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  Mission Statement  

Southern Local Vision

Our vision of the future of Southern Local will place an emphasis on an education that involves students, teachers, parents, and the community. To work toward this end we will provide a safe, secure, accepting environment, and a curriculum that is student centered and challenging: all within a moral atmosphere.


Southern Local Mission

Our school district will work in partnership with the students, teachers, parents, business, and community to improve student academic performance to a level that allows them to be contributing members of society. Students will acquire, during time spent in our protected environment, the skills necessary for working, living, and learning in a technologically demanding world. We will also foster the development of self-reliance and social responsibility.

  About The School  

About the District

The Southern Local School District encompasses 106 square miles in the southwestern corner of Columbiana County. The students are all joined together in one building, which includes the Junior/Senior High (7-12), Intermediate (3-6), and the Primary (K-2). The students population is approximately 900. A qualified staff of approximately 65 teachers serves all students. This K-12 complex is served by two principals, and one associate principal.


History of Southern Local Jr. Sr. High School

Salineville Schools

In 1962, Gene Jarvis and Mr. Higgenbotham (the football coach) organized a support group for Salineville Schools' sport programs. The group wanted the fans to know what was happening on the field. Gene became the "Voice of the Mighty Indians" until 1980. The group built a press tower for the football field in Salineville. The press box was also used to film the games.

The New Southern Local School District

The Southern Local School District was created and a new high school building was built. The new High School was a 49,952 s.f. 1962 building which they used for grades 9-12. The new Southern Local High School opened in 1963. The boosters built a new football field near the new High School. The new football field was named the Wigwam Stadium. The Wigwam Stadium as ready for the 1963 football season. In 1991, Southern Local High School became Southern Local Jr. Sr. High School. Modular classrooms were added to the high school and used for grades 7-12.

Southern Local Jr. Sr. High, 2002

In January 2002, the Board of Education and Administrators broke ground to begin work on the new K-12 complex. By January of 2004 the new Southern Local K-12 complex was completed.


The Community

The Southern Local District encompasses the rural communities of Gavers, Highlandtown, Millport, Salineville, and Summitville. The district is located approximately 30 miles east of Canton, 35 miles south of Youngstown, and 25 miles north of Steubenville. Major employers in the district are Summitville Tile, Inc., producers of ceramic tile, Huntington Bank, Inc., a large regional financial institution with branches thoughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, JPI Group, plastic recycling industry, and Alpine Natural Springs, providers of bottled water. The Southern Local School District combines a rural atmosphere with the advantages of nearby metropolitan areas. Our vision of Southern Local will place an emphasis on an education that involves students, teachers, parents, and the community. To work toward this end, we will provide a safe, secure, and accepting environment, with a curriculum that is student centered and challenging: all within a moral atmosphere.


Tradition

The music for the Southern Local Alma Mater and Fight Song were composed by Oscar Gartrell in 1963. Mr. Gartrell is a former band director and teacher of Southern Local. The words for the Alma Mater were written by Sally Griffith. The words of the Fight Song were written by the cheerleaders; Kathy Rose, Sherry Mercer, Jackie Needham, Bonnie Chevorant, Patty Briceland, and Loretta Phillips.

Dear Southern, how we love thee,

to thee we shall be true.

All hail our high school colors

of grand old gold and blue.

We're always there to cheer thee,

what e're the deed may be.

To our grand old alma mater,

we'll always honor thee.

Below are the words to the orginal Alma Mater for Salineville High School, before it became our current Southern Local. 

Lying in Ohio's hills

Is our fair Alma Mater

Bounded by Her rocks and rills,

Salineville is Her name.

Sing to Her, cheer to Her,

Our Alma Mater true. 

Here our hearts are filled with joy,

All hail the Gold and Blue.