Collinwood Closing

JAVMAN83

Active member
Haven't seen a thread on this yet, but I read on Cleveland.com that the Cleveland Public School District is planning to close Collinwood at the end of this year after 93 years in business. Their plan is consolidate Collinwood and MLK into Glenville, but from what I read, multiple gang-related conflicts could come to a head if this happens. Anyone from that part of the world care to comment?
 

JAVMAN83

Active member
Anyone who knows the Collinwood history, it has been a history of much success in the track & field. Their first athlete to place in the state tournament was in 1929 - Alexander Zych, senior, placed 5th in the 1929 Class A 220yd low hurdles (30"), scoring 1 point.
 

Mr. Slippery

Well-known member
I'm obviously a NEO resident but not a Clevelander, but I can tell you that enrollment within the Cleveland Public Schools continues to decrease to the point that it's time for another round of closing buildings. Glenville was a contender in the DI football playoffs within the past decade and has since seen its male enrollment decrease to the point that they would be DIV if not for competitive balance pushing them back into DIII. Collinwood is next door to Glenville (to the east), so it makes geographic sense that they would merge.

I cannot speak to the social or political ramifications of such a merger, but they can be tricky to execute for a variety of reasons. Incidentally, Collinwood was banned from the OHSAA postseason in all sports either last year or the year before after the school failed to meet the OHSAA's membership requirement of fielding at least 2 athletic teams during each of the 3 sports seasons. Collinwood is not currently an OHSAA member school but is listed as a DIV football program for computer points purposes, so that gives some idea of the school's current enrollment. Their girls track program started to go downhill when Coach Slapnik retired after either the 2010 or 2011 season.
 
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