|Pickerington High School Central|
300 Opportunity Way
|Type||Public, Coeducational high school|
|School district||Pickerington Local School District|
|Student to teacher ratio||19.90|
|Color(s)||Purple and White ]|
|Athletics conference||Ohio Capital Conference|
|Athletic Director||Scott Barrett|
|Rivals||Pickerington High School North, Reynoldsburg High School, Lancaster High School|
Pickerington High School Central is a public high school in Pickerington, Ohio. It is one of two high schools in the Pickerington Local School District. In the city of Pickerington, it is referred to simply as Central and their mascot is the Tiger. In 2003, "Pickerington High School" split into two high schools, Pickerington High School Central and Pickerington High School North. Construction of Pickerington High School, which currently houses Pickerington High School Central was completed in the fall of 1991. The high schools which previously served the Pickerington community were Pickerington High School (1940 - 2003) and Violet Township High School (1906 - 1939). Prior to 1906 there were many schools in the Pickerington/Violet Township area. The Pickerington School (c.1883), a two-story, two room school was built to replace the original building. Heritage Elementary is now housed in the Pickerington School. The school has sports programs that include football, boys basketball, girls basketball, wrestling, boys tennis, girls tennis, boys soccer, girls soccer, boys golf, girls golf, cross country, cheerleading, track and field, baseball, softball, and Marching Band.
Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships
- Boys Cross Country – 1997 
- Girls Basketball – 1985, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2018 
- Softball – 1997 
- Boys Basketball – 2012 
- Football – 2017, 2019 
- Boys Track – 2018, 2019 
USA Today National Championships
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The Battle of 256: Pickerington High School (Central) and Reynoldsburg High School have one of the longest continuing rivalries in Central Ohio. The schools have faced off in football every year since 1981. The Tigers have won 14 of the last 14 games. In 2005, sponsored by the local Wal-Mart, the Reynoldsburg/Pickerington game became known as the "Battle of 256", as Pickerington and Reynoldsburg are the largest cities to sit on Ohio State Route 256. A large metal football shaped trophy is awarded to the winning school each year. Reynoldsburg and Pickerington Central met in the playoffs for the first time in its rivalries history, with Pickerington Central winning 20-14.
|21||2001||Reynoldsburg||30||Pickerington||14||PHS 12-9||Columbus (Crew Stadium)|
|22||2002||Pickerington||21||Reynoldsburg||7||PHS 13-9||Columbus (Crew Stadium)|
|23||2003||Central||45||Reynoldsburg||20||Central 14-9||Columbus (Crew Stadium)|
|24||2004||Central||29||Reynoldsburg||12||Central 15-9||Columbus (Crew Stadium)|
Pickerington High School/Lancaster High School: The annual game between Pickerington Central and Lancaster High School is sometimes referred to as the "Fight for Fairfield County" or the "Battle of 33". This game is between the two largest cities and schools in Fairfield County. Pickerington Central defeated Lancaster for the first time in a number of years during the 2007 season. During the 2007 season PHSC beat Lancaster twice, once during the regular season and once during the OHSAA Regional Quarter-Final game. Central beat Lancaster for the third time in a row during the 2008 season, 31–0.
PHSC vs. PHSN: Pickerington High School North opened for the 2003–04 school year. In 2008, Central and North faced off in football for the first time at Crew Stadium. Addidas sponsored a trophy to commemorate this new rivalry. Nearly 15,000 people attended the game. The Purple and Black trophy supports a Victory Bell. The inaugural bell was awarded to Pickerington High School Central for their 38–7 victory over Pickerington High School North. It is now currently at Central.
|1||2008||Central||38||North||7||Central 1–0||Columbus (Crew Stadium)|
|2||2009||Central||7||North||6||Central 2–0||Columbus (Crew Stadium)|
|3||2009||Central||14||North||12||Central 3–0||Pickerington (Tiger Stadium)|
|4||2010||Central||42||North||0||Central 4–0||Pickerington (Panther Stadium)|
|5||2011||Central||24||North||21||Central 5–0||Pickerington (Tiger Stadium)|
|6||2012||North||37||Central||0||Central 5–1||Pickerington (Tiger Stadium)|
|7||2012||North||24||Central||0||Central 5–2||Pickerington (Panther Stadium)|
|8||2013||North||49||Central||14||Central 5–3||Pickerington (Panther Stadium)|
|9||2014||Central||30||North||23||Central 6-3||Pickerington (Tiger Stadium)|
|10||2015||Central||37||North||7||Central 7-3||Pickerington (Panther Stadium)|
|11||2016||Central||17||North||14||Central 8-3||Pickerington (Tiger Stadium)|
|12||2016||Central||38||North||24||Central 9-3||Gahanna (Wilbur C. Strait Sr. Field)|
|13||2017||Central||24||North||21||Central 10-3||Pickerington (Panther Stadium)|
|14||2017||Central||31||North||14||Central 11-3||Columbus (Alumni Stadium)|
|15||2018||Central||16||North||7||Central 12-3||Gahanna (Wilbur C. Strait Sr. Field)|
|16||2019||Central||16||North||7||Central 13-3||Pickerington (Panther Stadium)|
Pickerington High School Central Marching Tiger Band
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The band has competed in the Ohio Music Education Association's State Marching Band Competition for many years, consistently reaching the finals, and earning the state's highest honor, a Superior rating.
The band has marched in over 25 nationally televised parades, including five appearances in the Rose Parade (the only band from Ohio to do so) and four appearances in Macy's Parade. The band has performed for three presidents and performed at 16 NFL halftime shows.
- The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade – 1983, 1986 & 2012
- The Dallas Cotton Bowl Parade – 1989
- The New York Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade – 1990, 1995, 2001, 2009
- The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade – 1993, 1997, 2006, 2010, 2019
- The Miami King Orange Jamboree Parade – 1994 & 2000
- The Atlantic City Miss America Pageant Parade – 1994
- The Phoenix Fiesta Bowl Parade and National Band Championship – 1999, 2003 & 2014
- The New York City National Veteran's Day Parade – 2003 & 2007
- The Columbus Veteran's Day Parade – 2005, 2006 & 2008
- The Washington 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Vietnam Wall and Parade – 2007
- The Orlando Citrus Bowl Parade - 2016
- The band was Grand Champion of the 1994 Miss America Parade, and led the 2001 Macy's Parade and the 25th Anniversary of the Vietnam Wall Parade. They placed third overall in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl Band Championship, and fifth in the 1999 Fiesta Bowl.
- The band has had professional football game appearances with the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, and Philadelphia Eagles.
- Other performances include rallies for Senator John McCain (2008), Barack Obama (2008) President George W. Bush at the Nationwide Arena, President Ronald Reagan, President George H. W. Bush, Vice-President James Danforth "Dan" Quayle, Senator Robert Dole, Governor George Voinovich and Mrs. Voinivich, Ohio Democratic Party Election reception, the Boy Scout National Council Meeting featuring Paul Harvey, OSU Skull session before the 2002 Washington State game, 2005 Northwestern game and the 2008 and 2012 Michigan Games, and the Columbus Dispatch OSU vs. Michigan Wigwam Pep Rally.
This article's list of alumni may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability policy. (February 2017)
- Justin Boren, Class of 2006, professional football player
- Shane Bowen, Class of 2005, professional football coach
- Taco Charlton, Class of 2013, professional football player
- Caris LeVert, Class of 2012, professional basketball player
- Roger Lewis, Class of 2011, professional football player
- Brian Peters, Class of 2010, professional football player
- Jae'Sean Tate, Class of 2014, professional football player
- A.J. Trapasso, Class of 2004, professional football player
Notes and references
- "Stacy Tennenbaum". Pickerington Central High. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
- "Pickerington High School Central". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved May 8, 2020.
- OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Archived from the original on November 25, 2010. Retrieved February 17, 2010.
- OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved December 31, 2006.
- "USA Today Super 25 1999–2000". December 16, 2001. Retrieved May 22, 2010.