Clay High School (Portsmouth, Ohio) - Notable Alumni, Coaches, Faculty, and Staff

Notable Alumni, Coaches, Faculty, and Staff

While many of the alumni, coaches, faculty, and staff listed below have not gained notable recognition abroad, all of these individuals are well-known figures in the Portsmouth and surrounding areas and they have made considerable contributions to the Clay Local School District, to the educational field, to the sports' teams they coached, and to the athletes and students.

  • Carl Bandy - He was a long-time teacher and administrator in the district.
  • Dale Bandy - He is a 1956 Clay HS graduate and the son of long time administrator, Carl Bandy. He went on to play baseball and basketball at Ohio University. He was an assistant under legendary OU basketball coach Jim Snyder before taking over the reins in 1974 (1974–1980). He currently lives in Texas half of the year. The other half of the year he lives in Pennsylvania and is an assistant men's basketball coach for the California University of Pennsylvania Vulcans' squad under Bill Brown.
  • Terri Boldman - She is a 1968 Clay graduate, teacher (1972-current), coach (1974-81 & 1983-85), dean of students, current assistant principal, and member of the Clay Coaches' Hall of Fame.
  • Arch Justus - He was a teacher (1950-53 & 1958-83), principal (1968–77), superintendent (1978–82), and basketball coach (1959–83). He had a record of 394-169 while at Clay. His overall record was 532-220. He is also a member of Clay Coaches' Hall of Fame and a member of Ohio Basketball Coaches' Hall of Fame.
  • David Leightenheimer - He was a teacher (1963–86) and coach (1972–86). He is a member of the Clay Coaches' Hall of Fame and a member of the Ohio High School Officials' Hall of Fame
  • Kinney Long - He was a teacher (1939–71), principal (1946–47), and baseball coach (1939–71). He had a 408-160 record while at Clay and is a member of the Clay Coaches' Hall of Fame
  • Teresa Ruby - She was a student-athlete and a 1981 Clay graduate who holds numerous girls' basketball records, including most points (1,846). Her jersey number (14) was retired. She was a member of the 1980 Final Four girls' basketball and 1980 & 81 state softball championship teams and the 1979 state softball runner-up team. She was in the state softball final four tournament the first four years of its existence (1978, 79, 80, & 81) and returned as a coach in 2007. She played softball and basketball at Morehead State University. She is currently the director of Southern Ohio Medical CenterHospice and is the assistant softball coach at Shawnee State University. She received a star on the Portsmouth Wall of Stars in 2009.
  • Carol "Burgess" Vice - She was a 1952 Clay graduate, teacher (1972–2002), coach (1978–88), and member of the Clay Coaches' Hall of Fame. As a softball coach, she finished with a 261-20 record. Her softball teams won three OHSAA state titles and were runners-up twice. She was inducted into the Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010; and she has a star on the Portsmouth Wall of Stars.

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