John H. Lehman High School
1103 14th St. NW[1]

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Coordinates40°48′51″N 81°22′59″W / 40.814096°N 81.383057°W / 40.814096; -81.383057Coordinates: 40°48′51″N 81°22′59″W / 40.814096°N 81.383057°W / 40.814096; -81.383057
TypePublic School
Established1932 (as a H.S.)
Closed1976 (as a H.S.)
Color(s)Scarlet & Gray
NicknamePolar Bears

Lehman High School was a public high school in the Canton City School District. It was named for John House Lehman, "in honor of his extensive, untiring, and unselfish efforts for the public school system."[2] It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 24, 2017.


Lehman was built on the site of the original North High School in 1920 and served as a junior high until 1932, when it started to add grades above 9th grade. From 1920 to 1937 Lehman was a feeder school to Canton McKinley High School . The first class graduated in 1938.[2]

The Lehman Polar Bears were members of the Hall of Fame Conference for football.[3]

Due to projections for declining enrollment in Canton City Schools, Lehman and Lincoln High School were closed as traditional high schools at the end of the 1975-76 school year and became junior highs. A new Lehman Middle School was opened in 2004 on 13th St. and Broad Ave. NW, leaving the original building empty for the most part.[2] It was used on a temporary basis housing students while several elementary schools in Canton were razed and rebuilt.[citation needed]

Circa 2009 after the district discovered trespassing in the building, the district had electricity suspended.[4]


Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships

Further information: Ohio High School Athletic Association


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  2. ^ a b c Elder, Tim W. (2014). Lehman High School History. Retrieved 2015-01-22.
  3. ^ Keating, Mike (January 25, 2013). "ST. THOMAS LEAVES INDEPENDENT RANKS TO JOIN NCL". Alliance Review. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
  4. ^ Griffy, Melissa (2009-08-20). "Can old Lehman school be saved?". GateHouse Media, Inc. Archived from the original on 2009-08-12. Retrieved 2019-10-30.
  5. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Basketball AA". Archived from the original on January 13, 2007. Retrieved February 12, 2007.