The Canton City School District has a proud tradition of athletic excellence. We offer 23 varsity high school sports and 13 middle school sports. We work to maximize accessibility for all. We will not only coach skills needed to be successful in the specific activity, but also to be successful citizens of our community. We model the value of community service and of giving back and we work to inspire students to dream of the “doors” that sports can open for them.
Fall (2019) : 250 athletes
Winter (2018-19) : 160 athletes
Spring (2018-19) : 178 athletes
2018-19 Athletic Scholarship Signees
Jasper Robinson (FB) - Kent State University
Kierstan Bell (GBK) - Ohio State University
Alijah Curtis (FB) - Army
Jordan Gardener (FB) - Wheeling Jesuit
Andrew McClellan (FB) - Saginaw Valley St.
Vanessa Sales (GBK) - Malone
Davis Reinhard (TR) - Tiffin
McKinley Football 2019:
Outright Federal League Champs
County and Federal League Coach of the Year Marcus Wattley
Alijah Curtis was presented with the 2019 Art Teynor Award by the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association at their annual awards banquet in Columbus.
The Art Teynor Award is awarded to the top player in the state and considers athletic, academic, and character components in the selection process.
Alijah is the first Stark County player to win the award since McKinley's Kenny Peterson won it in 1997. Alijah will Head to West Point in the fall and play football for Army.
Kierstan Bell named a 3-time Miss Ohio Basketball and to the McDonald’s All America Team in 2019. She is the first woman and only the second McKinley player to be chosen for this honor.
McKinley sophomore Marissa Kurzinsky finished 10th in the OHSAA Div 1 State Diving Meet and All-Ohio Honors with her performance.
McKinley bowlers, both the Girls and Boys Varsity, qualified to Districts as a team and the Boys Varsity won the Federal League for the third straight year.
Brooke Tucker, Cody Forrester, and Jacob Keim made 1st Team Federal League and Federal League All Conference.
Lauren Barth and Isaiah Heaton made 2nd Team Federal League and Federal League All Conference.
Nate Stephens made Honorable Mention for Federal League and 2nd Team Federal League All Conference.
Congratulations and thank you to Head Coach Kim Heaton, and the staff of Chris Albrecht, Rebecca Shrewsbury, Brett Heaton, and Wiley Currence for your dedication!
McKinley senior Wrestler Micha Clemson became a two-time state qualifier.
McKinley senior Davis Reinhard, competed last week at the indoor state track championships in the pole vault. His qualifying height was 13' 4". The McKinley record is 14' feet.
Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium
Formerly, Fawcett Stadium, which was completed in 1939 and demolished in 2016, Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium was dedicated in August of 2017. The stadium is the annual host of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Game and hosts the OHSAA State Football Championships. This NFL caliber stadium is the home field of the McKinley Bulldogs thanks to our partnership with the PFHOF.
Canton Memorial Field House
Opened in 1950, the historic Canton Memorial Field House is home to the McKinley basketball and volleyball teams. It was designed by the Osborn Engineering Company of Cleveland, a firm well-established in stadium design; other projects by Osborn included New York's original Yankee Stadium, Milwaukee County Stadium, Chicago's Comiskey Park, and Cleveland Municipal Stadium. It was built by the Melbourne Brothers Construction Company, whose other contributions to Canton include the Bliss Tower, the Timken Stables and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Field House hosts McKinley home basketball and volleyball games, along with countless OHSAA tournament games, concerts, and community events.
In 2018, the district, in partnership with the Greater Canton Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, was proud to host the Ohio Historical Marker dedication ceremony to commemorate a speech given by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Canton Memorial Field House on March 20, 1964.
C.T. Branin Natatorium
The “Nat.', as it is commonly referred to as, was completed in 1974. It features seating for 2400 spectators, eight 25 yard lanes and eight 50 meter lanes. It has a 14 foot diving area with two one meter diving boards and one three meter diving board. It has been the home of the OHSAA Boys State Swim Competition since 1976 and the Girls since 1980. This event is currently contracted through 2025.
Frank “Turk” Alberta Locker Room
The 26,500 sq.ft. facility is equipped with a state-of-the-art weight room, training room, freshman, varsity & seasonal locker rooms, equipment room and multiple sport staff offices.
Student athletes and coaches will began using the facility in August of 2020. The Frank “TURK” Alberta Locker Room is located at 2323 17th St., NW, Canton, OH 44708
2019 FALL ATUDENT/ATHLETE HONOREES
All NE Ohio Inland District
Offensive Player of the Year-Lameir Garrett
Coach Of the Year- Marcus Wattley, Sr.
All Stark County-WHBC
WHBC Team MVP- Lameir Garrett
WHBC Coach of the Year- Marcus Wattley, Sr.
All Federal League
Player of the Year-Lameir Garrett
Coach Of the Year- Marcus Wattley, Sr.
All County- Repository
Girls Soccer: Brittany Gardner
Boys Soccer- Pruitt Mil
First Team-Pruitt Miller
Honorable Mention-Ty Ohlinger
First Team-Asia Henderson
First Team All Stark County-Asia Henderson
Honorable Mention All Stark County- Khali Petrik
Second Team District IV
HM District IV
Second Team Singles: