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Withrow High School Today – Fall 2014

This past August the doors of Withrow opened to greet almost 1,400 students for the start of the school’s 95th  year. The Clock Tower stands radiant against the blue sky (as long as the Regency is not in your view!); the arching Bridge with its cosmetic updates still traverse students and visitors “to and fro”; the Rookwood Fountain flows and glistens; all contributing to an inviting “welcome” to our school.  Preparing students for college and addressing the costs of college come together as Withrow High School enters their second year of a Dual Credit program in partnership with Cincinnati State (located on the former Courter Tech campus). The Dual Credit program offers college credits in College Spanish I and II, Principles of Accounting I, English 101 – Intro to Composition, English 103 – Composition and Literature, Intro to Psychology and Intro to Sociology and Biology 151.  There are about 60 students enrolled in this year’s Dual Credit program with 117 enrollments because some students enrolled in more than one course.  Last year, students earned 499 college credits, which have a projected savings of $30,000 in college costs.

Withrow Wrestling

NOVEMBER 2014 – Withrow will be in its first season in the  Eastern Cincinnati Conference after finishing second last year in the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference. Eighth-year coach Clinton McElroy returns three staters in senior Tra’Von Barnes and juniors Tim Harrow and Stanley Williams. Harrow and Williams were CMAC first team at 138 pounds and 195 pounds, respectively. Barnes made honorable mention at 220 pounds. “It’s the most inexperienced team I’ve coached in years, but they have some athleticism,” McElroy said.  “Harrow, Williams and Barnes have the experience and ability to surprise people this season.”

Soccer Funding a Success

AUGUST 2014 – Probably the most unique and uplifting story this fall season centers on the Boys Soccer Team. As in the past, the team roster is filled with young men from fifteen countries (many war torn or impoverished). School funding for soccer covers only the basic necessities (e.g., game balls, set of uniforms, nets, etc.), and Coach Tyler Barrott was faced with building a competitive team without much of the personal equipment that other ECC teams take for granted, e.g., serviceable soccer cleats, shin guards, cold weather gear, etc. So, this past summer, Coach Barrott utilized social media and developed a 7 minute video seeking funds for both the Boys and Girls soccer teams.

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New Athletic Field

JULY 2014 – What’s new this school year is the inviting “welcoming” behind the school with the presence of a vibrant synthetic athletic field replacing the one installed just seven years ago. Cincinnati Public Schools funded this installation which was necessitated due to the tremendous use of our facility by our Tiger teams, Clark Montessori High School teams and a vast array of community activities. The playing field is alternating shades of green every five yards, orange Tiger paw in the center, orange End Zones with large white lettering for Withrow and Tigers, and white lettering facing the stands for Cincinnati Public Schools and Angus King Stadium.  For further information, go to the Community Press.

Withrow’s First Year in Eastern Cincinnati Conference

This is Withrow’s inaugural year in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference (ECC) and the fall season has presented itself as a difficult transition. As expected, the level of overall competition across all the ECC schools for all sports programs has proven to be demanding. This was one of the key reasons for moving from the CMAC to the ECC. Our Tigers achieved its seventh consecutive CMAC Sports Award Championship in the 2013-14 season (acknowledging cumulative successes across all sports programs), and the timing was appropriate to “stretch” our programs beyond “traditional comfort zones”. One can go to www.eccsports.com to follow all our Tiger teams’ schedules and results.  For further information go to the Community Press.