Brooklyn High School (Ohio)

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Brooklyn High School
9200 Biddulph Road
Brooklyn, Ohio, (Cuyahoga County) 44144
United States
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Type Public, Coeducational high school
School district Brooklyn City School District
Superintendent Mark Gleichauf [1]
Principal Antoinette Hostetler[1]
Grades 8-12
Color(s) Blue and Gold[2]         
Fight song Hail to the Varsity
Athletics conference Patriot Athletic Conference[2]
Sports Football, Baseball, Softball, Boys and Girls Basketball, Boys and Girls Soccer, Hockey, Track & Field, Golf, Volleyball
Team name Hurricanes[2]
Rival James Ford Rhodes Rams Lutheran High School West Longhorns
Newspaper The Hurricane's Eye (Currently Inactive)
Yearbook Eaglet
Athletic Director Ryan Kelber[2]
Phone Number 216-485-8162

Brooklyn High School is a public high school located in Brooklyn, Ohio. It is the only high school in the Brooklyn City School District.[3]

The school colors are royal blue and gold. The sports teams are named the Hurricanes or the 'Canes (Hurcs was also used as a nickname in the past). Athletically, the school is a member of the Patriot Athletic Conference (PAC-10), and a member of the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League (GCHSHL) for Hockey. The school was designated a Historic Rock and Roll Landmark in 1998 by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.[4]


In the 2008-2009 season, under its new coach, the team finished with a perfect 10-0-0 record in the GCHSHL's Blue Central Division, and went on to its first Conference Championship since 1993. This marked a major turnaround from the 2006-2007 season when the Hurricanes lost all 27 of their games, many by blowout scorelines such as 26-0 and 21-1.

Marching band

The Brooklyn Hurricane Marching Band, established in 1947, is a staple in the community. Approximately 25% of the high school student body is made up of marching band members. There has been an array of band directors with a different variety of marching styles. Currently the director is Mr. Sean Sullivan, with assistant director Robert Black, as well as Hurricette dance line advisor Kristen Sullivan. The band performs a wide variety of songs - classics such as "The Music of the Night" (2009) from the Phantom of the Opera, the popular Shaker hymn "Simple Gifts" (2005), or Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" (2008), to the official 2007 NBA song, "Right Now". The 2010 season featured songs such as "Thanks for the Memories" by Fall Out Boy, "Rhythm is Gonna Get You", "I'm Walking on Sunshine", and "Trooper Salute". The band has performed in the Magic Music Days program at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida in 2007, 2010, and 2014. The band also performed at the city's annual Home Days Festival before its cancellation in 2008. The band performs at many shows, band festivals, and competitions and is considered one of the most active bands in the conference.

Drama club

Brooklyn High School is home to a more extensive drama club than many other area schools of similar size. Musicals performed there include Don't Rock the Boat (1994), Little Shop of Horrors (1995), South Pacific (1996), Oklahoma! (1997), Anything Goes (1998), Cheaper by the Dozen (1998), and Fiddler on the Roof (1999). The drama club made its return, after taking a short absence, to BHS in 2002, with a performance of the musical Grease. The 2003 musical was the popular The Wizard of Oz, followed by 42nd Street in 2004, Footloose in 2005, and Disney's Beauty and the Beast in 2006. In March 2007, they wowed the audience with a performance of Cole Porter's Anything Goes. The 2008 musical production was Disney's famous High School Musical. It was followed by the 2009 performance of Seussical, a combination of famous Dr. Seuss selections. 2010 saw a performance of Once Upon a Mattress, followed by Little Shop of Horrors in 2011. In 2013 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was performed. The musical for 2014 is Annie and will be performed from March 6–8.[5]

Elvis visit

The school gained notoriety on October 20, 1955, when Elvis Presley performed in their auditorium. It was the first ever concert Elvis performed in the northern United States.[6] It is also believed to be the first filmed concert in Elvis' career. It would be nearly a year before he appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time.

Elvis was not the headliner at the concert organized by legendary Cleveland DJ Bill Randle. The other, more popular performers were Bill Haley & His Comets, The Four Lads, and Pat Boone.

On October 20, 2005, some of the acts returned to participate in an anniversary event for this visit. Among the acts were Priscilla Wright and Bill Haley's Original Comets. The BHS Chorale also performed a song with Priscilla Wright.

Notable Alumni


  1. 1.0 1.1 Brooklyn Board of Education, Brooklyn High School
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Retrieved 2010-02-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Scott, Jane (1998-10-28). "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum designates Brooklyn High School a national rock 'n' roll landmark; Elvis Presley performed at the school on Oct 20, 1955". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2009-02-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Haruo Hirose. "The Pied Piper Of Cleveland". Retrieved 2007-02-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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