Clair Muscaro, former Ohio High School Athletic Association commissioner, has been selected for induction into the National High School Hall of Fame.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Clair Muscaro, former Ohio High School Athletic Association commissioner, has been selected for induction into the National High School Hall of Fame.
Muscaro is one of two administrators amongst a class of 12 individuals to be honored July 1 in Chicago by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
He took over as the OHSAA commissioner in 1990 and served until 2004. Notably, he helped increase the amount of football divisions from five to six, while the football playoffs also expanded from 96 teams to 192 teams during his time as commissioner.
Furthermore, Muscaro eliminated postseason tournament entry fees and helped establish the OHSAA Foundation, which promotes leadership and service activities and provides scholarships for student-athletes.
After serving as the principal at Peninsula Woodridge for 17 years, he worked as an assistant commissioner with the OHSAA for nearly six years before being named the association’s eighth commissioner in 1990. His tenure as commissioner was the second-longest, with only the first commissioner, H.R. Townsend (1925-44), having served longer.
The National High School Hall of Fame was started in 1982 by the NFHS to honor high school athletes, coaches, contest officials, administrators, fine arts coaches/directors and others for their extraordinary achievements and accomplishments in high school sports and activity programs. This year’s class increases the number in the Hall of Fame to 362, and this year’s event will be the 27th induction ceremony.
The 12 individuals were chosen after a two-level selection process involving a screening committee composed of active high school state association administrators, coaches and officials, and a final selection committee composed of coaches, former athletes, state association officials, media representatives and educational leaders. Nominations were made through NFHS member associations.