The 381-student Senior Class of 2015 at Walnut Hills High School attracted a staggering $23 million in college scholarships. A full college profile can be located here.
Walnut Hills High School is located in Cincinnati, OH. A public school, Walnut accepts students entering the 7th grade and provides a rigorous curriculum through the 12th grade. Students must pass an entrance exam and complete a comprehensive liberal arts pedagogy that includes a required three years of Latin.
I am proud to introduce Principal Jeff Brokamp, Walnut Hills High School graduate and fellow 1978 Classmate. Jeff’s father, Mr. Raymond Brokamp, was our principal. And now Jeff is doing a great job. No better way to hear the Walnut Story than to hear Jeff share it!
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Out of more than 18,000 public high schools in the USA, US News ranks Walnut number 65 in the USA and awards WHHS Gold Medal status.
WHHS is the number one ranked school in the State of Ohio.
Out of the 31 high schools representing Ohio and a total of 1,600 semifinalists of the 2013 National Achievement Program, WHHS has the most African American semifinalists. This program recognizes the African American students who excelled on the Preliminary SAT and intend to enroll in college.
Persistence rate of 7th grade students (i.e., % 7th grade students who are able to continue and move up within Walnut) increased significantly from a historical level of 80% to 94% in 2012, driven by increased intervention programs.
Superbly trained faculty with 92% holding master’s degrees, equivalent or above.
There are five nationally board certified teachers and a National Teacher of the Year.
WHHS offers more Advanced Placement courses than any other school in the nation. In 2012, WHHS increased the number of AP exams taken by 40%.
THE EAGLE WAY
- Over 95% attending four-year colleges or universities. See where they’re attending.
- In 2006-2007, 19 National Merit Semi-Finalists, 21 Commended Students, 3 National Achievement and 3 Achievement Commended Scholars.
- Thirty-eight Cum Laude Initiates in 2006.
- Administered over 1,300 College Board AP exams, taken by 555 students in 2006, 82% of the scores were three or higher.
- One hundred percent of the students pass all parts of the Ohio Graduation Test and the majority receive Honors Diplomas from the State.
- Science and foreign language competitions, National Mathematics Examinations, and Harvard Model United Nations.
- A minimum of six dramatic and musical productions, six instrumental and two vocal concerts and an award-winning marching band.
- Over 50 sports teams and 50 extracurricular activities from Art Club to Youth in Government.
- Students scoring significantly above the national mean on the SAT and ACT (WHHS SAT mean 1752; National SAT mean 1518. WHHS ACT mean 25.9; National mean 21.1).
- Admission open to all students who pass the Terra Nova standardized test at 70% or better offered through Cincinnati Public Schools, 363-0186.
US News and World Reports ranked Walnut Hills one of the top 100 public high schools in the USA, consistently awarding the institution its Gold Medal seal. See online slideshow.
Excellent school rating. Walnut Hills is the top ranked public high school in the State of Ohio.
Wikipedia lists the following Alumni of Walnut Hills High School:
- Dr. Helen Elsie Austin (1924), Attorney, Foreign Service Office, first Black female graduate of UC Law School
- Stan Aronoff (1950), politician and longtime member of the Ohio Senate
- Theda Bara (Theodosia Goodman 1903), early movie star of the silent screen
- Janet Biehl (1971), author and social ecologist
- Ric Bucher (1979), former ESPN NBA correspondent and co-author of a book with Yao Ming; now co-host of ‘Bucher and Towny’ on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and NBA correspondent for CSN Bay Area
- Elisabeth Bumiller (1974), New York Times White House correspondent
- Stanley M. Chesley (1954), attorney who won Bhopal, MGM Grand, and Beverly Hills Supper Club class action settlements, now partner at Waite, Schneider, Bayless & Chesley in Cincinnati
- Douglas S. Cramer (1949), TV and Broadway producer, art collector.
- Jim Dine (1953), pop artist
- Elizabeth Brenner Drew (1953) Political journalist, author and lecturer
- Alan Dressler (1966), astronomer and astrophysicist
- Isadore Epstein (1937), astronomer
- Five Deez, hip hop group
- Frank Benjamin Foster, III (1946) saxophonist, composer, member of Count Basie Orchestra
- Paula Froelich, Columnist Page Six of The New York Post
- Helen Iglauer Glueck (1925), physician and hematology researcher
- Dick Gordon, professional Football player 1965–1974 for Chicago, Green Bay, Los Angeles, San Diego
- Charles Guggenheim (1942), four-time Academy Award winner for documentaries
- Fred Hersch, Jazz composer and musician, Grammy Nominee, Latest major work:
- DeHart Hubbard (1921), first African-American to win an individual gold medal in the Olympics (long jump – 1924 Paris Summer Games)
- Miller Huggins (1897), managed Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees, inducted into theBaseball Hall of Fame in 1964
- James Levine (1961), pianist, conductor, Musical Director of the Metropolitan Opera and theBoston Symphony Orchestra
- Charles Manson, infamous leader of a murderous cult (attended briefly)
- Stanley B. Prusiner (1960), 1997 Nobel Prize for medicine
- Jerry Rubin (1956), 1960s-era radical and later a social activist
- Stephen Sanger (1964), Chairman and CEO of General Mills
- Robert Shmalo, (1996) international ice dancing competitor
- Itaal Shur (1985), Grammy Award winner (2000) for co-writing “Smooth” the song that boughtCarlos Santana back into the spotlight and the top of the charts.
- Lee Smolin (1972), theoretical physicist
- Tony Trabert (1948), tennis star of the 1950s, won 1955 French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open.
- Jonathan Valin (1965), Mystery series novelist
- Evelyn Venable (1930), actress, has a Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame; her father, Emerson, and grandfather William Henry, taught English at the school
- Worth Hamilton Weller (1931), herpetologist
- Jonathon “Yoni” Wolf (1997), Recording Artist
- Mary Wineberg (1998) Track & Field Olympian. Gold medalist in the women’s 4×400m relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
- Darren Anderson (1987) Professional football player (NFL 1992-1998)
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My “Get Me Out Of Here” Moment…
One spring evening during my 10th grade year, my father asked me to join him outside our house for a talk. He heard me complaining about wanting to attend another high school where many of my friends from Silverton/Kennedy Heights attended. Dad convinced me why I must finish the things I’ve started in life. Leaving Cincinnati’s Walnut Hills High School (WHHS) would have been one of my worse mistakes.
I simply know of no other institution like WHHS. Several years ago and decades after my graduation, I found myself in an exchange with a Newsweek editor, who was in the process of writing about our nation’s top 100 public schools. He planned to exclude WHHS because of its mandatory entrance exam. I argued a number of points to the school’s credit. To this day, I cannot recall a single WHHS graduate who lacks pride in the school or similar observations. WHHS is clearly among the most precious treasures in my chest.
Visit WHHS’ website, and even today, one can easily why I feel this way.
The United Nations of High Schools…
One of the most gratifying aspects of Walnut Hills High School is it’s diversity. And by this, I mean diversity is in every sense of the word. The school has a large contingent of Caucasian, African American, Asian, Hispanic-Latino, Jewish, and other racial/ethic backgrounds. Young people routinely socialize with and date outside their population group without any special notice. It was at Walnut Hills that I first attended a Jewish funeral; Jeff Blatt, a classmate who died just before graduation. Sad, indeed. But I learned something about the Jewish people and their customs during that and other experiences. Interestingly enough, some 30 years later, I was engaged in a spirited Facebook discussion with one of my Jewish classmates on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.
Walnut is truly a regional school. Students come from communities throughout the geographic hub of the Cincinnati area. This makes the school a unique asset to connect families and friends who would have limited choices to interact on such a broad basis.
Eagles Are Ambassadors…
I simply know of no other institution like Walnut Hills High School. Several years ago and decades after my graduation, I found myself in an exchange with a Newsweek editor, who was in the process of writing about our nation’s top 100 public schools. He planned to exclude WHHS because of its mandatory entrance exam. I argued a number of points to the school’s credit. What a pleasure to see the school get much deserved recognition.
To this day, I cannot recall a single WHHS graduate who lacks pride in the school or similar observations. WHHS is clearly among the most precious treasures in my chest.
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