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Ohio high school athletics commissioner to speak at Sylvania luncheon


Dan Ross, commissioner of the Ohio High School Athletic Association.


At a time when allegations of abuse and bullying are common in sports, how can young athletes be instilled with good behavior?

Dan Ross, commissioner of the Ohio High School Athletic Association since 2004, will be the speaker at the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on Nov. 6 at Sylvania Country Club. Reservations are encouraged. The cost is $10. Please call 419-882-2135 or email

Ross is the ninth commissioner of the Ohio High School Athletic Association. His passion and enthusiasm for secondary education, combined with his tireless efforts to promote the important role that interscholastic athletics and extracurricular programs play for students, have helped the OHSAA become one of the most respected high school associations in the country.

Ross has extensive experience as a school administrator in Ohio, having served as a superintendent, principal, teacher, counselor and coach for 30 years, and he has experience as a college instructor, in manufacturing, and as a contest official.

Ross is a native of Portsmouth, Ohio and graduated from Columbus St. Charles High School in 1967. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Ohio Dominican College in 1971.

He began his career in education in 1971 as an elementary school teacher at Portsmouth Catholic Elementary School. The following year he moved to the Scioto County Joint Vocational School in Lucasville. He served as a social studies teacher there for two years and as a counselor for three more years. Also during that time, he earned his master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Xavier University in 1973.

Ross left the education profession for a year in 1977 to serve as a production supervisor with the Didier-Taylor Corp., a manufacturing company in South Shore, Ky. He returned to education the following year when he became the principal at Portsmouth Notre Dame Junior – Senior High School.

After three years at Notre Dame, Ross moved to Bowling Green in 1981 and served as an instructor at Bowling Green State University while working on his doctorate degree. He completed his Ph.D. at BGSU in 1983 in educational administration and supervision.

Ross was registered for 20 years as an OHSAA official, where he had five boys’ state basketball and two girls state basketball tournament assignments. He also worked in the sports of volleyball and baseball. He was inducted into the OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame in 2006.

Ross was the recipient of the 2003 Superintendent of the Year Award by the Ohio Parent Teacher Association. That same year he also was named the Outstanding School Administrator by the Ohio Music Education Association. Dan was also named a 2008 Friend of Education that was presented by the Ohio Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association.

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