en Upthegrove is a proud Blue Lion Alumnus, graduating from Washington Senior High School in 1977. In 1995, Kenny completed his degree in Vocational Education at Wright State University.Mr. Upthegrove has a long history with the Blue Lion Family. Following high school, Mr. Upthegrove attended Laurel Oaks Career Campus. He began working in the WCHCS maintenance department in 1982, eventually earning the supervisory role a decade later. In extracurricular activities, Kenny started the F.C.A. program in 1985, and coached the 8th grade boys basketball team for many years.
Upon completing his degree in Vocational Education at Wright State University, Mr. Upthegrove taught Blue Lions and students from across southern Ohio at Laurel Oaks in the construction trades from 1995 until his retirement in 2007.
Kenny married his wife, Melissa Upthegrove, in 1998, and together they have three sons. Kenny ’17 is a 2021 graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Evan ’19 is pursuing an electrician apprenticeship, and Nathan is a Sophomore at WHS, where he participates in basketball, soccer, and tennis.
From teaching Sunday School to various youth group involvement, Kenny has been an active member of Heritage Church for many decades.
When asked why he ran for the board of education, Mr. Upthegrove said, “I wanted to serve and to try to make a difference for the students of Washington Court House City Schools.”
Kenny was appointed to the board in May, 1996, to fill a vacancy. Mr. Upthegrove was elected to his first term in November, 1997, where he has continued to serve for six consecutive terms. Recently reelected, Kenny’s current term runs from January, 2022 to December, 2025.
- Appointed as a member on May 20, 1996, to fill the vacancy created by Kathy Lee's resignation.
- Elected to a 4-year term in November, 1997
- January 1, 1998 - December 31, 2001
- January 1, 2002 - December 31, 2005
- January 1, 2006 - December 31, 2009
- January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2013
- January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2017
- January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2021
- January 1, 2022 - December 31, 2025