1470 S McCord Road
Holland, Ohio 43528
Principal: Mr. Steve Gwin
Asst. Principal: Ms. Libby McIlwain
Asst. Principal: Mr. Stan Joplin
Asst. Principal: Ms. Rhonda Jemison
Athletic Director: Mr. Robb Brown
Doors Open at 6:05 AM - School Starts at 7:35 AM - Dismissal is at 2:30 PM
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Welcome to Springfield High School, home of the Blue Devils!
During the school year, Springfield High School achieved an "Excellent" rating from the Ohio Department of Education. We are very proud of the entire SHS family - students, parents, faculty, and staff - for consistently being recognized for outstanding academic achievement. We truly are committed to being exceptional - - without exception!
SHS is a public comprehensive high school with rigorous academic programs for students in grades 9-12. Almost 100 faculty and support staff are dedicated to both SHS traditions and to ensuring that each of the approximately 1200 students attain their educational goals. Students follow a trimester schedule designed to further enhance the academic environment with even more class time for a variety of learning experiences, more teacher/student interaction time, greater opportunities for problem-solving and group activities. SHS offers enrichment through Honors, Advanced Placement, and Post-Secondary Options* classes. In addition, SHS students may also choose to enroll in a two-year vocational program offered through Penta Career Center. Opportunities abound for community service, leadership development and character building - all interwoven into SHS academic and extracurricular programs.
In 2013, Springfield High School's Students In Action program (coordinated through the prestigious national Jefferson Awards for Public Service) earned the NATIONAL Ambassador Level 4th Place Award from a national panel of judges, as one of the four best high school service programs in the nation!
Unique offerings such as the nationally respected JROTC, Science Olympiad, and foreign language classes help prepare students for success in our global society. Springfield High School's Blue Devils are rich in tradition - and we want to encourage all community members to become "true blue!"
* PSO allows qualified students to receive credit for college-level courses at no cost to the student or his/her family.
Listed below are a number of forms and links to assist you. Please click on the item that you would like to review or download:
- SHS Daily Announcements
- Curriculum Guide, 2013-14
- Fight Song & Alma Mater - Words
- To enter the SHS Media Center Pages
- Yearbook Ordering Information
Testimonial from An SHS Parent
"My son came to Springfield High School from another area district and I am thrilled with this school! I just couldn't believe it when I received a telephone call from one of his teachers to tell me how well he was doing in class - this one-on-one attention from teachers started from day one and is fabulous."
Principal's Weekly Message
CONGRATULATIONS SHS and SMS SCIENCE OLYMPIAD TEAMS!!!
Congratulations go out to the Springfield High School Science Olympiad Team who repeated this weekend as Regional Science Olympiad Champions!!! Our Blue Devils have won 1st or 2nd place at Regional Competition in four out of the last five years. This weekend we faced a field of 26 teams at Defiance College where all teams competed in 23 separate events. Our Blue Devils finished no lower than 9th place in 21 of these 23 events. This year's effort has earned them a birth in the state finals on April 26th at The Ohio State University.
3rd Place Medal winners include: TJ B, Nate D, and Carla M
2nd Place Medal winners include: Grace J, Kocelia B, Casey W, Kennadee R, Carla M and Jake R
1st Place Medal winners include: Kennadee R, Joe W, Tim A, Koceila B, and TJ B
This was an impressive victory over teams like SHS with top academic pedigrees -Ottawa Hills, Sylvania's Southview and Northview, Lima Shawnee, and Lehman Catholic (a Dayton area powerhouse). What comes next is the trip to Columbus on April 26th. Of course the team and coached could not have done this without the support and encouragement of the administrators at the High School, the District, family and friends -thanks to all!!
We also want to congratulations future Blue Devils/members of the SMS Science Olympiad Team who recently competed in 23 different events ranging from knowledge events about topics such as anatomy to building events where students had to construct and test items (such as a robot). SMS students competed against 19 teams from across northwest Ohio and were one of the top six teams to advance.
CAPTAIN WARDERS RETURNS TO SHS -TALKS ABOUT LEADERSHIP
In late winter 2001, then-SHS senior Stuart Warders was attending his final JROTC Military Ball at Springfield High School and making plans to become a Cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Fast forward to February 15, 2014 . . . now-Captain Stuart Warders was again at a JROTC Military Ball, but this time as the keynote speaker!
Captain Warders returned "stateside" after several wartime deployments and currently is assigned as a ROTC Instructor at Penn State University. It seemed appropriate to ask him to speak about leadership. . . something that he modeled as a Blue Devil and continued to exhibit as he placed his life at risk to protect our country's freedom.
At the heart of his message to the high school cadets (and adults) in attendance was this - that rather than fear mistakes and failure, use both as opportunities for growth and learning. He shared that it is how we handle life's curves that often teach life's greatest lessons! He offered examples of how mentors and eventually his commanders encouraged him to take risks and embrace change and challenges - especially when a major shift that took him from service abroad to his current position as ROTC Instructor at Penn State. It is no surprise that leading others, especially into battle, takes courage. He stressed that equal to courage is the need to trust that training and skills obtained through in and out of the classroom prepare us to succeed in most every situation.
It wasn't that long ago that he wore a Blue Devils uniform . . .today, his uniform is that of a US Army Caption! We proud to call Stuart Warders one of our own and thank his for returning to SHS!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE QUEEN AND COURT After Captain Warders' address, the 2014 Military Ball Court and Queen were presented. Congratulations to Freshman Attendant Dayna Clark, Sophomore attendant Madelyn Baker, Junior Attendants Dasha Hannum and Jennifer Jakubowski and 2014 JROTC Military Ball QUEEN Mackenzie Shiple!
SHS Students Celebrate a Few Important People
Springfield High School students show their school pride in many ways . . . some show it by dressing in “spirit wear,” a few paint their faces/hair blue before attending a home game . . . recently, three SHS staff/coaches were direct recipients of the pride that our students have in their school and the impact that is made by the excellent people who choose to work here!
BCSN offers a variety of ways for students to show their pride and spirit – contests to choose “Teacher of the Month” and “Coach of the Season” are regular features provided through their website. Just this week, we learned that SHS Math Teacher Mr. Jim Howe was chosen as the BCSN “Teacher of the Month” for March, 2014. Mr. Howe is respected by his students for his knowledge and unwavering effort to teach his students to master even the most difficult math equations. His classes are not easy – yet each student is aware that Mr. Howe is available to help them. I join the entire staff is congratulating Mr. Howe – he is a wonderful example of Springfield Schools!
Kaitlynn Hersch is an SHS graduate who, as a volunteer, assists Coach Sean Abel challenge the members of the SHS Swim Team to achieve their personal best in and out of the pool. Nominated by her team and supported by our community, Kaitlynn was chosen as the BCSN Winter Coach of the Season. This high honor demonstrates the respect the students and our supporters have for our coaches - congratulations, Kaitlynn!
Sandra, “Tootie” Drinkwater is beloved by our students. She is a 1962 graduate of SHS who has worked in the district as an attendance clerk/secretary since 1982. Recently, she celebrated a milestone birthday and our students and staff helped create and signed a special keepsake poster to commemorate the special event. Happy Birthday, Tootie, and thank you for all that you do make Springfield High School such a special place to learn and work.
BE A BLUE DEVIL FOR A DAY
In his letter to area 8th grade students, SHS senior Tommy Kleinfelter wrote this, “Throughout the school year, you will face many decisions that will impact your future. Before the end of the year, you will also have to decide which school you want to attend during your high school career! High school will bring some of the best memories you will make in your life. During high school you will make lifelong friends, and you will have some of the best times of your life. Your high school years are amongst the most important years in front of you. During these four years you will shape who you are and decide what you want to do for the rest of your life. However, before you can even experience high school you need to decide where you want to attend high school, and I believe Springfield High School is just the place for you!
Springfield High School welcomes students in grades 8-12 who live in our community but are currently attending schools outside of the district to become a “Blue Devil for a Day” to experience a typical school day. All visits take place with assistance from current Springfield “mentors.” Although schedules can be adjusted, it is suggested that guests spend an entire day with their mentor and visit both classes and with program/activity advisors. Areas that will be presented include:
· Availability of the Dual-Credit/Post-Secondary Options program
· College Scholarships
· Laws of Life Essay Contest
· Students In Action initiative affiliated with the Jefferson Awards for Public Service
Performing Arts Opportunities
· Drama Club (Plays, Musicals)
· Color Guard/Winter Guard
For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Springfield High School at 419.867.5633!
Springfield High School to be the Site of Junior League’s Kids in the Kitchen Event
Springfield High School is pleased to have been selected as the site for Junior League’s 2014 Kids in the Kitchen. We look forward to hosting Kids in the Kitchen on March 22nd from 10 am – 2 pm.
Last year, over 500 people attended this family-centered event that offers cooking demonstrations, hands-on food prep, fitness areas and a free, healthy lunch. Kids in the Kitchen will provide a variety of opportunities for SHS students - especially those wanting to share a little of their volunteer time!
We know that the Junior League will provide many more details as the event nears – we just wanted to let our families know how pleased we are to host this year’s Kids in the Kitchen event. For more information, contact Lindsay Myers,
or her mobile 770-815-5198