Study and appreciation of the fine arts has been an important part of the fabric of Walnut Hills since it’s inception as a college preparatory high school in 1919. Over the years, music, art & theater have become an integral part of the school’s curriculum. Walnut Hills High School is grounded in the tenets of a classical education, but committed to offering an experience relevant to the new century.
Some of the key features of our program include:
- One semester of visual art and of a music performance class in 7th or 8th grade are required.
- Introductory theatre offered as an elective
- High school music study in advanced band, choir, and orchestra
- Stage craft & advanced theatre classes which support dramatic and musical performances
- Three Advanced Placement Studio Art classes, plus Digital Imaging and Photography offered through the Art Department
The WHHS Administration & Alumni are committed to the support of the Arts at Walnut Hills, and toward that end have undertaken facilities upgrades which include:
- 1999 – a new Arts & Science Center, including a digital imaging lab
- 2012 – a state-of-the-art music wing, featuring a recital hall, five large classrooms with classroom recording capabilities, two smaller ensemble rooms, a music technology lab, 11 practice rooms
- 2012-13 – renovation of our 1150 seat auditorium, black box theater & lobby area, addition of new dressing rooms
A number of prestigious Walnut Hills Alumni have gone on to acclaimed careers in the arts, including:
- Theda Bara (Theodosia Goodman 1903), early movie star of the silent screen
- Charles Guggenheim (1942), four-time Academy Award winner in documentaries
- James Levine (1961), pianist & conductor, Musical Director of the Metropolitan Opera & the Boston Symphony Orchestra
- Fred Hersch (1973), jazz composer & musician, Grammy nominee
Today, Walnut Hills H.S. graduates continue to take their experiences here as a launching point from which to “rise to the highest” - whether they go on to careers in fine arts, or simply carry the benefit of a solid grounding in art and music into their lives out there in the world at large.