Newark High School has a long history and tradition of successful arts programs, performing and displaying artwork throughout the community and at the school itself.
Our band, choir and orchestra programs continue to be recognized statewide for their excellence.The Newark High School Marching Band - also known as the Pride of Newark Marching Band - has the distinction of qualifying for the Ohio Music Education Association's State Finals for 37 consecutive years (since the inception of a Finals format in 1980), a record for Class AA. The NHS Athletic Band entertains the crowds at home Boys and Girls Basketball games. The Symphonic and Concert Bands are also quite distinguished, participating in local concerts at NHS and performing for OMEA’s District and State Contests. The NHS Percussion Ensemble has performed for various stand-alone concerts and on the state at Denison University, along with OMEA Solo & Ensemble contest in January.
The choir program has qualified for state competitions for 51 consecutive years, earning more than 100 superior ratings between its various choirs: Concert, Swing, The Brotherhood of Newark, Women's Chorus and Freshman Women's Chorus. Concert Choir has traveled to Toronto, Italy and the Czech Republic participating in international choral festivals. The choir’s spring concert is always an exciting production, and they have also performed at the Midland Theatre with the Newark Granville Symphony Orchestra during the holidays in recent years.
The orchestra program has been in the national spotlight, after being profiled by the New York Times in 2009, and continues to provide new opportunities for students, such as the workshop and concert with Trans-Siberian Orchestra co-founder Mark Wood in 2013.
Newark High School drama performs multiple plays throughout the year, culminating with the traditional spring musical. In recent years, the group has performed Wonderland and Singin' in the Rain in the spring.
Newark High School also offers many courses in a variety of visual arts, including photography, drawing, digital design, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and painting. Student artwork is displayed around the community, including at River Road and the Licking County Arts. Students have also been featured in the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibit, the OCC Art Show and the Scholastic Art Show.
The visual arts’ year culminates in a public art gallery in the spring in the Hub at Newark High School.
Please visit the links on the right side of this page for more information on any of our wonderful fine arts programs.