ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Marlington High School is comprised of three rural communities in the heart of the Alliance. And, while it might look like other Stark County high schools on the inside, what makes it different are the classes outside.
The Career Tech program is on site at Marlington High.
"You're going to see the diversity in what we have to offer kids," Principal Sam Pepper said. "Truly, we have something to offer to every student that enters our door."
Marlington is the first and only school in the state to offer a Gas and Oil Technology program. Students learn to operate heavy equipment used in the Gas and Oil Industry.
"We often work with the state level in developing this program that probably will spread to other schools," Principal Pepper added.
Other unique course work in the farming community include horticulture, landscaping, natural resources and vocational agriculture. Students learn everything from floral design to making waterfalls and walkways.
Brittany Johnson is a senior in the Natural Resources program.
"It's really different than most schools because this is a hands-on program. We prepare for what career field we're going to on into and you get college credit which is awesome," she said.
The school has shown repeated achievement in academics. Marlington High has received a state rating of Excellent for the past 10 years. The school has an extensive arts program. Dukes of Harmony is one of many musical groups at Marlington. It has an accomplished marching band, as well.
When it comes to athletics, about one in four students is involved in sports. Student athlete Jake Ryan said Marlington offers 18 Varsity sports.
"We take pride in all of them. We're doing very well this year. Football, we're ranked number one in the state. Soccer team just won our conference for the fourth consecutive year. Our boys and girls cross-country teams area also ranked in the state," he said.
Excelling in academics, the arts and athletics ... just some of the reasons that make Marlington High such a Cool School.