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Washington High School
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1 Paul E. Brown Drive S.E.


United States
Coordinates40°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
TypePublic high school
School districtMassillon City School District
PrincipalDavid Latunshleger
Faculty73.00 (FTE)[2]
Enrollment1,207 (2018-19)[2]
Student to teacher ratio16.53[2]
Color(s)Orange and Black
Team nameMassillon Tigers
RivalCanton McKinley Bulldogs
AccreditationOhio Department of Education
North Central Association of Schools and Colleges
Communities servedMassillon
WebsiteWashington High School

Washington High School, commonly referred to as Massillon High School or Massillon Washington High School, is a 9th to 12th grade secondary school within the Massillon City School District in the city of Massillon, Ohio, United States.

The school colors are orange and black, and the school's athletic teams are known as the Massillon Tigers.


Washington High School provides programs including college readiness and vocational technical careers. Developing Resources for Education and Athletics in Massillon (D.R.E.A.M) is a collaborative effort through the Paul & Carol David Foundation, Massillon schools, Walsh University and the Aultman Health Foundation and provides students interested in a career in sports medicine to earn college credits in high school. Rated an "Excellent" school district by the Ohio Department of Education.


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The original Washington High School was constructed in 1913 and used to sit on the corner of Oak and 1st street southeast in downtown Massillon. The current Washington High School was constructed in 1992 adjacent to Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.


Football came to the Massillon in 1894 with the first high school game between Massillon High School and Canton Central High School. In the early years, the players consisted of working boys because most boys did not attend high school. By 1904 more boys began attending school past 8th grade. 1909 was Massillon's first undefeated football team. From 1910-1920 high school football in Massillon grew and improved, and by 1916 they were named the Scholastic Champions of Ohio.[3] The school mascot, the Tiger, was adopted from the city's former professional football team known as the Massillon Tigers.

Paul Brown, a 1925 graduate of Washington High School, returned to Massillon in 1932 to begin his renowned coaching career. In his nine years at Massillon, Brown posted an 80–8–2 record which included a 35-game winning streak and six state championships.

Famous resident football player, coach and founder-owner of the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals Paul Brown is memorialized in statue form in front of Massillon, Ohio's "Paul Brown Tiger Stadium".
Famous resident football player, coach and founder-owner of the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals Paul Brown is memorialized in statue form in front of Massillon, Ohio's "Paul Brown Tiger Stadium".

The Massillon Tigers are historically one of the winningest high school football teams in the United States, currently ranked 3rd in the nation in all-time wins. The Tigers have compiled a current record of 880 wins, 290 losses, and 36 ties. Along with the Canton McKinley High School Bulldogs, the Tigers represent one half of what many consider to be the greatest high school football rivalry in the nation. It is the only high school contest in America to feature odds in Las Vegas. In 128 meetings (1894–2017), Massillon leads the series 70-53-5. Massillon and their fierce rivalry with Canton are subjects of the 2001 documentary film Go Tigers!. A total of 23 professional players, 3 NFL coaches and 14 collegiate all-Americans have graduated from Massillon High School.[citation needed]

The Tigers play their home games at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. The stadium currently holds 16,600 people and is named after former Tiger player and head coach Paul Brown. Besides being the regular season home of the Massillon Tiger Football team, the stadium hosts Ohio High School Athletic Association state football playoff games, divisional championship games, as well as numerous other activities such as band shows and other sports including soccer.

Every fall, the booster club provides a live tiger cub named "Obie" who is on the sidelines for each home football game. So strong is the tradition and history, the booster club provides each baby boy born in Massillon a miniature football.[4]

In summer 2008, due to the success of the Tigers' athletic programs, ESPN nominated the city of Massillon as a candidate for Titletown USA.[5] The final results ended with Massillon finishing in the top 4.


Prior to the implementation of the playoff system in 1972, Washington High School won the Ohio AP State Championship title 24 times; however, they have never won a State Title in any sport in the playoff era. The Tigers were state runners-up in 2005 (lost to St. Xavier 24-17), 2018 (lost 42-28 to Archbishop Hoban), 2019 (lost 34-17 to La Salle), and 2020 (Lost to Archbishop Hoban again 35-6).

They have been recognized as the AP National Champions nine times – in 1935, 1936, 1939, 1940, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1959, 1961 – the most in the nation.

Past coaches

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Notable individuals

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Massillon Tiger Swing Band

The Massillon Tiger Swing Band was created by the legendary George "Red" Bird in 1938 during the Paul Brown era of Massillon football. The band became known as "The Greatest Show in High School Football" and is still a very important part of the Massillon football tradition. The band's swing style includes moving formations and musicians marching with a swing step. The Tiger Swing band begins every home football game with the traditional hometown songs of "Massillon Will Shine", "Stand Up and Cheer" (to acknowledge the other team), “Eye of the Tiger”, “Seven Nation Army”, The W.H.S. Alma Mater, and The Star Spangled Banner/ The National Anthem. At the beginning of each half time show, they perform what is known as "Opening Routine". This is a tradition that goes back for decades and consists of the band's entrance ("Turn Arounds") followed by "Fanfare", "Tiger Rag" and "Carry On". This entire routine is marched at 180 beats per minute and is practiced from the beginning of the rehearsals through the entire season. Each home game the Swing Band performs a new halftime show for the crowd, always with a theme. The 2020 edition of the band includes two Drum Majors, four Majorettes, and the mascot, Obie.

The Swing Band is currently directed by Jason Neel, who has been the head director since 2005. The 2020 edition of the Massillon Tiger Swing Band had an enrollment of 135.


  1. ^ a b
    "Washington High School 2008-2009 School Year Report Card" (PDF). Ohio Department of Education Local Report Card Files. Ohio Department of Education. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 June 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2009.
  2. ^ a b c "Washington High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved July 16, 2020.
  3. ^ "Massillon Museum | Research | Massillon History: Massillon High School Tigers Football". Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2016-09-22.
  4. ^ Smith, Eric (2017-08-04). "TRADITION: Miniature Footballs to Newborns". Retrieved 2019-08-23.
  5. ^ "Titletown" (English). Retrieved 2008-07-24.
  6. ^ "Lori E. Lightfoot". Massillon Washington High School Alumni Association. Retrieved 27 February 2019.