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GlenOak High School
School type Public
Principal Mark Black
Location 1801 Schneider St. NE
Canton, OH 44721
Phone (330) 491-3800 style="vertical-align: top;" Enrollment approx. 2,300
Colors Vegas Gold and Forest Green


Television Eagle Television
Newspaper The Eagle
Yearbook Aurum

GlenOak High School which is located in Plain Township, Stark County, in suburban Canton, Ohio, in the United States, is a superb school to attend because its main goal is "Soaring Beyond Excellence." The school derives its name from the combination of the former Glenwood and Oakwood high schools, which were merged by the district in the fall of 1975. The school has an enrollment of approximately 2300 students from grades 9-12.


The School

Plain Local finished construction of the new GlenOak Community Campus for the 2006-2007 school year, a high school with a public library situated within the building. Designed by architects Perkins+Will, it incorporates an 'academy' design. Seven academies are within the school, as following:

  • 9th Grade Academy
  • Arts and Communication Academy
  • Business and Marketing Academy
  • Environmental Sciences Academy
  • Health Sciences Academy
  • Human Services Academy
  • Industrial and Engineering Academy

The Community Campus includes an incorporated public library, a video studio, a 900-seat theater with balcony, and a blackbox. It also sports two gymnasiums, the main gym and a smaller auxiliary gym, softball and baseball fields and a new multi-purpose stadium with Field Turf, named "Bob Commings Field". The stadium enhancements are being funding privately through community support. Design of permanent facilities within the stadium were completed in 2008 and an outdoor learning lab is being built near the main retention pond. An adjacent property was bought by the township(Plain) to be converted to a park, and walking trails from the park will wind through the campus. Also, Mercy Medical center has set up an urgent care facility within the GlenOak Campus. Additional partnerships are being considered,such as partnerships with colleges and universities.

Clubs and Activities

The school's Latin Club functions as a local chapter of both the Ohio Junior Classical League (OJCL)[1] and National Junior Classical League (NJCL).[2] GlenOak features various Clubs and Activities, in school as well as out-of-school, such as various sports including Football, Boys and Girls Basketball, Boys and Girls Soccer, and activities including Student Council, Speech and Debate, Key Club, Academic Challenge, Science Olympiad, Chess Club, Teen Court, Ohio Model United Nations, National Honors Society, International Club, Yearbook Staff, Newspaper Staff and many more.

The Fine Arts

There are many opportunities at GlenOak High School to be involved with the Arts, whether that may be with choir, band, drama, photography, or art. GlenOak's programs are known for "Soaring Beyond Excellent" and the programs here are not only known in the community, but in the state, and in other states as well.

There are eight outstanding choral groups here at GlenOak High School directed by Mr. Brian D. Kieffer and Miss Mary T. Meese. They include GlenOak Chorale, The "Drifters," The "Notables," Women's Chorus, Men's Chorus, Concert Choir, Treble Chorus, and Freshmen Mixed. Every other year Chorale and Drifters fly down to Orlando, FL to compete in Festival Disney. Drifters and Notables also travel to Kalamazoo, MI to sing in a non-competitive festival at the beautiful Western Michigan University Campus in front of world-renowned arrangist Steve Zegree. Drifters and Notables have also performed alongside internationally-known musician Kim Nazarian, of New York Voices, and Dissonant Grace, a pair of vocal jazz musicians from Tiffin, Ohio. The choral department at GlenOak High School is obviously soaring beyond excellent.

There are several different bands at GlenOak High School directed by Mr. Chris Irwin and Mr. Joe Sterling including Symphonic Winds, Concert Band, Pep Band (during basketball season), Marching Band, Jazz I, Jazz II, Jazz III, Chamber Ensemble, and Pit Orchestra (during years GlenOak is doing a musical, by audition). The GlenOak Band Department also goes down to Florida to compete, but on the opposite year of the Choral Department. Everyone enrolled in band is automatically involved in Matching Band and gets to participate in the Timken Grand Parade that takes place every August on Cleveland Ave. during the Football Hall of Fame festivities. The band department at GlenOak High School is also soaring beyond excellent.


GlenOak is part of the Federal League, an athletic conference that includes the nearby schools of Austintown Fitch High, Boardman High, Jackson High, Lake High, McKinley High, North Canton Hoover High, and Perry High.

The school nickname is the Golden Eagle and mascot is Ernie the Eagle. This, too, represents a combination of the former Glenwood and Oakwood high school traditions. Prior to the merger of those schools in 1975, Glenwood's teams were known as the Eagles, with school colors of red and blue, while Oakwood's were the Golden Raiders, with school colors of green and gold. When the schools were merged to form GlenOak, the mascot became the Golden Eagle, while Oakwood's school colors were retained. (Similarly, the district's former junior high school teams were once known as the Taft Senators and the Middlebranch Diamonds. Those names were discontinued when the district applied the "Golden Eagle" nickname and colors to all schools in the 1980s. Taft and Middlebranch—the latter the original high school in the district—became elementary schools in 2006 as Glenwood and Oakwood became middle schools) The boys basketball team qualified for the OHSAA Final Four in 2007 led by All-American Kosta Koufas and Ohio Coach of the Year Jack Greynolds, Jr. The football team qualified for the 2007 OHSAA Playoffs under first year coach Scott Garcia(Class of 1987) and in 2008, they advanced to the regional finals .


Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships

Other athletic accomplishments

Notable alumni

Famous alumni include:

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