Award Year: 2014

Ironton High School

1701 South 7th Street
Ironton, OH, 45638-2262

(740) 532-3911

Mr. Joseph D. Rowe, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Ironton City Schools

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Ironton High School believes that all students should be provided the opportunity to learn. Our mission is to prepare students academically, ethically, physically and socially.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 7%
  • White: 88%
  • Two or more races: 5%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Physics students studying effects of electrostatics.

Physics students studying effects of electrostatics.

Ironton, Ohio is a small river city in the foothills of Appalachia. Ironton High School serves 400 students with high expectations and a staunch support system. The school functions as the center of pride in the community of 11,000.

Over sixty percent of Ironton High School students are of low socioeconomic status. Ironton High School has shown remarkable success in guiding all students to meet academic benchmarks. It has made great strides in closing the achievement gap within the school’s sub-populations. In recognition of this achievement, Ironton High School was named a 2013 Ohio State Superintendent School of Promise.

The keys to Ironton High School’s success are teamwork, technology, and instructional technique. The school employs and trains highly qualified faculty in an environment that is equipped with the latest in educational technology. The school has adopted the use of research-proven instructional techniques, and deems teamwork as having the utmost importance. The administration has developed and implemented a schedule that allows for collaboration time at the departmental and grade levels. This also allows for high quality professional development during the school day and focused intervention for students identified as at-risk of academic failure.

All students at Ironton High School are enrolled in a Journeys to College class. This class stresses pre-ACT practice as well as college exploration and post-secondary options. Seventy-two percent of the graduating class of 2013 is currently enrolled in post-secondary education with an additional sixteen percent seeking post-secondary diplomas or special certifications.