Home of Champions: Huber councilman wants signs touting Wayne’s success

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Home of Champions: Huber councilman wants signs touting Wayne’s success

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Wayne’s Xeyrius Williams (left) celebrates with Trey Landers. Wayne defeated Westerville South 65-57 to win the boys high school basketball Division I state championship at OSU’s Schottenstein Center on Saturday, March 28, 2015. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Wayne High School has notched seven state championships since 1975 — and Huber Heights Councilman Glenn Otto wants all who pass the city’s border to know it.

Otto proposes promoting the high school’s state championships and runner-up places — Wayne has earned seven, each — through public signage at the city boundaries, as is common in many communities across Ohio.

“There’s a big movement right now to create a little bit more civic pride with the schools,” Otto said, noting he had a meeting recently with Wayne Principal Jeff Berk to see “what we could do in a coordinated effort to put out the fact that we have so many accomplishments from our students, especially in the athletic arena.”

Otto said he would like to do the project on the “cheap and quick” with signs made in-house. Most council members present at a work session Tuesday expressed openness to the idea. Councilwoman Janell Smith added she would like to ensure Bethel Local Schools are represented, too, in her ward.

The next step, Otto said, will be reaching out to see how much signs would cost to produce in-house. Additionally, the councilman said he would like to see if students can be involved in the process of designing the signs.

Here’s a look at some of the accomplishments that could be featured on the signs:

State Champions

Men’s Basketball - 2015

Men’s Bowling - 2016

Men’s Gymnastics - 1973, 1975, 1976

Men’s Track - 1995, 2000

State Runner Up

Football - 1999, 2010, 2014, 2015

Men’s Soccer - 1993

Men’s Track - 2002

Wrestling - 1999

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