Western Hills High School (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Western Hills High School, or "West High," is a high school located in the Western Hills area of Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. It is part of the Cincinnati Public Schools district. The school was the location used to film Airborne, a movie filmed in the Cincinnati area.

Western Hills High School
2144 Ferguson Road

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United States
Coordinates39°7′29″N 84°36′2″W
TypePublic, Coeducational high school
SuperintendentLaura Mitchell[1]
PrincipalDr. Carlos Blair
Enrollment1,035[2] (2014-15)
Color(s)Maroon and Cream [1]         
Athletics conferenceCincinnati Metro Athletic Conference[1]
Team nameMustangs[1]
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools [3]
NewspaperThe Breeze
Athletic DirectorJames Sherard[1]

The school houses two programs: Western Hills Design Technology High School and Western Hills University High School. But the building houses Western Hills Design Technology, Western Hills University and Dater High School.

Western Hills High School was established in 1928. In 1938, the two wings were built to accommodate more classrooms.[4]

Notable alumni

Listed among its graduates are many professional athletes and entertainers:

  • Art Mahaffey - baseball pitcher - 2 time all star
  • Jim Boyle – former Pittsburgh Steelers player
  • Ed Brinkman – baseball infielder – Gold Glove Award winner, All Star selection – Washington Senators, Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, & New York Yankees[5]
  • Rosemary Clooney, popular singer and actress
  • Betty Clooney, singer, actress and television host
  • Jim Frey, baseball – manager, Kansas City Royals (1980–1981), Chicago Cubs (1984–1986)
  • Rodney Heath, American footballer – Cincinnati Bengals (1999–2001); Atlanta Falcons (2002)
  • Mike Middleton, former NFL player
  • Russ Nixon, baseball – manager, Cincinnati Reds (1982–1983); Atlanta Braves (1988–1990)
  • Will Radcliff, creator of the Slush Puppie[6]
  • Jack Reynolds, American footballer – Los Angeles Rams (1970–1980); San Francisco 49ers (1981–1984)
  • Tuffy Rhodes, baseball – all-time home run leader for foreign-born players in Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan
  • Pete Rose, baseball – MLB's all-time hit king – Cincinnati Reds (1963–1978, 1984–1989); Philadelphia Phillies (1979–1983); Montreal Expos (1984)
  • Andy Williams, singer
  • Don Zimmer, baseball – manager, San Diego Padres (1972–1973); Boston Red Sox (1976–1980); Texas Rangers (1981–1982); Chicago Cubs (1988–1991); New York Yankees (1999) (interim)

Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships


  1. OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Retrieved 2010-03-16.
  2. "Western Hills University High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  3. NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on March 15, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-16.
  4. Mersch, Christine (Aug 27, 2008). Price Hill. Arcadia Publishing. p. 13. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
  5. "Ed Brinkman Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved October 30, 2012.
  6. Vitello, Paul (2014-09-22). "Will Radcliff, 74, Creator of the Slush Puppie, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved 2014-10-13.
  7. Yappi. "Yappi Sports Baseball". Retrieved 2007-02-12.
  8. OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved 2006-12-31.

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