South High School (Willoughby, Ohio)

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Willoughby South High School
Willoughby South High School, Willoughby, Ohio.jpg
5000 Shankland Road
Willoughby, (Lake County), Ohio 44094
United States
Coordinates 41°37′30″N 81°25′14″W / 41.62500°N 81.42056°W / 41.62500; -81.42056
Type Public, Coeducational high school
School district Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools
Superintendent Steve Thompson
Principal Zachary Weagley
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,400
Color(s) Columbia Blue and Gray[1]         
Athletics conference Western Reserve Conference
Mascot Willoughby South Rebel
Nickname Willoughby South Rebels
Team name Rebels[1]
Rival Eastlake North High School
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Athletic Director James Mormino[1]

South High School is a public high school in Willoughby, Ohio. It is one of two high schools in the Willoughby-Eastlake City School District. The school was created when the Willoughby Union High School was split into South High and North High School

About 20 minutes east of Cleveland, Willoughby South High School is located close to scenic and historical Downtown Willoughby. The total enrollment is between 1,200 and 1,400 students in grades 9-12. The principal is Zachary Weagley and the two assistant principals are David Miller (11-12 grades) and Christopher Plush (9-10 grades). James Mormino is the athletic director.

Willoughby South, along with its sister school (and rival), Eastlake North High School, have been awarded the Blue Ribbon School award by the US Department of Education (the highest award attainable by American Schools), and both schools have won the Ohio Academic Decathlon multiple times. [1]


Willoughby South is a member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association and part of the 8-team Premier Athletic Conference.

Sports include:

Sport Boys Girls
Track & Field
Hockey ?

Academic Decathlon[edit]

Willoughby South has won the Academic Decathlon state competition 8 times.[3]

Notable alumni[edit]

Flag controversy[edit]

For many years, the flag of South High was the Confederate Battle Flag used in the American Civil War. The school has since then adopted a new flag, which is simply a re-coloration of the Confederate Flag.[citation needed] The original decision to name the school the "South Rebels" stemmed from the original Union High, with "South Rebels" seeming to some to be the logical name for the school after the "Union" was split.[citation needed] However, there is the problem of seeming to celebrate the Confederacy, whose secession from the Union was centered on the institution of slavery, and the timing, during the Civil Rights Era.

In October 2010, A shirt depicting a re-coloration of the Confederate Flag was sold in the spirit shop. The Principal decided to pull the shirts. The spirit shop offered to refund any money students paid for the shirt or to replace them with a less inflammatory version; however, many students chose to keep the Confederate flag shirt as an expression of support for their traditional flag.[5]

Shooting incident[edit]

On September 2, 2008, a student brought a gun to school and fired two rounds within the school, one piercing the ceiling, another shattering a trophy case. The student then put the gun to his head, but was talked out of doing himself any harm by the Vice Principal of Eastlake North, Jeff Lyons.[6]

Removal of Confederate Rebel Mascot[edit]

Former Confederate soldier mascot
Former Confederate soldier mascot

On August 17, 2017, days after the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools announced the decision to remove the Confederate soldier mascot while keeping the name "Rebels" and also the school colors of grey and blue.[7]


  1. ^ a b c OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Retrieved 2010-04-02. 
  2. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on March 15, 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-02. 
  3. ^ "State/Ohio - AcaDec Scores and Information Center". 
  4. ^ "Betty Thomas Movie Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Inc. Retrieved June 24, 2016. 
  5. ^ "South High T-shirts pulled". 
  6. ^ "In Ohio Town, A School Tragedy Averted". NPR. September 3, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Willoughby South High School drops rebel mascot, keeps name". August 17, 2017. 

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