, sponsored by the local Wal-Mart, the Reynoldsburg/Pickerington game became known as the "Battle of 256", as Pickerington and Reynoldsburg are the largest cities to sit on Ohio State Route 256. A large metal football shaped trophy is awarded to the winning school each year. Reynoldsburg High School has not defeated Pickerington High School (Central) since 2001.

Football: Central vs Reynoldsburg (1981 to 2014)
#DateWinnerScoreLoserScoreSeriesLocation
11981Reynoldsburg22Pickerington21RHS 1–0N/A
21982Reynoldsburg19Pickerington7RHS 2–0N/A
31983Reynoldsburg13Pickerington10RHS 3–0Reynoldsburg
41985Reynoldsburg20Pickerington12RHS 4–0N/A
51986PickeringtonN/AReynoldsburgN/ARHS 4–1N/A
61987Pickerington17Reynoldsburg7RHS 4-2N/A
71988Reynoldsburg6Pickerington3RHS 5-2N/A
81996Pickerington22Reynoldsburg2RHS 5-3Pickerington
91997ReynoldsburgN/APickeringtonN/ARHS 6-3N/A
101998Reynoldsburg33Pickerington29RHS 7-3N/A
112000Pickerington21Pickerington11RHS 7-4N/A
122001Reynoldsburg30Pickerington14RHS 8-4Columbus (Crew Stadium)
132002Pickerington21Reynoldsburg7RHS 8-5Reynoldsburg
142003Central45Reynoldsburg20RHS 8-6Columbus (Crew Stadium)
152004Central29Reynoldsburg12RHS 8-7Columbus (Crew Stadium)
162005Central28Reynoldsburg7Tied 8-8Pickerington
172006Central34Reynoldsburg0Central 9-8Reynoldsburg
182007Central14Reynoldsburg7Central 10-8Pickerington
192008Central28Reynoldsburg0Central 11-8Reynoldsburg
202009Central27Reynoldsburg7Central 12-8Pickerington
212010Central45Reynoldsburg0Central 13-8Reynoldsburg
222011Central42Reynoldsburg14Central 14-8Pickerington
232012Central21Reynoldsburg20Central 15-8Reynoldsburg
242013Central28Reynoldsburg17Central 16-8Pickerington
252014Central23Reynoldsburg13Central 17-8Reynoldsburg

Pickerington High School/Lancaster High School: The annual game between Pickerington Central and Lancaster High School is sometimes referred to as the "Fight for Fairfield County". This game is between the two largest cities and schools in Fairfield County. Pickerington Central defeated Lancaster for the first time in a number of years during the 2007 season. During the 2007 season PHSC beat Lancaster twice, once during the regular season and once during the first OHSAA playoff game. Central beat Lancaster for the third time in a row during the 2008 season, 31–0.

Football: Central vs Lancaster (1993 to 2014)
#DateWinnerScoreLoserScoreSeriesLocation
11993Lancaster10Pickerington9LHS 1–0N/A
21994Lancaster14Pickerington0LHS 2–0N/A
31996Lancaster14Pickerington0LHS 3–0N/A
41998Pickerington42Lancaster23LHS 3-1N/A
52000Pickerington42Lancaster6LHS 3-2Lancaster
62001Pickerington28Lancaster21Tied 3-3N/A
72002Pickerington21Lancaster7PHS 4–3Pickerington
82003Lancaster28Central21Tied 4-4Lancaster
92004Lancaster49Central22LHS 5-4Lancaster
102005Lancaster35Central28LHS 6–4Pickerington
112006Lancaster24Central10LHS 7–4Lancaster
122007Central24Lancaster13LHS 7–5Pickerington
132007Central21Lancaster7LHS 7–6Pickerington
142008Central31Lancaster0Tied 7–7Pickerington
152009Lancaster28Central17LHS 8–7Lancaster
162010Central26Lancaster0Tied 8–8Pickerington
172011Central21Lancaster0Central 9–8Lancaster
182012Central14Lancaster10Central 10–8Pickerington
192013Central27Lancaster12Central 11–8Lancaster
202014Central27Lancaster12Central 12–8Pickerington
PHSC/PHSN Victory Bell

PHSC vs. PHSN: Pickerington High School North opened for the 2003–04 school year. In 2008, Central and North faced off in football for the first time at Crew Stadium. Addidas sponsored a trophy to commemorate this new rivalry. Nearly 15,000 people attended the game. The Purple and Black trophy supports a Victory Bell. The inaugural bell was awarded to Pickerington High School Central for their 38–7 victory over Pickerington High School North. It is now currently at North.

Football: PHSC vs PHSN (2008 to 2014)
#DateWinnerScoreLoserScoreSeriesLocation
12008Central38North7Central 1–0Columbus (Crew Stadium)
22009Central7North6Central 2–0Columbus (Crew Stadium)
32009Central14North12Central 3–0Pickerington (Tiger Stadium)
42010Central42North0Central 4–0Pickerington (Panther Stadium)
52011Central24North21Central 5–0Pickerington (Tiger Stadium)
62012North37Central0Central 5–1Pickerington (Tiger Stadium)
72012North24Central0Central 5–2Pickerington (Panther Stadium)
82013North49Central14Central 5–3Pickerington (Panther Stadium)
92014Central30North23Central 6-3Pickerington (Tiger Stadium)

Pickerington High School Central Marching Tiger Band[edit]

The Tiger Band in the 2002–03 Fiesta Bowl Parade

The Pickerington High School Central Marching Tiger Band has been one of the most active and successful bands in the Midwest since 1986. The group consists of approximately 319 students (as of 2013).[4]

The band has competed in the Ohio Music Education Association's State Marching Band Competition for 26 of the past 27 years, consistently reaching the finals, and earning the state's highest honor, a Superior rating, for 19 consecutive years (as of 2007).

The band has marched in over 15 nationally televised parades, including four appearances in the Rose Parade and four appearances in Macy's Parade. The band has performed for three presidents and performed at 16 NFL halftime shows.

Parades[edit]

The band was Grand Champion of the 1994 Miss America Parade, and led the 2001 Macy's Parade and the 25th Anniversary of the Vietnam Wall Parade. They placed third overall in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl Band Championship, and fifth in the 1999 Fiesta Bowl.

The band has had professional football game appearances with the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, and Philadelphia Eagles.

Other performances include rallies for Senator John McCain (2008), Barack Obama (2008) President George W. Bush at the Nationwide Arena, President Ronald Reagan, President George H. W. Bush, Vice-President James Danforth "Dan" Quayle, Senator Robert Dole, Governor George Voinovich and Mrs. Voinivich, Ohio Democratic Party Election reception, the Boy Scout National Council Meeting featuring Paul Harvey, OSU Skull session before the 2002 Washington State game, 2005 Northwestern game and the 2008 and 2012 Michigan Games, and the Columbus Dispatch OSU vs. Michigan Wigwam Pep Rally.

When the PHSC Tiger Band and PHSN Panther Band combined for the final time in 2006, for the 117th Tournament of Roses Parade, the band had over 380 members. Both bands continue to grow.

External links[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Archived from the original on November 25, 2010. Retrieved February 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved December 31, 2006. 
  3. ^ "USA Today Super 25 1999–2000". December 16, 2001. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  4. ^ http://www.pickeringtoncentralmarchingtigers.com