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Welcome to Napoleon Junior & Senior High School’s official web page.  I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, I am Ryan J. Wilde the principal of the school.  I am starting my twenty-seventh year with Napoleon Area City Schools.   I began my tenure with NACS starting in the summer of 1997.  During the course of my career with our schools, I have served as a social studies teacher, dean of students, high school assistant principal, middle school principal, and high school principal before becoming the junior & senior high school principal in 2015.  While I was a teacher at the high school I participated in the supervision of some of the extra-curricular programming available to students, such as Hi-Y, football, and community service.  I take great pride in the length of tenure I have served the families, staff, and students in the district.  My wife (Kerri) and I are happy to call this community home. Our sons (Hunter Class of 2016 & Chasten Class of 2019) are Napoleon HS graduates.  We are a small town with big dreams where each student has value and meaning in our educational learning community.

Prior to my arrival to Napoleon Area City Schools I worked as a special education teacher for two years, one with the Wood County Educational Service Center and the other with Springfield Local Schools.  When I speak of my experience in private sector before entering the field of education, individuals are often surprised to discover I was employed for three years by a contractual security firm in Chicago running a hospital public safety department, as well as a member of the corporation’s executive security detail.  All of these life experiences help me in the capacity of being a member of the district’s administrative team working to better the schools for children.

Napoleon Junior & Senior High School campus is nestled on an inviting 69 acres in the northwestern portion of the city and is committed to the historic tradition of being recognized as a premier academic institution for students in grades 7-12.  The campus consists of the main academic building, which includes two gymnasiums, natatorium, and theatre, as well as the district's athletic complex, maintenance & transportation facilities, and the board of education administrative offices.  The site includes an ecological research area in the southeast corner of the property.  Our goal is to help all students excel in life by providing excellent educational experiences.  Napoleon students have consistently scored well on all standardized assessments such as ACT, SAT, the Ohio Graduation Test; and now we are working to perform well on Ohio’s new End-Of-Course and grade level testing platforms.  We have made it our collective effort to be an outstanding school district.

Our students excel in classroom and on the field of play with the assistance from parents and staff.  We often speak of the “Tradition of Excellence” and highlight our “Wildcat Pride” as a learning community.  We have passionate parents, strong students, and a caring staff.   Our staff does it’s very best to serve each student from the time a child is greeted at the bus in the morning to the moment he or she walks into a classroom or cafeteria.  When we wear “Navy & White”, we are displaying our unity.

During the 2015-2016 school year, our facility experienced significant change as a result of the community’s willingness to pass a bond issue to participate in an Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) renovation and new construction project.  Our facility now houses all students grades 7-12, as our 9-12 graders where joined by students in grades 7 & 8.  It is a very exciting time for Napoleon Junior & Senior High School as we have a beautifully renovated building, which incorporated an additional expansion of the site.  Napoleon Junior & Senior High School is a showcase for the community, as it has always been for decades.  I am proud to be a “Wildcat” and the administration thanks our voters, parents, students, and staff for their dedication in making Napoleon Junior & Senior High School one of the best places to get an education. 

During the summer of 2016, our dedicated community and board of education once again displayed their willingness to provide our students with the best.  Morley’s Field at Buckenmeyer Stadium now has synthetic field turf.  The track surface is new as well.  In addition, a new scoreboard was installed with a state of the art sound system.  Buckenmeyer Stadium is a premier athletic facility in northwest Ohio.  During the summer of 2019, the tennis court complex was entirely resurfaced.  During the summer of 2021, Buckenmeyer Stadium Parking Lot was expanded and completely renovated.  During the summer of 2022 and 2023, portions of the building received a new roof.  In addition, the district has installed LED lighting in many areas, such as the Grand Canyon and the natatorium.  During the summer of 2023, the district renovated the shot put and discus areas adjacent to Buckenmeyer Stadium.

The district is continuously making improvements for the betterment of students.  For example, NJSHS has a therapy dog (Jack) available to work with students daily.  Students have access to a sensory room, as well as a makerspace.  All of these student oriented opportunities create a positive experience that are student focused.  We have a wonderful campus and facilities.  Stop-by and see what it means to wear “Navy & White”, as you will convincingly catch our spirit.  We are proud of our “Wildcat Nation”!

If you have any questions about our school, or about how to open-enroll to the Napoleon Area City Schools District, please feel free to send me an email message at, or call me at 419-599-1050.  You may also contact me by sending a note to my attention to Napoleon Junior & Senior High School, 701 Briarheath Ave., Suite 123, Napoleon, OH 43545.  I am more than willing to assist.

“Go Wildcats!”


Mr. Ryan J. Wilde, Ed.S.

Principal NJSHS

District Title IX Coordinator