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October 2009

What’s New · Rivalries, Championships and Legends: 100 Years of Cincinnati High School Football Exhibit

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Held in conjunction with the newly released book Cincinnati Schoolboy Legends by John Baskin and Lonnie Wheeler, the exhibit Rivalries, Championships and Legends: 100 Years of Cincinnati High School Football, highlights our community's rich football heritage.

Exhibit Highlights

The exhibit includes memorabilia from local high schools, including photographs, trophies and autographed helmets, yearbooks, programs, letter sweaters, and pennants. Curated by local historian Michael OBryant and Genealogy & Local History Department librarian Sara Curtis, the exhibit combines materials from the Library’s collection and the archives of local high school athletic departments and alumni associations. It chronicles the first interscholastic football game played in the area: Hughes vs. Woodward in 1878. Also on display is the 1895 Bartlett Trophy from Walnut Hills High School, the winner of the first official city high school championship. A sample of some of the items from the exhibit is available on our Virtual Library. The exhibit will be on view in the Cincinnati Room at the Main Library from October 24, 2009 through January 24, 2010.

Rivalries, Championships and Legends pays tribute to local players who went on to distinguished careers, among them: Roger Staubach (Purcell); Bob Crable (Moeller); Carlos Snow (Cincinnati Academy of Physical Education); Dave Foley and John Socko Wiethe (Roger Bacon); Mike Sensibaugh (Lockland); Bob Hoernschemeyer (Elder); Ray Nolting (Hughes); Harlan Barnett (Princeton); Walter Johnson, Cid Edwards, Al Nelson and Carl Ward (Taft High School); Ahmed Plummer (Wyoming); Glenn Sample (Western Hills); Marc Edwards (Norwood); Greg Stemrick (Lincoln Heights); and Dana Stubblefield (Taylor).

Slideshow of images from the exhibit

Related Panel Discussion & Program

Schoolboy Legends Panel Discussion · Main Library Reading Garden · Saturday, November 28 · 2:00 p.m.

Players, coaches, and sports writers will swap stories about Cincinnati's rich heritage of high school football during a panel discussion featuring the authors of Cincinnati Schoolboy Legends.

After the panel discussion, meet the authors and have them sign a copy of Schoolboy Legends while watching football flicks and enjoying pizza and beverages courtesy of LaRosas Pizzeria, a long-time supporter of local sports. Copies of the book will be available for purchase in the Friends Shop.

Related Videos and Podcast

Local sportscaster Betsy Ross chats with Schoolboy Legends co-authors John Baskin and Lonnie Wheeler and others in a series of video segments on Their conversation begins with the early roots of Cincinnati's football history and hits the highlights all the way forward to today's premier football programs and personalities.

Related Resources in the Library's Collection

Schoolboy Legends Schoolboy Legends



Historic Cincinnati newspapers including the Commercial Tribune, Enquirer, Gazette, Post and Times-Star are housed in the Magazines and Newspapers Department at the Main Library.


Local high school and college yearbooks and alumni directories are housed in the Genealogy and Local History Department at the Main Library.

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