Fine Arts

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
  • 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.

Visual Arts at WHHS! Sculpture, design, photography, drawing, painting and more….!

Please find attached our exciting course catalog and upcoming events hosted by the WHHS Visual Arts Department! You won't want to miss them!
US News - America's Best High Schools - Ranked 65th in USA and awarded Gold Medal status.
Newsweek - America's Best High Schools 2010 - Walnut Hills Ranked 66th in USA and #1 in Ohio!