Built in 1954 with additions in 1955, 1958, 1971 and 1994, Bedford High School provides more than 200 courses in 13 different areas, including college preparatory, Honors and Advanced Placement, and Career and Technology Education. These courses prepare students for higher education, technical or business fields, a vocation, and other careers.

More than 70 extra-curricular activities and a dozen athletic programs provide opportunities for leadership, community service, academic competition, and competitive sports.

Bedford High School's Bearcat Stadium features seating for 5,000 people, an eight-lane all-weather track, artificial-turf football field, state-of-the-art press box, and a services support building. This building contains locker rooms, a weight room, a concession area, restrooms, storage areas, team meeting room, and coaches' offices.

The stadium was made possible by passage of a 1.48-mill bond issue that also allowed for the installation of a new baseball diamond, soccer/football practice field, upgraded and lighted tennis courts, and an auxiliary gymnasium. In addition, improvements were made to the high school's music rooms, science labs, and business education facilties. Bearcat stadium and the other improvements were dedicated in August 1994.

During the summer 2003, extensive repairs were made to the front section of Bedford High School that was built in 1954. Contractors repaired the building's structural steel supports, removed deteriorated brick and stone, installed new brick, completed necessary mortaring and tuck-pointing, and installed new windows.

It is our mission at Bedford High School to prepare students to be lifelong learners who can easily adapt to change by equipping them with broad- based transferable skills, knowledge, and social competencies to meet the demands of a competitive global market.

Bedford High School is accredited by the North Central Association (NCA). NCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of education by holding the education profession to even-higher standards. To accomplish its mission, the NCA sets quality standards and engages schools in an accreditation process designed to assess those standards. This includes a periodic review of schools to evaluate learning programs and processes and to assure that schools are engaged in continuous improvement aimed at improving student performance. The accreditation process is done annually.

The North Central Association has accredited Bedford High School every year since at least the 1950s. In the 2004-2005 school year, Bedford High School established the following strategies to meet the NCA's goals for continuous improvement. They are as follows:



  • All students will improve study skills in all curriculum areas
  • All students will increasingly demonstrate respect for people and property through out the school

All students will improve critical thinking skills across the curriculum


Alma Mater
Let the banner of our High School
grace the heavens ever more.
We will carry on the honor
of the ones who went before.
Ever onward Alma Mater
on to glory, Bedford High

We go marching ever onward
up the road that leads on high;
Let the stories of our glories
be exploited to the sky.
Ever onward, Alma Mater
on to glory, Bedford High.
Fight Song
BEDFORD we raise our banner high.
Green and white we will fight for
Rah! Rah! Rah!
B.H.S. will win our quest.
Our glory shall not die.
We are the victors of Bedford High.

Bedford High School is proud to count many well-known individuals among its graduates.

Inducted April 1991:
Rollie (Roland) Geiger, Class of ’66, university track coach
Laura J. Nosek, Ph.D. , R.N., Class of ’55, nursing administrator
Arie Parks Taylor, Class of ’45, lobbyist and consultant
Hilary S. Taylor, Class of ’63, lawyer
Tim Taylor, Class of ’61, television news anchor
Eric A. Wagner, Class of ’59, sociology professor
Thomas E. Wagner, Class of ’60, genetics researcher
Marsha Waterbury, Class of ’67, stage and television actress

Inducted April 1992:
James L. Catanzaro, Ph.D. , Class of ’54, college administrator
Mary Elizabeth Cowan, M.T. , Class of ’25, forensics specialist
George Alec Effinger, Class of ’65, science fiction writer
Harold G. Marshall, Ph.D. , Class of ’47, marine biologist and professor
Jesse L. Parks, Jr., Ph.D. , Class of ’41, civil rights activist and professor
Walter A. Tiburski, Class of ’65, radio executive

Inducted April 1993:
Nancy Evelyn Cooke, M.D., Class of ’66, human genetics researcher
James D. Gatts, M.D. , Class of ’48, scientist, inventor, research physician
Charles J. Hora, Jr., Ph.D., Class of ’61, president of a major chemical company
Richard J. Hora, Class of ’63, leading researcher on super- conducting magnets
Jack E. Maxwell, Class of ’44, leader in the automotive and manufacturing industries
Richard Miller, Class of ’45, retired chairman and CEO of a major electric company
Dale Solly, class of ’67, television news anchor and reporter
Mary Ellen Weber, Ph.D. , Class of ’80, astronaut

Inducted April 1994:
Jimmy Dimora, Class of ’73, city/county government official
Laraine Heck, Class of ’61, lumber company executive
Michael F. Olszewski, Class of ’71, award-winning news anchor and reporter
Tom Shipley, Class of ’59, award-winning producer/director and songwriter (“One Toke Over the Line”)
Alan R. Shons, M.D., Ph.D. , Class of ’56, plastic surgeon and university professor
Donna M. Stusek, Class of ’69, assistant chief, Ohio Division of Litter Prevention
Tony Zingale, Class of ’74, computer software executive

Inducted May 1995:
James Decker, Class of ’72, commander, U.S. Coast Guard
Edmund J. Romito, Class of ’60, president of a funeral home chain
Edward T. Hardy, Class of ’65, radio executive
Robert L. Rickelman, Ph.D. , Class of ’70, reading researcher and college professor
Wendy L. Weagraff Stuhldreher, Ph.D., Class of ’70, research nutritionist and college professor

Inducted May 1996:
Sam Ake, Class of ’62, president of local businesses
Peter J. Junkin, Class of ’65, municipal court judge
Frank B. Krause, III, Class of ’41, civil engineer
Richard Manning, Class of ’71, television writer/producer
Terra Redus Brantley, Class of ’82, television news anchor and reporter
Richard J. (Dick) Squire, Class of ’32, local historian

Inducted May 1997:
Lt. David A. Klaase, Class of ’83, “Top Gun” Naval aviator
Raymond Nesbit, Class of ’30, leading wildlife conservationist
Rico F. Pallotta, Ph.D., Class of ’40, special education administrator
Jean Peters, Class of ’70, investor relations communicator
Christopher Valley, Class of ’75, police detective

Inducted April 1998:
Shirley A. Balogh, Class of ’66, President & CEO, Polk Co. (Fla.) Assn. for Handicapped Citizens
Lawrence P. Kennard, Class of ’64, financial planner
Bradley K. Kozar, Class of ’76, medical marketing executive
Mizell Steward, III, Class of ’83, reporter, editor, and book author
Carol Vystrcil Scott, Class of ’55, artist
Dennis Winger, Class of ’65, advocate for the disabled
Katherine L. Wisner, M.D., Class of ’70, researcher in women’s mental health

Inducted March 1999:
Roger W. Adams, Class of ’47, paint industry executive
Kimberlyn Drayton Black, Class of ’88, naval officer
James M. Krause, M.D. , Class of ’64, internist
Russell M. Peterson, Class of ’87, world-renowned saxophone player and college instructor
Dennis Santoli, Class of ’63, lawyer and health insurance company executive

Inducted March 2000:
Halle Berry, Class of ’84, movie actress
Harry Chambers, Class of ’64, public speaker, trainer, and author
Jeffrey L. Duber, Class of ’69, retired fire chief, City of Bedford
Robert B. Tannehill, M.D., Class of ’47, retired pediatrician

Inducted April 2001:
Rev. Edward T. Estok, Jr. , Class of ’76, administrative assistant to the Bishop
Dennis Rongers, Class of ’69, elite special operations, U.S. Navy
Daniel T. Taussig, Class of ’46, executive, graphic arts industry
Peter A. Zimmerman, Ph.D., Class of ’74, human genetics researcher

Inducted March 2002:
Deborah Erdos Knapp, Class of ’75, college professor
Carl J. Scharfenberg, Class of ’53, vice president, worldwide horticultural firm
Claude E. Weagraff, Class of ’42, teacher, administrator, Board of Education member

Inducted March 2003:
C. William Cosgrove, Class of ’81, President & CEO, mortgage- banking company
Rochelle Sears May, Class of ’86, Flight Software Engineer, NASA
Col. David D. Phillips, Class of ’76, Colonel, U.S. Army
Daniel S. Pocek, Class of ’63, Mayor, City of Bedford
Robin L. Polack (Boggs) , Class of ’81, Senior V.P., women’s clothing company
Dr. Tracy L. Ringo, Class of ’88, physician, U.S. army officer

Inducted March 2004:
Garth E. McAdoo, Class of 1950, real estate executive
Ruth Beaumont Cook, Class of 1962, civil war book author and corporate trainer in business writing
Richard E. Perry, Class of 1990, school administrator and missionary in Botswana, Africa
Ron Richer, Class of 1965, biomedical engineer
Sue Ake Balogh, Class of 1969, businesswoman and community volunteer
Dennis D. Blackburn, Class of 1960, Bedford High School principal

Inducted April 2005:
James V. Chambers, Ph.D., Class of 1953, food science expert and college professor.
James "Dell" Judd, Class of 1975, insurance and financial services consultant
Dr. Robert (Bob) Skillicorn, Class of 1961, periodontist and college dental instructor

Inducted March 2006
Richard Bell, Class of 1945, retired college law professor
John E. Chambers,Class of 1954, Colonel, retired, U.S. Air Force
Thomas A. Iannetta, A.T.,C. C.S.C.S.,Class of 1983, Athletic Trainer
Julius S. (Jay) Kerekes, Class of 1939, vice president – WEWS-TV5
Gregory L. King, Class of 1985, Director of Major Gifts (fundraising), Mt. Union College
Philip D. Switz, Class of 1983, caterer and restaurant owner

Inducted March 2007
Billy Donato, Class of 1975, Las Vegas entertainer
Gregory A. Duber, Sr.,Class of 1974, Bedford police chief
Kenneth F. Keslar,Class of 1977, Air Force colonel
David A. Kikel, Class of 1964, Washington D.C. Attorney
Dr. Angilique Pilar Redus-McCoy, Class of 1993, pediatrician
Darrin M. Redus, Sr., Class of 1984, banking executive
Evelyn Mayor Sawastuk, Class of 1946, Bedford Board of Education member and volunteer
Ann M. Walter, Class of 1992, New York fashion designer
Lynne Yurko, R.N., B.S.N., C.N.A., B.C., Class of 1971, Burn Center nurse manager

Inducted April 2008
Bryan L. Fredericks, Class of 1977, Las CEO, cardiology group
Ioanna Zisi Giatis Kessler, DO,Class of 1991, family physician and medical director
Roger Mason Fuhrmeyer,Class of 1951, retired art teacher and local artist
Diamond Miller Lewis, Class of 1997, TV news director and anchor
Elizabeth McNellie, Class of 1982, Columbus attorney
Kevin Nietert, Class of 1982, South Euclid police chief

Inducted March 2009:
Cynthia Mazer-Druckenbrod, Class of 1988, Horticulturalist, Cleveland Botanical Gardens
George Albro Warp, Class of 1931, University of Minnesota public affairs professor

Inducted March 2010:
Arline Burks Gant, Class of 1971, director/producer & award-winning costume designer
Martha A. (Romito) Motsco, Esq., Class of 1961, retired Bedford City Schools superintendent

Inducted April 2011:
Dr. Joanie Krause Esser, Class of 1973, Professor of Nursing, St. Petersburg College
Stefanie Brown, Class of 1999, National Field Director/Director, Youth and College Division, NAACP
Karl Warnke, Class of 1969, Chairman, President, and CEO, The Davey Tree Expert Co.
James N. Sutherin, Class of 1942, retired President, Sutherin-Melling Insurance Co.

Inducted April 2012:
Louis T. Graves, Jr., Class of 1988, senior manager for Macy's Corp., Inc.
Kris Nietert, Class of 1982, Deputy Chief of Police, City of Bedford, Ohio


Inducted March 2014:
Stanley C. Koci, Class of 1966, Mayor, City of Bedford, Ohio
Sam Meredith, Class of 1987, intertnationally acclaimed dancer
Alan L. Palgut, DC, Class of 1969, chiropractic spine specialist
Kenn L. Thellmann, Class of 1977, Chief of Police, Village of Walton Hills, Ohio


Inducted April 2016:

Dr. DoJuana Hairston (Jones), Class of 1986, Clinical Therapist
Alan J. Sutton, Class of 1974, President, Service-Tech Corporation
David Kennedy, Class of 2000, Founder/CEO, TrustedSec & Binary Defense Systems



Inducted October 1993:
Elmer H. Flick, baseball, 1963 inductee, National Baseball Hall of Fame
Albert DeLoreto, Class of ’37, track, football, baseball, basketball
Alfred F. Giunto, Class of ’40, track, football, baseball, basketball
John Biltz, Class of ’45, track, football, basketball
Tracy Toaz Kirsh, Class of ’82, swimming

Inducted October 1994:
Richard (Dick) Squire, Class of ’32, track
John Loeffler, Class of ’61, football
Robert Balogh, Class of ’62, football, basketball
Rollie Geiger, Class of ’66, track, basketball, cross-country, university track coach
Patrick Collins, Class of ’82, baseball
Sam Hott, BHS baseball coach, 1928-1953
Jim Rose, BHS basketball coach (16 years) and Bedford Schools’ Athletic Director, 1960-1985

Inducted October 1995:
Mike Daugherty, Class of ’72, basketball, football, baseball
Russell Horky, Class of ’37, football, baseball, basketball, track
Robert (Bob) Martin, Class of ’59, baseball, basketball
Joseph Santora, Class of ’61, football, basketball, baseball
Michael Salupo, Class of ’70, football, wrestling, baseball
Anita White Evans, Class of 82, volleyball, basketball, track
Ron Maciejowski, Class of ’67, football, basketball
James Phillippi, Class of ’61, football, basketball, track

Inducted May 1997:
Roosevelt Barnes, Class of ’71, basketball
Lawrence C. Barrett, Class of ’67, football
Stephen W. Kerlin, Class of ’51, football and wrestling
Judith McRitchie-Moore, Class of ’79, swimming

Inducted April 1998:
George Beshara, Bedford High School wrestling coach, 1946- 1967
Richard F. Carnevale, Class of ’67, football, basketball, golf
Robert Loeffler, Class of ’58, baseball, and Bedford High School baseball coach, 1963-1995
Mitchell M. Gerycz, Class of ’78, basketball and baseball, high school basketball coach

Inducted March 1999:
Karen Burkle Pace, Class of’81, track and cross country
Stephanie Fleming Dolejs, Class of “86, basketball, girls’ basketball coach
David Henderson, Class of ’35, football, basketball, baseball; high school and college coach; university athletic department administrator

Inducted March 2000:
Francis “Bud” McNellie, Bedford High School football coach, 1966- 1974
Joseph V. Mestnik, Class of ’61, state wrestling champ, wrestling, football, track

Inducted April 2001:
Graham Coghill, Class of ’61, high school wrestling coach
Richard Edge, Sr. , Class of ’63, football, wrestling, track

Inducted March 2002:
Eric Beverly, Class of ’92, player, National Football League

Inducted March 2003:
Timothy Adam Kerlin, Class of ’54 state wrestling champ, teacher, and coach

Inducted March 2004:
James M. Kucera, Class of 1955, two-time state wrestling champ

Inducted April 2005:
Jim Hodakievic, BHS Head Football Coach, 1982-2004
Gordon Kimberly, BHS Head Boys' Track Coach, 1986-'03, Head Boys' Cross Country Coach, 1974-'88
Florence Esogbue-Johnson, Class of 1982, BHS record-holder in track and state finals participant
Melissa (Sorensen) Andrews, Class of 1994, BHS record-holder in swimming and track

Inducted March 2006:
Mike Kovach,Class of 1966, BHS baseball and football player and Athletic Administrator
Sean E. Williams, Class of 1994, BHS track and football star and former Kansas City Chief

Inducted March 2007:
Jerome "Doc" Taylor, Class of 1996, basketball star

Inducted April 2008:
Anthony Byrd, Class of 1995, football, NFL player (New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals)
Nicole Renee Jackson, Class of 1982, volleyball, basketball, and track; state track qualifier

Inducted March 2009:
Michael B. Auerbach, Class of 1992, state wrestling champion
William J. Ennemoser, Class of 1968, state wrestling champion

Inducted March 2010:
Randy Cumley, Class of 1986, high school and college football standout
Carson P. Nietert, Class of 1959, three-year letterman in football, baseball, & basketball

Inducted April 2012:

Chris Chambers, Class of ’97, player, National Football League
Everett Heard, winning basketball, football, and track coach

Inducted April 2016
Erika L. Harper, Class of 1999, Professional Counselor, Certified Personal Trainer
James A. Green, Class of 1989, Duke University Head Men’s Golf Coach

Lee Evans, Class of ’99, player, National Football League

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Bedford High School
481 Northfield Road
Bedford, OH 44146  

Phone: 440-439-4848 
Fax: 440-439-4627
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