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Old McKinley High School building at Canton McKinley High School

Canton McKinley Senior High School is a public high school in Canton, Stark County, Ohio. It is one of the oldest high schools in Ohio, and was once one of Ohio's largest. The original McKinley building on Market Avenue North was opened on March 27, 1918. The students of Central High School and North High School were moved to the new building. The school was named for President William McKInley (whose home was across the street from McKinley High School) and his sister, Anna McKinley, who taught in the Canton Public Schools for 30 years. When it opened, it was the only high school in Canton. By 1943, it was one of four high schools, as enrollment in the city schools dictated Lehman High School, Lincoln High School, and Timken Vocational High School be opened. As the city of Canton's population declined, so did city school enrollment. In the spring of 1976, the Canton City Schools closed all four high schools in the city. Lehman and Lincoln reverted to junior high schools, and Timken Senior High School and McKinley Senior High School were their replacements. McKInley Senior opened in a new building on the site of Fawcett Stadium. In January 2015, the Canton City School superintendent has proposed closing Timken as a traditional four-year high school, thus making McKinley the city's only high school for the first time since Lehman became a high school in 1937. McKinley High School's enrollment peaked in the 1935 - 1936 school year with 4,000 students attending.[1]


Canton McKinley competes in the Federal League, one of the oldest athletic conferences in Ohio.

Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships[edit]


Canton McKinley is 7th in the nation in football wins all-time, with 739 as of March 2006, Massillon is 3rd. McKinley is also second in Ohio in win total, again behind Massillon.

Prior to the start of the current playoff format in Ohio high school football, McKinley had won seven AP poll titles. Since the playoff format began, McKinley has won three State Titles, in 1981, 1997, and 1998. They have been State Runner-Up three times in 1977, 1985, and 2004.

The rivalry[edit]

McKinley-Massillon is the 13th most played rivalry in the nation, with 119 meetings between the schools. The rivalry is also tied for the nation's 14th oldest, dating back to 1894 and was profiled in the November 14, 1994 issue of Sports Illustrated.

The venue[edit]

McKinley plays at Fawcett Stadium, which seats over 22,500 fans. Fawcett is also home to the NFL's annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Game (The Hall is in Canton)

Famous Bulldogs[edit]

Famous Bulldogs include Percy Snow, Kenny Peterson, Marion Motley, Wayne Fontes, Ray Ellis, Jamar Martin, the late Pro Bowl linebacker John Grimsley, Mike Doss, Reggie Corner, Joe Morgan and Josh McDaniels (Former New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks coach, former Denver Broncos Head Coach). Famous former coaches include Don Nehlen (West Virginia) and Ben Schwartzwalder (Syracuse), Eric Snow (Former Cleveland Cavaliers Point Guard.)


McKinley is #10 all-time in the nation in wins, with 1813(as of March 31, 2014). They are also #1 in the nation all-time in winning seasons with 102,entering the 2014–2015 season, and #1 all-time in the nation in winning percentage among teams with 1500+ victories, at .726.

McKinley is also #1 in Ohio in wins all-time. They have won State Championships in 1983–84, 2004–05, and 2005–2006. They have been State Runners-Up eight times, and hold Ohio records for most appearances in the Championship game (11), Final Four appearances (23), and Sweet Sixteen appearances (48).

Famous Bulldogs[edit]

McKinley has had several players move on to the NBA, including Nick Weatherspoon, Phil Hubbard, Gary Grant, Eric Snow, Michael Hawkins, and Keith McLeod. With Nick Weatherspoon playing in the NBA from 1973 to 1980, Phil Hubbard from 1980 to 1989, Gary Grant from 1989 to 2001, Eric Snow from 1996 to 2008, Michael Hawkins from 1997 to 2001, and Keith McCleod from 2004 to present, McKinley has had a graduate in the NBA continuously since 1973, which is believed to be a record.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]


Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ccsdistrict.org/pages/CantonCitySD/CCS_District/737189850818678660
  2. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Football". Retrieved February 12, 2007. 
  3. ^ OHSSCA. "Ohio High School Swim Coaches' Association-Boys Swimming State Champions". Retrieved March 8, 2007. [dead link]
  4. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Basketball AAA". Retrieved February 12, 2007. 
  5. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Basketball D1". Retrieved February 12, 2007. 
  6. ^ a b c d OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved December 31, 2006. 
  7. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Baseball". Retrieved February 12, 2007. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°49′07″N 81°23′54″W / 40.81861°N 81.39833°W / 40.81861; -81.39833

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USA TODAY High School Sports
Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:18:45 -0800

Canton City School District Superintendent Adrian Allison announced today that he has accepted the resignation of McKinley High School head football coach Thom McDaniels. According to a news release provided by the district, McDaniels submitted his ...
Canton Repository
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:48:45 -0800

Similar to his presentation at Timken High School on Wednesday, Allison recommended that the city school board transfer most Timken students in grades 10-12 to McKinley next school year and name the consolidated school Canton McKinley High School.
USA TODAY High School Sports
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:15:00 -0800

Massillon held a community gathering Wednesday evening to officially introduce its new head coach for the Tigers football team, Nathan Moore. Moore is coming of a Division II state championship game as his LaSalle Cardinals defeated the Knights of ...


Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:53:18 -0700

Watch Massillon Washington vs Canton McKinley High School football rivalry Saturday 2 p.m.. One of oldest rivalry games in country. newsnet5.com staff. 12:05 AM, Nov 1, 2014. 3:09 PM, Nov 1, 2014. Previous Next. Joe McGee/WEWS. Copyright 2013 ...
Times Reporter
Thu, 15 Jan 2015 20:39:44 -0800

Also, Canton McKinley High School alum Gary Grant holds the Clippers' record for single-game assists against the Cavs, having recorded 18 assists twice (December 1989 and March 1989) against them. … The Clippers, who won at Portland on Wednesday, ...
The Plain Dealer (blog)
Sat, 08 Mar 2014 06:16:46 -0800

Astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson is the host for "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," launching Sunday, March 9, with Canton McKinley High School graduate Brannon Braga as one of directors and executive producers. (Patrick Eccelsine/Fox).
Canton Repository
Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:05:21 -0700

Thom McDaniels, 65, had not even met the McKinley team, and technically, he wasn't even officially hired Monday night before the first criticism was lobbed out over his hiring. After comments from the five members of the Canton City Schools Board of ...
Hustle Belt (blog)
Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:15:37 -0800

Future Kent State linebacker Nick Faulkner, of Canton McKinley High School received his jersey to suit up in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl on January 10, 2015. An invite only game played in Tampa, Florida, Faulkner will get to chase down and tackle ...

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