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Washington High School
1 Paul E. Brown Drive S.E.
Massillon, Ohio, 44646-3407
Coordinates 40°47′34″N 81°30′10″W / 40.792678, -81.502912
Type Public high school
Principal Brad Warner
Assistant principals Jamey Palma
Renee' DeLong-Parr
Chicola Whitfield
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,249[1]  (2009)
Language English
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Orange and Black
Team name Tigers
Rival Canton McKinley Bulldogs
Accreditation(s) Ohio Department of Education
North Central Association of Schools and Colleges
Average SAT scores 1008 (mean)[1]
Average ACT scores 20 (mean)[1]
Communities served Massillon

Washington High School, commonly referred to as Massillon High School or Massillon Washington High School, is a 9th to 12th grade secondary school within the Massillon City School District in the city of Massillon, Ohio, United States. It serves students within the city of Massillon as well as parts of Tuscarawas Township.

The school colors are orange and black, and the school's athletic teams are known as the Massillon Tigers.


Washington High School provides programs including college readiness and vocational technical careers. Developing Resources for Education and Athletics in Massillon (D.R.E.A.M) is a collaborative effort through the Paul & Carol David Foundation, Massillon schools, Walsh University and the Aultman Health Foundation and provides students interested in a career in sports medicine to earn college credits in high school.


Washington High School was constructed in 1992 adjacent to Paul Brown Tiger Stadium on the city's east side, replacing the original school located downtown that had been built in 1912.


Football came to Massillon in 1894 with the first high school game between Massillon High School and Canton Central High School. In the early years, the players consisted of working boys because most boys did not attend high school. By 1904 more boys began attending school past 8th grade. 1909 was Massillon's first undefeated football team. From 1910-1920 high school football in Massillon grew and improved, and by 1916 they were named the Scholastic Champions of Ohio.[2] The school mascot, the Tiger, was adopted from the city's former professional football team known as the Massillon Tigers.

Paul Brown, a 1925 graduate of Washington High School, returned to Massillon in 1932 to begin his renowned coaching career. In his nine years at Massillon, Brown posted an 80–8–2 record which included a 35-game winning streak and six state championships.

The Massillon Tigers are historically one of the winningest high school football teams in the United States, second only to Valdosta High School in Valdosta, Georgia. The Tigers have compiled a current record of 826 wins, 249 losses, and 35 ties, through 4 games of the 2013 season. Along with the Canton McKinley High School Bulldogs, the Tigers represent one half of what many consider to be the greatest high school football rivalry in the nation. It is the only high school contest in America to feature odds in Las Vegas. In 123 meetings (1894–2012), Massillon leads the series 66-52-5. Massillon and their fierce rivalry with Canton are subjects of the 2001 documentary film Go Tigers!. A total of 23 professional players, 3 NFL coaches and 14 collegiate all-Americans have graduated from Massillon High School.[citation needed]

The Tigers play their home games at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. The stadium currently holds 16,600 people and is named after former Tiger player and head coach Paul Brown. Besides being the regular season home of the Massillon Tiger Football team, the stadium hosts Ohio High School Athletic Association state football playoff games, divisional championship games, as well as numerous other activities such as band shows and other sports including soccer.

Every fall, the booster club provides a live tiger cub named "Obie" who is on the sidelines for each home football game. So strong is the tradition and history, the booster club provides each baby boy born in Massillon a miniature football.

In the summer of 2008, due to the success of the Tigers' athletic programs, ESPN nominated the city of Massillon as a candidate for Titletown USA.[3] The final results ended with Massillon finishing in the top 4.


Prior to the implementation of the playoff system in 1972, Washington High School won the Ohio State Championship title 23 times. Most recently in 2005 they were runner up to Cincinnati St. Xavier in a 24-17 loss in the state championship game.

They have been recognized as the AP National Champions nine times – in 1935, 1936, 1939, 1940, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1959, 1961 – the most in the nation.

Past coaches

  • Hap Fugate 1909-1911 (19-8-3)
  • Sidney Jones 1912-1913 (9-9-1)
  • John Snavely 1914-1919 (41-8-2)
  • Elmer Snyder 1920 (3-4-1)
  • Dave Stewart 1921-1925 (38-9)
  • Dan Atkinson 1926-1927 (8-7-3)
  • Elmer McGrew 1928-1931 (20-16-4)
  • Paul Brown 1932-1940 (80-8-2)
  • Bud Houghton 1941, 1946-1947 (21-6-3)
  • Elwood Kammer 1942-1944 (26-4)
  • Augie Morningstar 1945 (5-0-5)
  • Chuck Mather 1948-1953 (57-3)
  • Tom Harp 1954-1955 (17-2-1)
  • Lee Tressel 1956-1957 (16-3)
  • Leo Strang 1958-1963 (54-8-1)
  • Earle Bruce 1964-1965 (20-0)
  • Bob Seaman 1966-1968 (20-9-1)
  • Bob Commings 1969-1973 (43-6-2)
  • Chuck Shuff 1974-1975 (12-7-1)
  • Mike Currence 1976-1984 (79-16-2)
  • John Maronto 1985-1987 (20-10)
  • Lee Owens 1988-1991 (35-13)
  • Jack Rose 1992-1997 (48-17)
  • Rick Shepas 1998-2004 (53-27)
  • Tom Stacey 2005-2007 (26-11)
  • Jason Hall 2008-Present (50-21)

Notable alumni

Massillon Tiger Swing Band

The Massillon Tiger Swing Band was created by the legendary George "Red" Bird in 1938 during the Paul Brown era of Massillon football. The band became known as "The Greatest Show in High School Football" and is still a very important part of the Massillon football tradition. The band's swing style includes moving formations and musicians marching with a swing step. The Tiger Swing band begins every home football game with the traditional hometown songs of "Massillon Will Shine", "Stand Up and Cheer" (to acknowledge the other team), the National Anthem, "Eye of the Tiger" and the WHS Alma Mater. At the beginning of each half time show, they perform what is known as "Opening Routine". This is a tradition that goes back for decades and consists of the band's entrance ("Turn Arounds") followed by "Fanfare", "Tiger Rag" and "Carry On". This entire routine is marched at 180 beats per minute and is practiced from the beginning of the rehearsals through the entire season.

The Swing Band is currently directed by Jason Neel. The 2011 edition of the Massillon Tiger Swing Band had an enrollment of 137.


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