Stivers School for the Arts

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Stivers School for the Arts
Stivers School for the Arts
1313 E. Fifth St.


Coordinates 39°45′33″N84°10′31″W / 39.759167°N 84.175278°W / 39.759167; -84.175278 Coordinates: 39°45′33″N84°10′31″W / 39.759167°N 84.175278°W / 39.759167; -84.175278
School typePublic Magnet Secondary School
MottoGiving Our Best Performance
School board Dayton City Schools District
SuperintendentElizabeth Lolli
PrincipalGerry Griffith
Staff52 (FTE) [1]
Enrollment883 (2017–18) [1]
Student to teacher ratio16.98 [1]
Language English
Area Urban
Color(s)Orange and Black   
Athletics conference Dayton City League
Mascot Tiger
Team nameStivers Tigers
NewspaperThe Tiger Times

Stivers School for the Arts is a magnet school in the Dayton City Schools in Dayton, Ohio, USA, in the St. Anne's Hill Historic District neighborhood. It is a public middle and high school that focuses on education in the visual and performing arts. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Stivers among America's best high schools. [2]



Stivers Manual Training High School was built in 1908 at 1313 East 5th Street in Dayton. It was designed by renowned Dayton architect Charles Insco Williams. The original building is Dayton Publics oldest operating school.

It was Stivers High School until 1974 when it merged with Patterson Co-op High School and then in the mid-1980s it became a middle school. The last class to graduate as Stivers High School was 1976. It became both a middle and high school in the mid-1990s, graduating its first (new) high school class in 2000.


Stivers was renovated and the students went temporarily to the Homewood Campus. The current Stivers reopened on October 29, 2008. The class of 2008 was the first class to graduate from the renovated building. Students enter Stivers at the 7th grade level by audition and may stay until they graduate in 12th grade. The school currently has around 920 students in grades 7-12.


Stivers offers programs in piano, band, orchestra, dance, theatre, creative writing, choir, and visual arts as well as a full range of quality academics. Special features of the Arts programs include weekly, individualized instruction, special seminars, master classes and extensive opportunities for performance and creative expression. Students are provided instruction through one-on-one contact with many of the community's leading professional and performing artists.

Art themes are integrated into the general curriculum.

Milton Caniff is a famous Stivers alumnus. He was a cartoonist and at times in his cartoons referenced a high school called St. Ivers, a reference to his alma mater. Stivers honored Caniff's legacy by renaming part of South Clinton Street (adjacent to Fifth St.) "Milton Caniff Drive".

Curriculum and activities

Courses in arts magnet areas include:

seedling Foundation

The seedling Foundation is a non-profit organization established to benefit Stivers School for the Arts. The foundation's purpose is to support the Arts Programs at Stivers by providing funds for guest artists, scholarship programs, and other educational pursuits. The organization consists of parents, alumni, and community leaders. Donations are accepted by the seedling Foundation for the current capital campaign.


Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships

Notable alumni

Notable faculty

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