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Akron Public Schools Football By The Numbers

By Michael Beaven Published: November 6, 2013

AKRON PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS

Here is a few charts regarding the Akron Public Schools with assistance from historians Dick Stodghill and Jackie Stodghill:

Timeline of football

1892: Akron High School fields a football team. This is the only public high school in the city up through 1910.

1911: Akron moves to a two-school district with Central High School and South High School. The first City Series game is played on Oct. 21, 1911 and Central wins 29-0.

1914: Akron moves to a three-school district with Central, South and West.

1919: Akron moves to a four-school district with Central, South, West and North.

1924: Akron moves to a five-school district with Central, South, West, North and East.

1927: Akron moves to a six-school district with Central, South, West, North, East and Garfield.

1930: Akron moves to an eight-school district with Central, South, West, North, East, Garfield, Kenmore and Ellet.

1932: Akron continues to be an eight-school district with Central, South, West, North, East, Garfield, Kenmore and Buchtel. Ellet joins the Western Reserve League.

1937: Ellet moves to the Metropolitan League.

1953: West closes. Akron continues to be an eight-school district with Central, South, North, East, Garfield, Kenmore, Buchtel and the addition of Hower.

1964: Firestone is in as a ninth member in football after the school opens in 1963. The City Series has nine teams: Central, South, North, East, Garfield, Kenmore, Buchtel, Hower and Firestone.

1970: Central and Hower merge to become Central-Hower. The City Series has eight teams. 

1971: Ellet rejoins the City Series. It is a nine-team league again with Central-Hower, South, North, East, Garfield, Kenmore, Buchtel, Firestone and Ellet.

1980: South closes. Akron now has eight schools in the district. The City Series consists of Central-Hower, North, East, Garfield, Kenmore, Buchtel, Firestone and Ellet.

2006: Central-Hower closes. Akron now has eight schools in the district. The City Series consists of North, East, Garfield, Kenmore, Buchtel, Firestone and Ellet.

Teams with an undefeated and untied regular season record

1910: Akron High School, 7-0.

1913: Central High School, 9-0.

1922: South High School, 9-0. Finished 9-1 following a playoff game.

1931: West High School, 10-0.

1933: Ellet High School, 7-0. A member of the Western Reserve League.

1935: North High School, 9-0. Finished 9-1 following a playoff game.

1969: Garfield High School, 8-0. Finished 9-1 following two playoff games.

1971: Garfield High School, 8-0. Finished 10-0 following two playoff games.

1976: North High School, 9-0. Finished 9-1 following a playoff game.

1983: Garfield High School, 9-0. Finished 11-1 and the Division I state runner-up following three playoff games.   

2013: Ellet High School, 10-0. A Division II state qualifier.

Teams with an undefeated but tied regular season record

1905: Akron High School, 7-0-1.

1911: Central High School, 8-0-1.

1924: West High School, 8-0-1.

1925: South High School, 9-0-1.

1929: North High School, 8-0-1 and East High School, 6-0-3.

1930: East High School, 9-0-1.

1933: West High School, 8-0-2.

1945: Garfield High School, 8-0-2.

1946: Garfield High School, 9-0-1.

1963: Garfield High School, 10-0-1.

1967: Garfield High School, 8-0-2.

City Series champions chart

Garfield: 26 outright, three tied and five shared as or with a state qualifier.

Buchtel: 12 outright, three tied and seven shared as or with a state qualifier.

West: 12 outright and two tied.

South: 10 outright and two tied.

Central: nine outright and three tied.

East: eight outright and three tied.

Kenmore: three outright.

Ellet: two outright, one tied and two shared as or with a state qualifier.

North: two outright and one tied.

Firestone: one outright and four shared with a state qualifier.

Central-Hower: one outright.

Hower: none.

Akron Public Schools in the OHSAA playoffs (since tournament started in 1972)

1983: Garfield High School. Division I state runner-up. Finish with 11-1 record.

1987: Buchtel High School. Division II state champions. Finish with 12-1 record

1988: Buchtel High School. Division II state champions. Finish with 12-1 record.

1989: Garfield High School.

1991: Ellet High School.

1992: Buchtel High School.

1995: Buchtel High School. Division II state runner-up. Finish with a 12-2 record.

1996: Buchtel High School. Division II state runner-up. Finish with a 12-2 record.

1997: Buchtel High School.

1999: Buchtel High School.

2000: Buchtel High School. Division II state semifinalist. Finish with a 12-2 record.

2001: Buchtel High School.

2002: Buchtel High School.

2004: Buchtel High School.

2004: Garfield High School.

2005: Buchtel High School. Division III state semifinalist. Finish with an 11-3 record.

2007: Firestone High School.

2010: Buchtel High School. Division III state runner-up. Finish with an 11-4 record.

2012: Ellet High School.

2013: Ellet High School.

– Michael Beaven

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