Canton McKinley High School

Canton McKinley High School
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, U.S. It is one of the largest and oldest high schools in Ohio.



Canton McKinley High School is one of Ohio's traditional athletic powerhouses, having OHSAA State Championships (5th best in Ohio).[1] Canton McKinley competes in the Federal League, one of the oldest athletic conferences in Ohio. Other league members include Canton GlenOak, Massillon Jackson, Massillon Perry, North Canton Hoover, Uniontown Lake, and Youngstown Boardman. However, Canton McKinley's biggest rival by far is the Tigers of Massillon Washington High School, known simply as Massillon. McKinley's nickname is the Bulldogs, sometimes abbreviated "Dawgs" or "Pups".

Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships


Canton McKinley's football program is of national renown. 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 also been State Runner-Up three times, in 1977, 1985, and 2004.

The rivalry

Although heated in all sports, the McKinley-Massillon rivalry takes its most prominent form on the gridiron. 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. Massillon holds the all-time edge in the series, 49-67. The rivalry was profiled in the November 14, 1994 issue of Sports Illustrated. The fans of this rivalry talk about the match-up all year. It has inspired an online forum dedicated to this match-up on both Mckinley's fan website and a rival website, aptly named, Also, "The Game" is regularly a topic of conversation at bars, picnics, and even over breakfast at establishments all over Stark County Ohio. 2009 marked the 118th game between the two schools. The game was played at Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium. Three weeks later, the two teams met for the 119th and latest time when both advanced to the third round of the playoffs at Summa Field at InfoCision Stadium.[2].

The venue

McKinley plays at Fawcett Stadium, a depression-era edifice that 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

Famous Bulldogs include Percy Snow, Kenny Peterson, Gary Grant, Marion Motley, Wayne Fontes, Ray Ellis, Jamar Martin, the late Pro Bowl linebacker John Grimsley, Mike Doss, Tyler Everett, Reggie Corner 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.)

2005 season

McKinley posted a 10-0 record in the 2005 regular season, capping it off with a victory over archrival Massillon, 38-8. They easily handled their first two playoff opponents before falling victim to eventual State Runner-Up Massillon in the rematch, 21-3.

2006 season

The Bulldogs finished with a regular season record of 9-1, their only loss coming to Massillon. The Bulldogs won their first three playoff games before falling to the Mentor Cardinals in the state Semi-finals [3]. Their final record was 12-2.


It's hard to outshine McKinley's football program, but their basketball team comes close. McKinley is #5 all-time in the nation in wins, with 1755(as of 1/24/2010). They are also #1 in the nation all-time in winning seasons with 99,entering the 2009-2010 season, and #1 all-time in the nation in winning percentage among teams with 1500+ victories, at .768.

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).

The rivalry

Although less intense than in football, McKinley basketball has little love for their rivals, Massillon. McKinley has a stranglehold on the all-time record, at 126-46.

The venue

McKinley plays their home games at The Memorial Fieldhouse.

Famous Bulldogs

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 1974–1980, Phil Hubbard from 1980–1989, 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 1974, which is believed to be a record.

2005-2006 season

McKinley finished its regular season with a record of 18-2. Its only losses were to nationally ranked powers Oak Hill Academy 51-50 and North College Hill High School 69-67. McKinley won the regular season and tournament Federal League crowns, and was also crowned Ohio Division I AP Poll Champion. McKinley cruised through the Division I playoffs and won their 2nd consecutive State Title by defeating the Trotwood-Madison Rams 63-33, tying a Division I record for lowest points allowed in a State Final. McKinley finished the 2005-2006 season ranked 2nd in the nation in the poll [4], 6th in the nation in the Sports Illustrated poll [5], and 10th in the nation in the USA Today poll. [6]

2006-2007 season

After losing eight seniors (and their top eight scorers) from the previous year's state champion team, McKinley finished its regular season with a record of 15-5, their worst record since the 2002-2003 season.[7] They lost to Massillon Perry in the Sectional Final, their earliest tournament exit since the 2000-2001 season.[8]

Notable alumni

  • Brannon Braga, creator, writer and producer of several Star Trek films and television series.
  • Frank DeVol, Musician, composer, actor; Nominated for 5 Academy awards and 5 Emmy Nominations.
  • Mike Doss - Free Agent American football player
  • Kerwin Ray Ellis - former Pro Football player for Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles
  • Richard H. Emmons, Physicist, Planetarium pioneer; His research works for NASA and the space program on the proximity of near objects could allow for safe human journeys to space. Designed and built 23 Planetariums (One of which is the Hoover-Price Planetarium at the Canton Historical Society). The "Richard H. Emmons Award" for Excellence in College Astronomy Teaching by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific is given in his honor.
  • Gary Grant - Former NBA player for Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, Miami Heat, Portland Trail Blazers and University of Michigan all time assists leader.
  • John Grimsley - American football player for the Miami Dolphins and Houston Oilers.
  • Antonio Hall - Canadian football player for the Edmonton Eskimos.
  • Ronnie Harris - 1968 Olympic Gold Medalist in Boxing; Former #1 Middleweight Contender
  • Phil Hubbard, former American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association from 1979 to 1989, and current Assistant Coach of the Washington Wizards.
  • Reuben Klamer, Inventor of "The Game of Life" various other toys, Inducted into the Toy Inventors HOF and honored by the Smithsonian Institution.
  • Brent Long, Former Major League Soccer player for the Columbus Crew
  • Josh McDaniels - Former Offensive Coordinator for the New England Patriots, Former Denver Broncos Head Coach.
  • Keith McLeod, professional basketball player
  • Marion Motley - Pro Football Hall of Famer for the Cleveland Browns.
  • Raymar Morgan - basketball player for Michigan State University.
  • Joseph Myers, Brig. General U.S.A.F. SAC Commander; WWII Ace, First pilot to shoot down a jet Me 262.
  • The O'Jays, soul group; inducted The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.
  • Mary Orr, Broadway actress, author, playwright, author; Her short story / radio play "The Wisdom of Eve" was made into the movie All About Eve was nominated for 14 Academy Awards, winning 6.
  • Kenny Peterson - American football player for the Denver Broncos.
  • John Alfred Scali, ABC Washington, D.C. beat reporter; helped resolve the Cuban Missile Crisis. Appointed "Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary" to the United Nations by President Nixon.
  • (Larry) Preston Wade II - Nationally noted Composer, Author, Arranger & Gospel music recording artist. Production credits include Steve Martin's motion picture soundtrack to the "Leap of Faith" film and the PBS themesong "Dragontales".
  • Eric Snow - basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
  • Percy Snow - Former NFL Linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Chicago Bears
  • Nick Weatherspoon - All-American basketball player at the University of Illinois before a nine-year NBA career that included stops in Washington, Seattle, Chicago and San Diego.
  • Matt Hoopes - Guitarist for the famous band Relient K
  • Wayne Fontes - Detroit Lions head coach (1988–1996)


External links

Notes and references

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

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