Shaw High School

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Shaw High School in East Cleveland opened in 1838 thanks to a donation made by Sarah Shaw after the death of her husband John. Since they had no children, she decided to give back to her rural community by donating some of the family's farmland for use as a school yard. Since then, Shaw High School has taken a number of physical forms, but it continues to be located on the Shaw's old farmland along upper Euclid Avenue.

Shaw Stadium - a half-mile northwest of Shaw High - was built in 1923 and served as the home of the National Football League's Cleveland Rams (the city's first professional football team) in 1938. Spectators at football games there today are sure not to miss a performance from Shaw High School's world renowned marching band. In 2008, the band made headlines after traveling to China to perform at ceremonies for the Beijing Summer Olympics.

Audio Show

Shaw's 19th Century Roots

Sandra Brown, a Principal at Shaw High School, describes the founding of Shaw in 1838

One Of The Largest Stadiums

Sandra Brown of Shaw High School provides a history of Shaw Stadium

The "Old" Shaw

Sandra Brown describes the old Shaw High School building

The Shaw Band Goes To China

Sandra Brown discusses the Shaw High School Marching Band trip to China for a pre-Olympics celebration

Photos Show

Shaw Academy Basketball Team, 1906

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Shaw Academy Letter Head

The back caption of this photo reads: "Shaw Academy's first brick building."

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Shaw High School exterior, 1933

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Marching Band, 1976

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Shaw High Radio WSRS, ca. 1950

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Shaw on "Academic Challenge," 1977

Shaw students compete on "Academic Challenge," a TV game show featuring local high schools. The show first aired on WEWS in the 1960s.

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Biology Class, 1953

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Shaw Band Members, ca. 1940s

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“Shaw High School,” Cleveland Historical, accessed September 1, 2014, http:/​/​clevelandhistorical.​org/​items/​show/​84.​
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