Ravenna High School (Ohio)

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Ravenna High School
Ravenna High new 1.jpg
Address
6589 North Chestnut Street
Ravenna, Ohio, 44266
United States
Coordinates41°10′14″N 81°14′48″W / 41.17056°N 81.24667°W / 41.17056; -81.24667
Information
School typePublic, secondary school
Founded1858
School districtRavenna School District
PrincipalLorie Marozzi
Assistant principalsBeth Coleman
Jon Lane
Grades9–12
Enrollment874[1] (2009)
LanguageEnglish
CampusSuburban
Color(s)Blue, White, Red
              
Athletics conferencePortage Trail Conference
Metro Division
MascotRaven
RivalKent Roosevelt Rough Riders
AccreditationOhio Department of Education
NewspaperRavenna High Times
YearbookTatler
Communities servedRavenna and Ravenna Township
DistinctionsOhio Dept. of Education Effective rating- 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009[1]
Website
 
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Ravenna High School
Ravenna High new 1.jpg
Address
6589 North Chestnut Street
Ravenna, Ohio, 44266
United States
Coordinates41°10′14″N 81°14′48″W / 41.17056°N 81.24667°W / 41.17056; -81.24667
Information
School typePublic, secondary school
Founded1858
School districtRavenna School District
PrincipalLorie Marozzi
Assistant principalsBeth Coleman
Jon Lane
Grades9–12
Enrollment874[1] (2009)
LanguageEnglish
CampusSuburban
Color(s)Blue, White, Red
              
Athletics conferencePortage Trail Conference
Metro Division
MascotRaven
RivalKent Roosevelt Rough Riders
AccreditationOhio Department of Education
NewspaperRavenna High Times
YearbookTatler
Communities servedRavenna and Ravenna Township
DistinctionsOhio Dept. of Education Effective rating- 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009[1]
Website

Ravenna High School a public high school located in Ravenna, Ohio, USA. It is the only high school in the Ravenna School District and serves students primarily in Ravenna and Ravenna Township. The school's colors are blue, white, and red and its athletic teams are known as the Ravens.

History[edit]

The previous home of Ravenna High School from 1923–2010. It was demolished in 2013.

Ravenna High School was established in 1858, first meeting in a grocery store along West Main Street before moving to the new Union School building on Chestnut Street after it opened in December 1859. The first graduating class from the school was in 1862 and included two students.[2] The Union School building would serve as home to all grades in the Ravenna City Schools until enrollment growth necessitated the construction of a new high school building. The next building, which stood on what is now Highland Avenue, opened in 1883 with an addition built in 1910. The addition still stands as is known as Walnut School, though it is no longer used as a school. The next home of Ravenna High School, located at the intersection of Clinton Street and East Main Street, opened in August 1923 after an August 1921 groundbreaking. It initially contained 28 classrooms, an auditorium, and a gymnasium.[3] Additions were added to the building first in 1958-1959 with the Coll Annex on the north side and later in the late 1960s with Whittaker Hall on the south side of the building.[4] In 1960, Ravenna Township High School was merged with Ravenna High School. Prior to that time, Ravenna High School was often referred to as "Ravenna City High School" to distinguish it from the township school.[5]

The new building under construction in September 2009 with the Coll Gymnasium in center.

In 2006 voters approved a bond issue to fund construction of a new high school with assistance from the state of Ohio. The building was built adjacent to the district's existing athletic facilities on North Chestnut Street and was completed in August 2010. The previous Ravenna High School building at corner of Main Street and Clinton Street was put up for sale in 2010. It was unseccussfully auctioned off along with remaining contents inside in April 2011. Because the state funded a majority of the new high school project, the building it replaced must be sold or demolished and cannot be used for a public school.[4] On November 22, 2011, it was publicly announced following a board vote that the old high school would be demolished. The site is planned to be redeveloped once demolition is completed. Historic and nostalgic items from the school were removed with some being moved to the new high school. The new school's competition gym was renamed the James L. Coll Gymnasium while the field house gym was renamed the James A. Whittaker Field House. Preparing the inside of the old school building for demolition and asbestos removal took place during the summer of 2012. Demolition of the old Ravenna High School began on October 16, 2012 and lasted until March 2013.

Campus and facilities[edit]

The Ravenna High school building contains 158,000 square feet (14,700 m2) of space and includes the main gym, auxiliary field house gym, auditorium, cafeteria, and around 45 classrooms. The main gym has retractable bleacher seating for 1,125 and the auditorium has seating for 600 with 300 additional retractable seats that can expand into space in the cafeteria. The field house gym includes a rubberized surface which has two full-size basketball courts and an elevated walking track. The building also has two courtyards that separate the three academic sections of the building which are used for natural lighting and can also be used for outdoor teaching space. The building was dedicated August 28, 2010.[6]

The campus is 69 acres (28 ha) and located in northern Ravenna along North Chestnut Street. The district first purchased the land in 1973 but nothing was built at the site until 1999 when athletic facilities were constructed, funded mainly by private donations and the sale of personal seat licenses.[6][7][8] Prior to that time, outdoor sports were held at the old Gilcrest Stadium and various locations throughout the area. The campus includes Portage Community Bank Stadium which has a seating capacity of 5,000 and features an eight-lane all-weather running track and artificial playing surface. The stadium, one of the first in Ohio to have FieldTurf, became one of the first in the country to have a non-traditional field color when blue turf was installed in 2013 instead of the traditional green.[9] A baseball field, softball field, eight tennis courts, and a cross country course are also on campus.[10]

Athletics[edit]

State championships[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ravenna High School 2008-2009 School Year Report Card". Ohio Department of Education School Building Reports. Ohio Department of Education. 2009. Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Sapp, Alva (1929). "History of Ravenna High School". The Transcript. Ravenna High School Class of 1929. p. 91. 
  3. ^ Di Paolo, Roger (19 February 2006). "A tale of three high schools". Record-Courier. 
  4. ^ a b McEwen, Colin (31 January 2010). "What's next for 'old' Ravenna High?". Record-Courier. 
  5. ^ Harris, Colin (4 August 2009). "Ravenna merger ushered new era in sports". Record-Courier. 
  6. ^ a b Ravenna High School Dedication Program. Ravenna School District. 2010. 
  7. ^ "Data For Parcel 31-315-00-00-008-000". Portage County Auditor website. April 22, 2011. Retrieved April 24, 2011. 
  8. ^ Deeley, Heather (7 November 1998). "Alumni bid goodbye to Gilcrest Stadium". Record-Courier. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  9. ^ Noga, Joe (August 6, 2013). "Ravenna High's stadium set to 'go blue' with unique field color". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  10. ^ Smith, Jennifer L. (27 October 1998). "Sports field price jumps in Ravenna". Record-Courier. Retrieved 30 August 2010. 
  11. ^ OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved 2006-12-31. 
  12. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Wrestling". Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  13. ^ "Ravenna WWII hero Colonel Bill Bower, 'Doolittle Raider,' dies". Record-Courier. 2011-01-12. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  14. ^ "Supreme Court Justice William Rufus Day". Raven Hall of Fame. Reed Memorial Library. 1989. Retrieved 24 March 2009. [dead link]
  15. ^ "Peggy King Rodofker". Raven Hall of Fame. Reed Memorial Library. 1994. Retrieved 24 March 2009. [dead link]
  16. ^ "Don "Knotts" Nottingham". Raven Hall of Fame. Reed Memorial Library. 1997. Retrieved 24 March 2009. [dead link]
  17. ^ "Jeffery H. West". Raven Hall of Fame. Reed Memorial Library. 1997. Retrieved 3 August 2009. [dead link]

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