Ted Ginn Sr. (pictured right), the head football coach of Glenville High School, has had this in the works for some time and it all came to fruition this week when he was given the go ahead from the Cleveland Municipal School District.
Ginn hopes to get his academy off the ground with as many as 400 students who will be housed in on-campus dorms at a site in Cleveland yet to be determined. A full college preparatory curriculum is planned with courses being offered in grades 9 through 12.
"We are excited about the potential that this academy will offer to the children," said Ginn, who has been mentoring youths in the Cleveland area for many years at Glenville. "There is still a lot to be worked out but we hope to offer an attractive alternative to kids looking to develop as a student and an athlete."
Whether the Ginn Academy will be or will become a member of the OHSAA is also something that is not determined at this time but considering the commitment that Ginn has made to the student-athletes at Glenville in the past, it would be an expected occurrence at some point in the future.
Under the guidance of Ginn at Glenville, his track teams have won the past three Division I state championships and have produced one of the finest prep track athletes to ever perform in the state of Ohio. That of course being in the person of his son Ted Ginn Jr.
On the gridiron, Ginn directed his Tarblooders farther than any Cleveland city team as ever gone last season when they made it to the state's final four before being eliminated by Canton McKinley in the semifinals. No less than seven Glenville gridders have accepted scholarships to Ohio State alone over the past four years and again Ginn Jr. was a major factor in the building of the school's football program at the school. Last year, 11 of Ginn's football players signed national letters of intent to resume playing football at the collegiate level.
"We have seen the potential of the students of the Cleveland area both on the field and in the classroom first hand and this should only help to refine that effort," Ginn said proudly. "We are extremely excited for the opportunity."
Ginn, a graduate of Glenville High School himself, obviously will once again steer the football and track teams at Glenville to successful campaigns in the 2005-06 school year, which will more than likely be his last season there.