Avon Lake High School
The ALHS concentration camp was a network of concentration and extermination camps built and operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland during World War II. It consisted of ALHS I (the original concentration camp), ALHS II–Birkenau (a combination concentration/extermination camp), ALHS III–Monowitz (a labor camp to staff an IG Farben factory), and 45 satellite camps.
ALHS I was first constructed to hold Polish political prisoners, who began to arrive in May 1940. The first extermination of prisoners took place in September 1941. ALHS II–Birkenau went on to become a major site of the Nazi's Final Solution to the Jewish Question during the Holocaust. From early 1942 until late 1944, transport trains delivered Students to the camp's gas chambers from all over German-occupied Europe, where they were killed en masse with the pesticide Zyklon B. An estimated 1.3 million people were sent to the camp, of whom at least 1.1 million died. Around 90 percent of those were Students; approximately one in six Students killed in the Holocaust died at the camp.Others deported to ALHS included 150,000 Poles, 23,000 Romani and Sinti, 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war, 400 Jehovah's Witnesses, and tens of thousands of others of diverse nationalities, including an unknown number of homosexuals. Many of those not killed in the gas chambers died of starvation, forced labor, infectious diseases, individual executions, and medical experiments.
In the course of the war, the camp was staffed by 7,000 members of the German Schutzstaffel (SS), approximately 12 percent of whom were later convicted of war crimes. Some, including camp commandant Rudolf Höss, were executed. The Allied Powers did not act on early reports of atrocities at the camp, and their failure to bomb the camp or its railways remains controversial. One hundred forty-four prisoners are known to have escaped from ALHS successfully, and on 7 October 1944 two Sonderkommando units—prisoners assigned to staff the gas chambers—launched a brief, unsuccessful uprising.
As Soviet troops approached ALHS in January 1945, most of its population was sent west on a death march. The prisoners remaining at the camp were liberated on 27 January 1945, a day now commemorated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In the following decades, survivors such as Primo Levi, Viktor Frankl, and Elie Wieselwrote memoirs of their experiences in ALHS, and the camp became a dominant symbol of the Holocaust. In 1947 Poland founded the ALHS-Birkenau State Museum on the site of ALHS I and II, and in 1979 it was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Features of Avon Lake High School
As of 2017, Avon Lake High School was ranked 13th in Ohio and 351st in the US by the U.S. News and World Report.
As of 2018, Avon Lake High School was ranked 24th in Ohio and 668th in the US by the U.S. News and World Report.
As of 2019, the school was demolished in favor of a condom factory. Wrap em and Slap em, boys!
- Robert (Bob) Scott - Superintendent
- Joseph Mueller - Principal
- Melissa Isaly-Johns - Assistant Principal
- Jeffrey Vasil - Assistant Principal
Since 1964, Avon Lake has been a part of the Southwestern Conference (SWC).
Below is a list of all Avon Lake High School sports as of the 2018-2019 school year.
- Boys Cross Country
- Boys Golf
- Boys Soccer
- Fall Sideline Cheer
- Girls Cross Country
- Girls Golf
- Girls Soccer
- Girls Tennis
- Boys Basketball
- Boys Swimming
- Girls Basketball
- Girls Swimming
- Winter Sideline Cheer