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William McKinley High School
Type: Public School
Principal: Mr. Figgins
Location: Lima, Ohio
William McKinley High School is a fictional school in the show Glee. The school is named after William McKinley, the 25th President of the United States, who was born in Niles, Ohio. The school is supposed to be located in the city of Lima, Ohio, however no school in Lima is actually named McKinley. In Ohio, there are McKinley High Schools in Canton and Niles, however.

Many of the location scenes at McKinley have been filmed at Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo High School in Long Beach, California and Helen Bernstein High School in Los Angeles, California, though auditorium scenes are now filmed at a replica of the Cabrillo auditorium on the Paramount lot.[1][2][3][4]

The school mascot is the Titans, and the school colors are red and black.


The school has many classrooms, a faculty lounge, a music room and an auditorium named The April Rhodes Civic Pavilion. Sports facilities include a football field and track, a baseball field, a gymnasium, and a weight room.




Brad Pianist for New Directions
Brenda Castle Astronomy Teacher
Badminton Coach
David Martinez Spanish Teacher
Donna Denny-Brown Secretary
Eleanor Doosenbury European Geography Teacher
Emma Pillsbury Guidance Counselor
Henri St. Pierre Woodshop Teacher

School Librarian

Mr. Kinney Custodian
Nancy Bletheim Geometry Teacher
Principal Figgins Principal
Shannon Beiste Football Coach
Sue Sylvester

Cheerios Coach
Former Principal

Roz Washington Individual Synchronized Swimming Coach
Will Schuester History Teacher
Glee Club Director
Former Detention Director
Former Janitor
Former Spanish Teacher
  • Numerous other teachers have made uncredited non speaking appearances in the background.

Former Staff




Ken Tanaka Football coach Had nervous breakdown
Sandy Ryerson Glee Club director/arts administrator Fired for disorderly conduct
Terri Del Monico Nurse Fired for giving students over-the-counter drugs
Lillian Adler Glee Club director Deceased
Holly Holliday Substitute (Spanish, sex ed, English, history, glee club) Left for a more stable job oppurtunity
Shelby Corcoran Troubletones Director
Substitute Teacher
Geometry Teacher
Quit because Quinn was going to tell Figgins about her affair with Puck.
Mrs. Hagberg

Geography Teacher
Maths Teacher
Home Economics Teacher
History Teacher


Current Known Students

Name Year of Graduation
Artie Abrams Class of 2013
Becky Jackson Class of 2013
Blaine Anderson Class of 2013
Brittany Pierce Class of 2013
Formerly Class of 2012
Jacob Ben Israel Class of 2013
Jake Puckerman Class of 2016
Joe Hart Class of 2014
Josh Coleman Class of 2014
Kitty Class of 2016
Marley Rose Class of 2016
Rory Flanagan Class of 2014
Sam Evans Class of 2013
Sugar Motta Class of 2013-14
Tina Cohen-Chang Class of 2013

Graduate Status Unknown

Name Possible Years of Graduation
Brett Class of 2012-14
Hank Saunders Class of 2011-13
The Mack Class of 2012-15
Ronnie Class of 2012-15
Scott Cooper Class of 2011-13
Sheila Class of 2012-15
Strando Class of 2011-14
Wes Fahey Class of 2011-14

Known Alumni

Name Year
Anthony Rashad Class of 2010-12
April Rhodes Class of 1990*
Azimio Adams Class of 2012
Bryan Ryan Class of 1994
David Karofsky Class of 2012**
Finn Hudson Class of 2012
Jesse St. James Class of 2010**
Kendra Del Monico Class of 1992
Kurt Hummel Class of 2012
Lauren Zizes Class of 2012
Shane Tinsley Class of 2012
Sunshine Corazon Class of 2013-14**
Terri Del Monico Class of 1994
Will Schuester Class of 1994
Matt Rutherford Class of 2010-12**
Mercedes Jones Class of 2012
Mike Chang Class of 2012
Missy Gunderson Class of 2012
Noah Puckerman Class of 2012
Quinn Fabray Class of 2012
Rachel Berry Class of 2012
Rick Nelson Class of 2012
Santana Lopez Class of 2012
Suzy Pepper Class of 2010-11

*Didn't graduate; dropped out **Transferred; graduated from a different school

Extracurricular Activities

The school's Glee Club is called New Directions and, in their first year, they won Sectionals but lost Regionals to Vocal Adrenaline. The next year they tied with The Warblers at Sectionals and beat them and Aural Intensity at Regionals, but failed to place at Nationals. For there third year, they blazed through Sectionals and Regionals, and also prevailed in defeating Vocal Adrenaline for first place.

The cheerleading squad are called the Cheerios and are very successful, having won Nationals six times in a row. Unlike the cheerleaders, the football team wasn't successful, until Coach Shannon Beiste came and taught the team about winning. The school also has a basketball and hockey team but there is little known about them. We do know that Dave Karofsky was in the hockey team and Finn and Puck are/were on the basketball team.

Club/Team Name

Club/Team Leader


Football Team Coach: Shannon Beiste Football team
New Directions

Director: Will Schuester
Former Co-Captains:

Glee club
The Troubletones (Inactive) Former Director: Shelby Corcoran
Former President: Mercedes Jones
McKinley's second glee club (specifically made for Sugar Motta).

Coach: Sue Sylvester


Former Captain: Quinn

The cheerleading squad; perennial national contenders.
Celibacy Club (Inactive)

Advisor: Emma Pillsbury

Former President: Quinn

Former Sub Advisor: Rachel

A club for students to promote celibacy.
A/V Club President: Lauren Zizes A club for background designs and props
Old Maid's Club (Inactive) Advisor: Sue Sylvester Used to convince Rachel (Hell-O)
Jazz Band Often provides accompaniment for glee club performances
Hockey Team
Basketball Team (Inactive)
Badminton Team (Inactive) Coach: Brenda Castle

Wrestling Team (Inactive)

Muslim Students Club


Speech Club (Inactive)

Mock United Nations Club (Inactive)

Renaissance Club (Inactive)

Black Student Union


Unwed Mothership Connection (Inactive)

Thunderclap The school yearbook.
The Muckraker Advisor: Sue Sylvester The school newspaper.
Fruit Sculpture Club Makes fruit sculptures; very popular with students.
Gardening Club
Chemistry Club
Golf Team Asked Santana to join after rumors about her sexuality spread.
The Bully Whips Former Co-founders Santana Lopez and David Karofsky Protects students (specifically Kurt) from bullies, To promote Karofsky to the Junior Prom
Vegan Club
Games Club
Chess Club
The Quill Club
Art Club
The Rugby Team Sophomore Captain: Josh Coleman
Sychronized Swim Team Coach: Roz Washington


  • Matthew Morrison paid a visit to the real McKinley High School in October 2010 as part of a campaign rally for Ohio Governor Ted Strickland.[5]
  • The school hosted the show choir sectionals in 2011 for the first time since 1963.
  • In the original script, it was called Harrison High. Source


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