Bay High School to celebrate centennial
Did you know that Bay Village has offered high school for 100 years? It’s true! Parkview School was completed in 1922, and served grades 1-12. The two-story brick building was built where Bay Middle School now stands, with land purchased from the Cahoon Park trustees. A third story was added to the building in 1925.
Here are some other historical snippets, as shared by the late Bay Village historian Kay Laughlin:
Blue and white started being used for Parkview athletic uniforms soon after the new school was built, and Parkview High School became Bay High School in 1947, thanks to a name-change petition by the Class of 1947. (The Class of 1947 graduated with Bay High School on their diplomas.) Then, in the fall of 1947, a Bay High School sports team took the field under the name Bay Rockets for the first time.
“Bay High School has a longstanding history in our community, and we are excited to share its story with our students, alumni and residents,” said Bay High School Principal Jason Martin. “Partnering with the Bay Alumni Foundation, we are excited for all the activities and events we have planned throughout the year.”
In honor of Bay High School’s centennial celebration, an official 100 years logo has been created, and events will be held throughout 2022 honoring the school and its many alumni. Highlights include a virtual Town Hall sharing the school’s complete history (Jan. 26), local Bay Village history being shared on the 100th Day of School (Jan. 27), the annual Snoball Run (Feb. 5), a Talent Show that will include alumni acts (Feb. 26), a special alumni night during Bay High School’s spring play (April 8), a community picnic this summer, alumni performances with the Marching Band this fall and an extended Homecoming celebration. More information to come soon!
“We are excited to partner with the Bay Alumni Foundation to highlight this special anniversary of Bay High School,” said Interim Superintendent Char Shryock. “Together, our two organizations will share the history of our beloved Bay High School, while bringing back alumni to participate in these special commemoration events.”
Bay Alumni Foundation President Jim Joyce agrees.
“We are excited to celebrate all the wonderful traditions and success of the past 100 years – decades of excellence in academics, arts, sports, community involvement and philanthropy,” Joyce said. “At the same time, we look forward to all that our future offers.”
Karen Uthe Semancik
Karen Uthe Semancik is the communications director for Bay Village Schools.