Washington High School
Massillon, Ohio

Rev. James Lawson ('46)

This past spring, our nation lost a civil rights veteran and US Congressman in John Lewis. One of the speakers at his nationally televised funeral service was the Reverend James Lawson from the Class of 1946. Rev. Lawson speech was so powerful it was mentioned on the national newscasts later that same evening. Rev. Lawson also mention in his eulogy growing up in Massillon. He is a WHS...

A WHS Legend Retires

Longtime WHS Art teacher Eric Myers (’77) has hung up his pallet and brushes. Much more than being a faculty member, Eric was the heart of the “Struts & Frets” Drama Club and a master of the stage electronics, sound and lighting assisting in choir, band and drama club presentations for decades. He recently updated the pictures of the “Struts & Frets Drama” club Hall of Fame...

The Live "Obie" Tiger Mascot

Started in 1970, the tradition of having a live tiger at the football games has been a cherished addition to the pageantry here. For many years, their caretakers were the Wilbur Arnold (‘48) and Ed Annen families and of late, for many years, Bob (’54) and Elizabeth Weisgarber (’57) Hollender have looked after Massillon’s number one pet. For the last several years it has become a legally...

Band Directors get 4-Star Rings

Initiated by the “Swing Band” originator George Bird back in the Spring of 1941, band members that successfully completed three full years of participation and remained in good-standing with the program were awarded a “3-Star” ring upon graduation. It is not known or now remembered if the band mothers club gave him his ring or if Mr. Bird “awarded” himself a 3-Star ring, but he did...

Massillon Tigers Hit 900 Wins

In just over ten seasons, the Massillon Tigers have won 100 more games to become the first Ohio high school to reach the plateau of 900 wins and only the fourth nation-wide. A 35-0 win over Columbus Bishop Sycamore in game two put them there. The 2020 football season in Ohio has been a truncated one to six games and everyone that wished could enter the Ohio High School Athletic Association...
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