Countdown: 51 Days Until Ohio State Football

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IH8UOFM's picture

Man....the closer we get to kickoff the more I think my High School didn't make the cut. Feelsbadman. The suspense every morning keeps me coming back though. Kudos Remy, love this format!

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jmmysms's picture

I was good friends with Nate Harris sister. I had hoped he would have a successful career. Playing behind Cris Carter was a challenge.

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Earle's picture

Buckeye Hoopster Grady Mateen attended Central Hower in the 1980s.  I believe he started his college hoops career with John Thompson Sr. at Georgetown before transferring to the Buckeyes.

Remy, were you able to find any info on Akron High School or Akron Central HS?  These were the predecessors to Central Hower before it merged with Hower Vocational school.

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Ludwig Yards's picture

From Wiki:

The original Central building on Forge Street opened in 1886 and was initially named Akron High School. It was renamed Central High School in 1911 when the Akron Board of Education opened South High School. Hower Vocational School was named after M. Otis Hower (1858–1916), an Akron manufacturing leader who was an officer of the American Cereal Co. and multiple other enterprises. The school began in Perkins Elementary in 1927 and phased out the younger kids before becoming accredited in August 1935 as a vocational school. Prior to the merger, the Central Wildcats and Hower Buccaneers competed in the Akron City Series.

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Floyd Stahl's picture

I ran into Grady one night at the old Continent movie theater on the north side while he was still a Buckeye. Seemed like a nice guy.

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Earle's picture

Did you knock him over? 

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Ludwig Yards's picture

Buckeye all-American HB Don Clark was a Central grad. 

Don Clark (born December 27, 1936) is a former all-star running back in the Canadian Football League.

Clark played his college football with the powerhouse Ohio State Buckeyes. Playing from 1956 to 1958, he was integral part of their 1957 Rose Bowl victory and national championship. An All-American, he was drafted in the first round by the Chicago Bears, even though he was injured.

Canada was Clark's preferred destination, and he signed with the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1959. After rushing for 343 yards, he couldn't agree on contract terms with Ottawa, and was traded to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who promptly dealt him to the Montreal Alouettes.

Clark was part of dynamic backfield with the Larks, sharing the ball with CFL great George Dixon. He rushed for 902 yards in 1960 (Dixon had 976) and 1143 yards in 1961, when he selected as an Eastern All Star. Injuries took their toll during his last two years, as played only 12 games and rushed for 435 and 447 yards (while Dixon won the MVP award rushing for 1520 yards.) Clark retired in 1964, only 27 years old, due to knee, rib and kidney injuries

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Floyd Stahl's picture

I've always thought the airport was named after this guy but I'm probably wrong.

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Matt Gutridge's picture

Floyd,
You're close. Ohio State's airport is named after Don Scott (scroll down a little). He died while training to be a pilot for WWII and the newly constructed university airport was named in his honor. Canton also named its airport and football field after Scott.

RollRedRoll's picture

(Famous names you may know: Other than the Buckeyes  listed above, nobody of note.) 

Thats harsh. 

So if this was a Division III school when it closed, where did they ship all the kids? 

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