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Massillon Tigers

Paul Brown Tiger Stadium filled to capacity during the annual Massillon Tiger-Canton Mckinley football game
The name Massillon is most notably associated with the Massillon Washington High School football team, the Tigers. Distinguished Massillon alumni include former Ohio State University, Cleveland Browns, and Cincinnati Bengals coach Paul Brown,[66] and former Ohio State University player and former NFL All-Pro linebacker Chris Spielman.[67] The Tigers are historically one of the winningest high school football teams in the United States, second only to Valdosta High School in Valdosta, Georgia.[68] Along with the Canton McKinley High School Bulldogs, the Tigers represent one half of what many consider to be the greatest high school football rivalry in the nation.[69] Both Massillon and their fierce rivalry with Canton are subjects of the 2001 documentary film Go Tigers!.[70]

Paul Brown Tiger Stadium

A look inside the Paul L. David Athletic Center located next to Paul Brown Tiger Stadium
The construction of Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon was completed in 1939 through the Works Progress Administration program.[13] The stadium currently holds 16,884 people[71] and is named after former Tiger player and head coach Paul Brown. Besides being the regular season home of the Massillon Tiger Football team, the stadium hosts numerous Ohio High School Athletic Association state football playoff games as well as divisional championship games.[72] The stadium also hosts the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame drum and bugle corps competition.[73] The stadium is marked with a historical marker dedicated to Paul Brown and his contribution to the sport [74]

Paul L. David Athletic Training Center
Massillon's Paul L. David Athletic Training Center was built in 2008 by local philanthropist Jeff David in honor of his late father. The 3 million dollar, 80,000 square foot building is the largest indoor football practice facility in the state of Ohio, 20,000-square-feet larger than the facility used by the NFL's Cleveland Browns.[75][76]

City of Champions
The Massillon Tigers have accumulated 22 state AP championships and 9 national AP championships during the school's history. As of 2012, the Tigers have accumulated an overall record of 837-249-35, a performance not approached by any Ohio high school football team. In the years since the Ohio high school playoff system was instituted in 1972, the Tigers have accumulated a current record of 316-117-4. The Tigers have made the playoffs 19 times, the final four six times, and the final championship game three times. There have been 23 professional players, 3 NFL coaches, and 14 collegiate all-Americans that have graduated from Massillon Washington High School.[77]

Tiger Swing Band

Tiger Swing Band performing during halftime
The Massillon Tiger Swing Band was created by the legendary George "Red" Bird in 1938 during the Paul Brown era of Massillon football. The band became known as "The Greatest Show in High School Football" and is still a very important part of the Massillon football tradition. The band's swing style includes moving formations and musicians marching with a swing step. The Tiger Swing band begins every home football game with the traditional hometown songs of Massillon Will Shine, Stand Up and Cheer (to acknowledge the other team), the National Anthem, Eye of the Tiger and the WHS Alma Mater. At the beginning of each half time show, they perform what is known as "Opening Routine." This is a tradition that goes back for decades and consists of the band's entrance ("Turn Arounds") followed by Fanfare, Tiger Rag and Carry On. This entire routine is marched at 180 beats per minute and is practiced from the beginning of the rehearsals through the entire season.[78]

ESPN Titletown U.S.A finalist
In July 2008 Massillon was nominated as one of only twenty cities nationwide as a finalist in ESPN's "Titletown U.S.A" contest.[79] On July 21, a rally was held at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium while ESPN filmed a segment that was aired on SportsCenter. Massillon finished fourth in the voting behind Valdosta, Georgia; Parkersburg, West Virginia; and Green Bay, Wisconsin.[80]

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