Washington High School
Massillon, Ohio

65 Years Ago - In Life Magazine

The weekend of October 29, 1955 was recorded in both football and collegiate hotbeds of football across the country. That weekend LIFE magazine came to Massillon and recorded our game festivities for that night’s invasion of Warren. The “Football Takes Over All Over” article for their November 7, 1955 issue featured a huge 2-page picture of our band, majorettes and cheerleaders on Lincoln...
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In the Shoes of Myron McKelvey ('33)

We highlighted last year that we had a drum major here at WHS who a had been a fan favorite and that he had transferred to here from Canton McKinley to be our drum major for his junior and senior years. Well now Keaton Gibbs (’19) has been accepted into The Ohio State University Marching Band’s vaunted “D-Row” which serves as a training spot for possible future band drum majors. We wish...
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WHS Alumni Spotlight - Kyle James

Kyle James Class of 2012 How did you use your WHS Alumni Scholarship? I took my WHS Alumni Scholarship to Ithaca College in upstate New York where I graduated with two degrees: a B.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications and a B.A. in Sports Studies. I was involved in many student organizations on campus and won a Campus Life Award my senior year, which was given to the top 10 students who...
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More of "Old WHS" Demolished

…and the walls came tumbling down. Well, it may not have been a trumpet blasting away, but many alumni exchanged stories and memories on social media as most of what was left of the old high school building was razed this summer. What was left of the cafeteria and some of the vocational lab shops on the south side and the east wing that housed Biology, English and some History classes in...
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A Letcavits Roams the Gridiron!

The late coach and WHS grad Jim Letcavits (’54) and his family have left their mark on the Massillon schools in so many ways, but this year another chapter was written when his granddaughter, Grace Muzi, donned the “Obie the Tiger” costume as part of this year’s Tiger Swing Band. Grace is the daughter of Tim (’77) and Kristi Letcavits (’83) Muzi and of course, granddaughter of Nancy...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Stand Up for Rob Partridge

On May 21, 2018, the life of former Massillon Tiger quarterback Robert Partridge changed forever. On his way home in Bloomington, Indiana, Rob was in a motor vehicle accident.  His car tumbled end over end off the road. When it landed, Rob couldn't feel his legs. He was a quadraplegic. In true Tiger spirit, Rob is fighting to beat his spinal cord injury. He is working hard so that he may...
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