William Mason High School (Mason, Ohio)
William Mason High School, also known as Mason High School (WMHS or MHS), is a four-year public high school located in the Mason City Schools district in Mason, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. Its enrollment makes it the largest high school in Ohio, serving nearly 4,000 students in grades 9 through 12 for the 2018-19 school year in a 620,000 square-foot, three-story facility on a 73-acre campus.
|William Mason High School|
6100 Mason-Montgomery Road
|School type||Public, Coeducational|
|School district||Mason City Schools|
|Teaching staff||154.00 (FTE)|
|Student to teacher ratio||23.01|
|Song||The Green and White|
|Fight song||Stand Up and Cheer, Tusk|
|Athletics conference||Greater Miami Conference|
The school's Drama Club performs two plays in the fall and winter, culminating in a spring musical each year. Mason High School is a member of the Cappies of Greater Cincinnati, and its winter 2009 play "Noises Off" won the Best Play Cappie. Its outstanding theater facilities include a complete auditorium, scene and costume shop, Green Room and newly constructed black box theater space.
The Instrumental Music Department encompasses six concert bands (concert white, green, silver, winds, symphonic band, and wind symphony), four orchestras, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Pep Band, Chamber Strings, Winter Guard, Winter Percussion, and AP Music Theory. The Mason Band Program was awarded the John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Flag of Honor on May 24, 2008. In 2011, the William Mason High School Marching Band was the recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Shield, the highest honor a marching band can receive. MHS is one of only 15 schools to ever receive both awards. In 2016, The William Mason High School marching band earned the title of third in the nation at BOA Grand Nationals, for their show "World out of Balance." In 2018, the marching band also earned seventh place at BOA Grand Nationals with their show entitled "I See You".
The Comets participate in the Greater Miami Conference. Previously, Mason was a charter member of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference from 1965-66 to 2006-07. As of May 2019, Mason has won the GMC All Sports Trophy for 12 consecutive years.
Athletic facilities include:
- Dwire Field at Atrium Stadium: Seating for 6,800, synthetic turf football field, 8-lane all-weather track, Jumbotron scoreboard, three concession stands, two press boxes. Hosts state playoff football games. Named for Walter Dwire, MHS class of 1936 who was the first inductee into the Mason Athletic Hall of Fame, and was Mason's athletic director when the football program was started and the field built in 1962.
- Mason Arena: Seating for 3,200 (with auxiliary gym that seats 1,000), center-court scoreboard, 4 corner scoreboards. Hosts state playoff games.
- Multipurpose Field (soccer, lacrosse): Seating for 1,240, synthetic turf.
- Natatorium: Seating for 600, 11 lanes, movable floor. Hosts state playoff meets.
- Softball fields: three, including main stadium with permanent seating/brick facade. Hosts state playoff games.
- Baseball field: one with permanent seating/brick facade.
- Tennis: Seating for 100, 16 hard courts.
- Atrium Fitness Center: State-of-the-art training and fitness center.
Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships/Team
Notable alumni and staff
- Dan Patrick (class of 1974), sports broadcaster and host, NBC Sports and ESPN, radio host, The Dan Patrick Show
- Brant Daugherty (class of 2004), actor, Pretty Little Liars, Army Wives, Dancing with the Stars
- Josh Kline (class of 2008), NFL Minnesota Vikings' offensive lineman; Tennessee Titans; member of 2015 Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots
- T. J. Zeuch (class of 2013), Major League Baseball pitcher, Toronto Blue Jays
- Percy Coleman (class of 1894), Major League Baseball pitcher, Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Browns
- Angela Bizzarri (class of 2006), NCAA champion, All-American cross country and track runner at the University of Illinois
- Elijah Nkansah (class of 2013), NFL Houston Texans' offensive lineman; also Seattle Seahawks
- Mike Chipman (class of 1965),General Partner, Arizona Diamondbacks, founder/developer of TurboTax
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