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Do High School Football Teams Really Need Their Own Specialty License Plates?

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What do you get the high school football team that already has its own live tiger cub mascot? Perhaps its own state-sanctioned state license plate?

Only if you’re Massillon.

This week the Ohio House approved a bill that would create special “Massillon Tiger Football Booster Club” license plates  inscribed with words selected by the booster club. Proceeds from the $25-a pop plates will support the football team of Washington High School, aka, Northeast Ohio’s Massillon Tigers.

If the Senate and Governor John Kasich sign off on the measure, Washington High’s football team will become the first Ohio high school sports team with its own license plate, according to the Ohio Department of Public Safety. Ohio already offers speciality license plates for its pro-teams.

The Massillon Tigers had a major run of success last century, winning nine national championships and 20 state championships in 31 seasons. Last year, Massillion was 7-3 and ranked 12th in its region. They didn’t make it to state.

But the Massillon Tigers aren’t the first high school football team in the country to get their own license plate. In Texas (where else?) football powerhouses Southlake Carroll and Allen got that state’s first high school football speciality plates:

“We have very passionate fans who have been eagerly awaiting the release of these plates,” said Carroll Superintendent David Faltys. “What we like about the program is that it isn’t just about football, but instead about showing community pride in all aspects of your local school district. It’s a real win-win for Dragon families who can show their school spirit while also helping to raise revenue for the General Revenue Fund.”



  • kittyben10

    You have got to be kidding me!!! A bill for license plates when over 60% of the student population cannot read.

  • Suekelewae

    I am from Massillon, and though I am not surprised at all that we will have those license plates, undoubtedly many, many of them will be purchased by alums – like me – who are really quite proud of our little steel town Tigers. Great idea! Go Tigers! We are a very special community and it is true that your blood turns orange when you live here!!

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