Barberton Schools History



  • August 28, 2000 – Grand Opening of new BHS at 555 Barber Road.
  • Barberton YMCA, c/o Jerry Petrik, donated $63,566.60 for the track portion of the new athletic complex.
  • August 2000 – Final tour given at old BHS.
  • January and June 1948 classes donated $1,422 towards the purchase of a flagpole for in front of new BHS.
  • Death of student athlete, Josh Miller (15 year old, 10th grader) during a home football game with Ravenna High School.


  • State Representative Bob Otterman presented an Ohio House of Representative’s Resolution to Justin Kaye, senior tackle, who made all blocking calls at the line of scrimmage enabling the running back, Darren Harris to rush for more than 1,500 yards in 9 games.
  • 1st annual Josh Miller Open Wrestling Tournament.
  • Proclamation honoring Brian Molnar, 11th grader, who received the Rensselaer Medal given by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Cleveland Technical Society Award. He was also chosen to attend the Martin W. Essex School for the Gifted.
  • Proclamation honoring Sarah Bogart, senior, who received the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. She was also chosen to receive the Akron Beacon Journal Gold Star Student Award for community service, academic and leadership.
  • Destination Imagination Teams participated in the Destination Imagination Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • Kathy Hausch retired as secretary to the Superintendent after 24 years of dedicated service.


  • Open House to honor Mary Muffet as she retires from the Board of Education with 12 years of service. Mary served as a Board Member, Board President, PTA President, PTA Council President and worked as a teacher aide in the Barberton Schools during her many years of dedicated service to children.
  • The following students received a Proclamation for scoring “Advanced Proficient” in all five areas of the Ohio Fourth Grade Proficiency test: Jordan Dague, Jacob North, Teisha Mullins and Nemanja Raduka.
  • A graduation ceremony was held for World War II veterans (“Greatest Generation”) who were called to serve in our armed forced before their graduation from high school.
  • Superintendent Dr. Jerome Pecko resigns effective March 1, 2003.


  • Additional room construction begins on Woodford and Johnson elementary schools.
  • Resolution to abolish Success School program.
  • U.L. Light Renovations Phase I begins.
  • Dr. Elizabeth J. Lolli hired as superintendent.
  • Steinway, Model “B”, Concert Grand Piano purchased for the high school theatre.
  • Barberton Schools to join the Suburban League affiliation for the 2005-06 school year.
  • Proclamation presented to Joshua Perrin who was recognized for scoring “Advanced Proficient” in all areas of the Ohio Fourth Grade Proficiency tests.
  • Proclamation to John Gerbich and Rebecca DeLauder, who were awarded Congressional Service Awards sponsored by Congressman Sherrod Brown.
  • New Sports Complex opens for spring sports.
  • Woodford Elementary receives a Certificate of Commendation in achieving an Excellent designation on the Local Report Card for the 2002-2003 school year.
  • Luke Graham received The Outstanding Science Student Award from The Akron Council of Engineering & Scientific Societies for outstanding achievement in science studies at Barberton High School.
  • Mr. Roy Graham (Highland Middle School teacher) received The Outstanding Science Teacher Award from The Akron Council of Engineering & Scientific Societies and Mr. Dan Donnelly (BHS science teacher) for outstanding achievement in science instruction.
  • Block scheduling to be eliminated for the 2004-05 school year due to financial reasons and curricular requirements related to the Ohio Graduation Test.


  • Proclamation given to Jonathon Hughes, Barberton High School student, for his swift actions and unselfishness to help preserve the life of a Barberton High School teacher.
  • Resolution presented to the Barberton Chapter of the American Red Cross for their service to the community and Barberton City Schools for 70 years.
  • The City of Barberton takes possession of the old Barberton High School, the Industrial Arts Building and related property for city use.
  • Arnold School is closed and Head Start moved to Decker.
  • Lady Magics had an incredible season taking the team to the state finals.
  • Due to dire school finances, staff reductions were made for the 2004-05 school year and an emergency levy placed on the ballot, which failed.
  • Two Destination Imagination Teams approved to travel to Knoxville, Tennessee to compete in the Global Finals finishing 8th and 10th out of 892 teams in the world.
  • Resolution to abolish Community Education Programs for the 2004-05 school year.
  • Clark Oberlin and Jarod Pol, BHS Public Safety II (Fire/EMT Academy) seniors, participated with Norton High School seniors in the 1st annual 2004 Fire Games at Buchtel High School and won 1st place trophies in 3 of 4 events.
  • Entered into a school bus maintenance agreement with Norton City School District.
  • Entered into a contract with Barberton Citizens Hospital for a pre-nursing program at Barberton High School.
  • Oakdale Elementary School was recognized at the “Schools of Promise Conference” as an honoree of the State Superintendent’s Schools of Promise. Selection was based on the achievement of Oakdale’s students in third and fourth grade reading.
  • The Ohio Department of Education’s assistant director of finance and management services made a presentation on the effects of a state takeover.
  • Failure of the November 2, 2004 operating levy will result in closing all buildings to outside rental activities and early closing for all school activities. Failure will implement the state’s 2 mile busing guidelines for all students, including elementary on November 8th. Failure will eliminate the outdoor education program for this school year. Failure will change the athletic program effective August 1, 2005. Levy failed and placed on ballot in February 2005.


  • Proclamations presented to Chris Warfel and Henry Muren, Barberton teachers returning from Iraq.
  • An 8.64 Emergency Operating Levy passed in February 2005.
  • Oakdale Elementary to close August 1, 2005.
  • Barberton High School cheerleaders won the Cheerpower National Championship under the direction of Kim Donnelly and Mindy Shriener.
  • BHS student, Bethany Robinson, is a recipient of a scholarship from the Board of Regents that is based on a formula that considers GPA and ACT scores. Kristen Fearer was a #2 qualified student and will receive one of the ‘pool’ scholarships.
  • Bethany Robinson was one of 295 students recognized in Ohio for receiving the 2004-2005 Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship.
  • Barberton High School athletic fields named Greynolds Floor and Jeep Davis Track.
  • Barberton City School District Academic Hall of Fame Program started.


  • Johnson Elementary teacher, Mrs. Lori Reilly, was a recipient of Gov. Taft’s 2006 Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award.
  • Barberton High School baseball fields named Ken Sennett Field (Jr. Varsity) and Hal Naragon Field (Varsity).
  • Barberton High School Girls’ Soccer Team received a Certificate of Recognition from the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association for displaying sportsmanship and character on the field.
  • Old BHS and Industrial Arts Building razed to make way for new Lake Anna YMCA.
  • Barberton High School students, Brittney Bunn, Ryan McClellan and Amber Riffle, were highlighted in the Cleveland Plain Dealer as one of the region’s most promising high school scholars.
  • BHS Varsity Basketball received the Suburban League Title.


  • Resolution to recognize Glenn Edward “Bo” Schembechler, BHS graduate, by renaming the Barberton High School front driveway Glenn E. “Bo” Schembechler Way.
  • BHS Boys’ Soccer Team received the 2006 Greater Akron Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Division One Sportsmanship Award.
  • BHS Boys’ Varsity Soccer team received the 2006 Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Academic Team Award.
  • Adam Cogar placed 2nd in Division I State Wrestling and named to the Academic All-Ohio Wrestling Team.
  • Adam Moore nominated and appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point.
  • Autumn Jones placed 5th at the Business Professionals of America National Conference in Advanced Office Systems and Procedures in New York City.
  • Megan Owens was accepted into the Akron Youth Symphony for the second year.
  • Oakdale Elementary and Arnold School buildings razed.
  • Mr. Robert Campbell, father of Alyssa Campbell (3rd grader at Portage Elementary), donated an American flag that was flown over Camp Fallujah, while he was in Iraq in honor of Portage, to the school.
  • Barberton High School Magic Singers performed the National Anthem at the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball game.
  • Barberton High School Select Choir was the featured choir at the 2008 Invitational Vocal-Choral Festival at The University of Akron.
  • Ten Barberton High School and two Highland Middle School students were accepted into the Akron Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Dr. Elizabeth J. Lolli resigns as superintendent effective December 31, 2008.


  • Treasurer Ryan Pendleton is recognized by Auditor of State Mary Taylor for his excellence in financial reporting. He receives the “Making Your Tax Dollars Count Award.”
  • Community passes a bond levy to partner with the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission to build a new middle school and a new Santrock Elementary. U.L. Light will be turned into an elementary building and further renovations made to Woodford and Johnson elementaries. OSFC will invest $76 million for new construction of the schools.
  • Several students had art displays displayed at the Akron Art Museum during the Peter Pan showing.
  • Adam Cogar placed 1st in BHS history at the State Wrestling Tournament.
  • Barberton Basketball celebrates 100 years. BHS Varsity Basketball takes the Suburban League Title.
  • Mr. John Hall was hired as Barberton’s 16th Superintendent beginning August 1, 2008.
  • A Resolution was passed to request inclusion into a technical college district with Stark State College of Technology.
  • Norton Homes Site purchased for the new middle school. The Barberton Community Foundation gave Barberton Schools an $8 million grant to help purchase the property.
  • Barberton High School Magic Singers performed the National Anthem at the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball game.


  • The Norton Homes Site is demolished to make way for the new middle school.
  • The new Field House construction begins and stadium repairs are made.
  • BHS Varsity Basketball takes the Suburban League Title (2nd year in a row), the Division I District Title and 2nd place in the Regionals.
  • BHS students presented the musical, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” under the direction of Melanie Planitzer.
  • DECA Marketing students; Chad Morelock, Arisha Hoisten, Allison Wiley, Rachel Sando and Megan McQuaide represented BHS at the national competition in California.

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