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Massillon Washington High School
1 Paul E. Brown Drive S.E.
Massillon, Ohio, 44646-3407
 United States
Coordinates 40°47′34″N 81°30′10″W / 40.792678°N 81.502912°W / 40.792678; -81.502912Coordinates: 40°47′34″N 81°30′10″W / 40.792678°N 81.502912°W / 40.792678; -81.502912
Type Public high school
Principal Mike Babics
Assistant principals Tim Cocklin
Renee' 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

Massillon Washington High School, is a secondary school located in Massillon, Ohio. It serves students ranging from grades 9-12. The principal is Mike Babics. The school colors are orange and black and the school's athletic teams are known as the Tigers.



Washington High School is nationally famous for its high school football, which is featured in the film Go Tigers!. The team, which began play in 1894, has compiled a record of 786 wins, 234 losses, and 35 ties through the end of the 2008 season. The Tigers play their home games at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium (seating capacity: 18,000; artificial turf); a live tiger cub named "Obie" is on the sidelines for each home game. The team's name was adopted in 1924, and was named after a professional team known as the Massillon Tigers, one of the top teams in professional football in the early 1900s. So strong is the tradition and history, that baby boys at Massillon's hospital are given a miniature football at birth. Massillon's arch rival is Canton McKinley High School. Their meeting is the final game of the regular season each year. It is the only high school contest in America to feature odds in Las Vegas.[2] In 119 meetings (1894-2008), Massillon leads the series 64-50-5. A total of 23 professional players, 3 NFL coaches and 14 collegiate all-Americans have graduated from Massillon High School.

In the summer of 2008, due to the success of the Tigers' athletic programs, ESPN nominated Massillon, Ohio as a candidate for Titletown USA.[3]



Washington High School was voted the Ohio Division I, State Champions title 22 times. Although the tigers have strong and excellent tradition in football, their first playoff-era state title still eludes them; most recently in 2005 they were runner up to Cincinnati St. Xavier in a 24-17 loss in the state championship game. They have also been recognized as the AP National Champions nine times – in 1935, 1936, 1939, 1940, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1959, 1961 – the most in the nation.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ a b c "Washington High School 2008-2009 School Year Report Card" (PDF). Ohio Department of Education Local Report Card Files. Ohio Department of Education. Retrieved 10 September 2009.  
  2. ^ Kenneth A. Carlson. (2001). Go Tigers!. [DVD]. New York City: IFC Films.  
  3. ^ "Titletown" (English). Retrieved 2008-07-24.  

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