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The History of Madison-Plains Local School District

The Madison-Plains School District was formed by combining the Madison South District and The Plains District.   Administratively, this occurred in 1968 but the two districts continued to use their own names, schools, and classes until the 1971-1972 school year. This year, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the completion of the two districts merging together.

The Madison South high school building became the first Madison-Plains High School with the first graduates being the Class of 1972. The building still exists and currently houses students in grades 4 - 6 in what is now called Madison-Plains Intermediate School.

At the time of the merger, The Plains high school building (Mt. Sterling) became a middle school and other schools throughout the district were reassigned. The other school buildings at that time include Fairfield, Midway, Madison Rural, and South Solon.

The school colors were voted upon by the students of each school. The Plains used the colors Blue and White and Madison South used the colors Scarlet and Gray. The students overwhelmingly voted to adopt the new colors of Forest Green and Gold and the Fighting Eagle as the mascot. Soon after, the mascot became the Golden Eagle. The official school colors were adopted by the board of education in 2019 as Hunter Green and Athletic Gold.

Originally, the school fight song selected was “Across the Field” which was Ohio State’s fight song. In 1989, the fight song was changed to the current song “Stand Up and Cheer.” At some point in the late 1990’s or early 2000’s, the words to the fight song were changed from the original line that read “our boys are fighting” to “our team is fighting.”

In November 1976, a bond issue was passed for the construction of a new high school to be built on the existing school farm.  The building opened for classes in 1978 with the first graduates as the Class of 1979. At the time that the current high school was opened, three classrooms and a library were also added to the old Madison South building and it became a middle school until 2011 when the existing elementary schools were closed.

In the 1978-1979 school year, the South Solon building was closed and the following buildings realigned to hold classes for students in Kindergarten through 5th-grade: Fairfield, Mt. Sterling, Midway, and Madison Rural.
The Fairfield building was closed in the early 2000’s and the other buildings were closed in 2011.

In 2011, a wing was added to the current high school to house seventh- and eighth- grade students and a wing was added to  the old middle school to house students in grades K-3 with the existing structure holding grades 4, 5, and 6. This structure is now known as Madison-Plains Elementary and Madison-Plains Intermediate, or commonly referred to as the K-6 building.

Throughout its 50 years, Madison-Plains athletic program has been affiliated with several different leagues including: Darby Valley League, South Central Ohio League, Kenton Trace Conference, Buckeye Athletic Conference, Mid Sate League, and currently the Ohio Heritage Conference.

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