Whetstone High School (Columbus, Ohio)

Whetstone High School is a public high school located at 4405 Scenic Drive in Columbus, Ohio. It is a part of Columbus City Schools and the neighborhood of Clintonville. Whetstone's mascot is the Brave.[3] The school opened in 1961 to accommodate the overflow from North High School. The expanding student base brought on by growth in north Columbus created the need for an additional school.

Whetstone High School
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4405 Scenic Drive
Columbus, (Franklin County), Ohio 43214
United States
Coordinates 40°3′3″N 83°1′47″W / 40.05083°N 83.02972°WCoordinates: 40°3′3″N 83°1′47″W / 40.05083°N 83.02972°W
Type Public, Coeducational high school
Opened 1961
School district Columbus City Schools
Superintendent Dan Good[1]
Principal Janet Routzong[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 908 (2013)
Student to teacher ratio 20:1
Color(s) Navy and White[1]         
Fight song Navy Blue and White
Athletics conference Columbus City League[1]
Mascot Brave
Team name Braves[1]
Rival Centennial Stars
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Newspaper The Braves Messenger
Yearbook Legend
Feeder schools Dominion Middle School
Athletic Director Randy King[1]


Grades for all subjects taken at Whetstone HS are included in the computation of a student’s Grade Point Average (GPA). Middle School courses which were taken for high school credit are also included. Only Advanced Placement and Post-Secondary courses are weighted. If a subject is repeated, only the higher grade is used. For G.P.A. purposes, A=4: B=3: C=2: D=1: F=0 points. For weighted courses, A=5: B=4: C=3: D=1: F=0.

On average, approximately 65% of Whetstone HS graduates enter either a four-year college/university, a two-year institution, or a technical program. Approximately 50% of graduates acquire the CCS Certificate of College Preparation and 30% receive the Certificate of Specialization.

In 2010, Whetstone received a bronze medal from U.S. News & World Report magazine as one of the nation's top high schools.[4]

Extracurricular Activities

Arts and Music: Art Club, Chorus - Mixed, Concert Band - Beginning & Advanced, Drama Club, Handbells, Jazz Band, Keyboarding, Marching band, String Ensemble, Theater - Fall Play, Theater - Spring Play or Musical, Vocal Ensemble, Yearbook.

Athletics: Baseball - boys, Basketball - girls & boys, Bowling Club - coed, Cross country running- girls & boys, Football - boys, Golf - coed, Soccer - girls & boys, Softball - girls, Swim & Dive - girls & boys, Tennis - girls & boys, Track & Field - girls & boys, Volleyball - girls & boys, Wrestling - coed.

Other Clubs & Activities: Cheerleading, Chess Team, Creative Writing, Drill Team, Environmental Club, Gay Straight Alliance, National History Day, International Club, In-The-Know (Quiz Bowl) (Academic Challenge), Love is Louder, Mock Trial, National Honor Society, Newspaper - "The Braves Messenger" (formerly "Mocassin Tracks"), Poetry Slam, FIRST Robotics Competition, Senior Council, Student Council, Young Volunteers.[4]

Marching Band

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The Whetstone High School Marching Band performing "Script Whs"

The stylings of the Whetstone High School Marching Band can be traced back to The Ohio State University Marching Band through uniform and showmanship. The WHSMB uniform is based on the OSUMB's uniform, which is heavily influenced by the 1920s U.S Army ROTC uniform.[5] Whetstone's ramp entrance is based on the OSUMB's traditional entrance into Ohio Stadium. The WHSMB drum major also styles themselves off of the drum majors of OSU with the signature, "Back Bend" and jabs down the field. At each homecoming game, the WHSMB performs its signature "Script Whs", which is derived from "Script Ohio" and is performed to the final section of Edwin Eugene Bagley's National Emblem march.[6]

The school has two fight songs: "Navy Blue and White" and "Polar Pep".

Notable alumni


  1. ^ a b c d e f OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Retrieved 2010-02-17.
  2. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on September 23, 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-17.
  3. ^ http://www.columbus.k12.oh.us/whetstone
  4. ^ a b http://www.columbus.k12.oh.us/applications/schoolwebsites/SchoolProfile.nsf/(WebPublic2)/Whetstone_High_School?OpenDocument
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbC2V35HJOg
  6. ^ The Ohio State University Marching Band
  7. ^ Niquette, Mark (2008-05-17). "Brunner touts value of voting at high schools - Whetstone seniors among those urged to be active at polls". The Columbus Dispatch. Newsbank. Retrieved 2008-11-22.
  8. ^ "Judge Cheryl Johnson, Place 5". txcourts.gov. Retrieved December 18, 2014.

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