Massillon’s golden age of high school football began when Paul Brown, who had played Tiger quarterback in 1925, came “home” to coach the Tigers in 1932. Brown’s teams tallied six straight state championships before he left to coach at Ohio State University in 1941. He subsequently founded the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals.
Paul Brown is credited with inventing protective face bars on helmets; his teams were the first to call plays from the sidelines; and he initiated the use of playbooks and films.
In 1939, during the height of “Brown fever,” Tiger Stadium was constructed as a PWA project. It was renamed Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in 1976.