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Huber Heights City Schools (HHCS) serves more than 5,800 students in grades PK-12 at one pre-school, five elementary schools, one junior high school, and one senior high school. The district's mission statement, "Empowering our students to be academically and socially prepared for their futures through the support of excellent teachers and staff, families, and community partners," directs our efforts to provide our students with a wide range of educational opportunities.
Wayne High School offers a variety of classes to challenge students academically. Students can take Honors classes and they also have the opportunity to earn college credits by taking Advanced Placement and College Credit Plus classes. Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a STEM career development program, is also offered at Wayne with students being able to take courses in Engineering, Biomedical and Computer Sciences.
Weisenborn Junior High School offers advanced level courses as well as a select number of classes for high school credit. Weisenborn offers the following PLTW courses: Intro to Computer Science (8th), Medical Detectives (8th) and Design & Modeling (7th).
The five elementary schools in the district, Charles Huber, Monticello, Rushmore, Valley Forge, and Wright Brothers, are exposed to art, physical education, music and technology. Elementary students continually get a head start on developing their computer literacy skills. Students in grades PK-12 also have access to technology including SMART Boards in every classroom. Our youngest students attend a five-star rated preschool (the highest rating from the State of Ohio) and then enter all-day, every day kindergarten.
Elementary students engage in courses that aid their understanding and management of social and emotional learning. The courses enhance their capacity to integrate skills, attitudes and behaviors to effectively deal with tasks and challenges.
HHCS has unique class offerings for students with specific interests. The district partners with Miami Valley Career Technical Center to offer two year vocational and technical programs so students can earn an entry-level job after graduating high school. Training is available in 40 areas including business ownership, health occupations, and industrial technology. In addition, gifted services are available for students meeting the criteria. A Resource Room is accessible to students in grades 2-6 for superior cognitive abilities and students in grades 2-8 can be cluster grouped in specific academic areas. HHCS provides services to meet the needs of students with a disability and English language learners.
HHCS also has numerous extra-curricular activities to suit practically every interest. Students can join the Air Force Junior ROTC where they can explore aviation, space, physical training, or military drills. There are 24 sports teams at Wayne and 12 at Weisenborn for students to join. Aside from sports, there’s a variety of clubs available for students starting in elementary school through high school. HHCS students have the opportunity to participate in different levels of band and choir at Wayne and Weisenborn as well as having band and choir available to elementary students as a club.
In addition to music education, HHCS enriches its students artistically through its Fine Arts Department. Elementary and junior high students have access to classes on the fundamentals of art. Students at Wayne can explore more specialty subjects in art including Advanced Ceramics and Drawing.
With all of the academic opportunities available at HHCS, the district is no stranger to being recognized for special awards. Awards include:
- Weisenborn being one of two middle schools in Montgomery County and one of 110 middle schools across the nation to be named a PLTW Distinguished School for having an outstanding STEM career program;
- Weisenborn earning the Harold C. Shaw Outstanding School Award reflecting a ratio of students participating in State Science Day and Superior ratings earned;
- Five buildings (Rushmore, Valley Forge, Wayne, Weisenborn, and Wright Brothers) earning the prestigious Purple Star Designation from the Ohio Department of Education for being a military-friendly school showing a major commitment to serving students and families connected to our nation’s armed forces.
HHCS acts on its mission statement every day: from the wide variety of academic opportunities, to numerous extra-curricular activities for just about every interest, and to being recognized for going above and beyond academically. HHCS graduates learn how to work together, how to lead, and how to advocate for their ideas. They know how to responsibly use the technology that powers the 21st century. They have been taught how to think critically and creatively. At HHCS we proudly display our Warrior Pride by having our students learn today so they’re prepared for tomorrow.
History of Huber Heights
The current history of Huber Heights as a community is largely shaped by its past. Prior to becoming incorporated as the city of Huber Heights, the community was named Wayne Township in honor of Maj. Gen. Anthony Wayne.
The start of the most major transformation to hit the township since its original founding occurred in 1956. In that year, Charles H. Huber started the first privately owned utility company in Ohio and launched the construction of a large plat of brick, single-family homes. From 1956 to 1992, Huber Homes built a total of 10,707 single-family homes and 2,258 multifamily units in the community. The late 1950's also saw the construction of Interstate 70 through the northern section of the township, an event that also would have a major impact on the future development of the community.
In 1960, the township's population had risen dramatically, to 12,022. By 1970, this figure had leaped to nearly 28,000. Today, the population is over 40,000. The fact that Huber Heights developed initially as a satellite “bedroom” community of Dayton accounts for the fact that Huber Heights doesn't have a clearly defined downtown area.
The 1990s brought a surge in commercial and industrial development around the various residential plats. The North Heights Plaza and Northpark Center brought numerous retail and commercial establishments that expanded the shopping opportunities for the residents.
In 1994, the city also saw the development of the Center Point 70 Commerce Park, and between 1994 and 1998 more than 15 manufacturing businesses opened, employing over 1,700 people. In 1998, nearly 700 businesses called Huber Heights home.
As the city has grown over the years, both in population and commercial/industrial development, it has developed an identity for itself revolving around the community festivals, and the local school system, with Wayne High School as the flagship educational institution in the city.