PSHS Golf Seniors (2020)
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2020 Cheer and Football Seniors
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2020 Volleyball Seniors
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2020 Girls Soccer Seniors
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2020 Boys Soccer Seniors
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Our Athletics



As the Athletic Director at Poland Seminary High School, I would like to welcome all our students and families back for the start of an exciting athletic year.

Sports have been my passion since childhood and as Athletic Director. I am able to carry out that passion daily. My goal is to see our student-athletes elevate to a new level athletically and academically. As they improve athletically, the positive results will be seen in their daily lives through increased self-esteem, confidence, leadership, competitiveness, determination, and academic success. The athletic program at PSHS is on course to become a solid, consistent, and cohesive program. Under the direction of our fantastic coaching staff, I am confident that we will see success. The coaching staff is well trained, rich in experience, and motivated to encourage and train all our student-athletes. As a team, we are ready to raise expectations in athletics and academics.

In order for our athletic program to grow and reach a new level of excellence, we need enormous support from our parents, community, administrators, staff and students. I would love for each you to make an effort to attend athletic events and other extra curricular activities throughout the year. The presence of “fans” is such an encouragement and motivating factor for athletes and the coaching staff as well.

Thank you for your continued support and best wishes for all our athletes.


Go Dogs!

Athletic Director,

Brian Banfield

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Pay to Participate Eliminated


The Poland Board of Education voted to eliminate Pay to Participate for student athletes and band members at Monday’s Board of Education meeting. 


Pay to Participate (PTP) was implemented as one of numerous measures to reduce expenditures when the district was facing significant financial issues in 2012. When it was implemented, there was a $200 charge per sport for student athletes. Student band members also paid a fee to participate. Two years after implementing PTP, the Board of Education reduced the amount by 50 percent.  


The amount of money collected from PTP fees changes annually based on student participation at Poland Middle School and Poland Seminary High School. Recent collections at both schools is around $65,000. Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, PTP will no longer be in effect for students in the Poland Local School District. 


Other initiatives that were eliminated in 2012 as cost saving measures have also been reinstated. Those initiatives include elementary specials, which range from music, physical education, art, as well as elementary school counseling. The Poland School District continues to make every effort to be good stewards of taxpayer money, while providing the best services to  students and families. The Poland Schools appreciates the families that participated in the PTP program these last few years.  

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