Burris Laboratory School

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Burris Laboratory School
Address
2201 West University Avenue
Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana, 47306
United States
Coordinates 40°11′48″N 85°24′44″W / 40.196774°N 85.41233°W / 40.196774; -85.41233Coordinates: 40°11′48″N 85°24′44″W / 40.196774°N 85.41233°W / 40.196774; -85.41233
Information
School type Public laboratory school
Founded 1929
Sister school Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities
Principal Dawn Miller
Grades K-12
Enrollment Approx. 515
Color(s) Blue, Gold, White
Athletics conference Pioneer Conference
Sports Volleyball, Basketball, Baseball, Track and Field
Nickname Owls
Website

Burris Laboratory School is a kindergarten through twelfth grade public laboratory school located on the west side of Muncie, Indiana. The school is a division of Ball State University and provides University pre-service teachers an opportunity for classroom observation and practice. The school also shares a campus with the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities.

History[edit]

The school was established in 1929 and is named after Benjamin J. Burris, the first president of what was then known as Ball Teachers College.[1] Originally part of the Muncie school district, it became independent in 1974. Its district is now coterminous with the entire state of Indiana. Students are admitted via a lottery system.

Scandal[edit]

A lawsuit was filed in 2012 against the school which says a boy who was 8 years old and in second grade was forced to engage numerous times in sex acts with other children in late 2011. Ball State spokesman Tony Proudfoot said in a written statement that the university learned in December 2011 of allegations of inappropriate behavior among four second-graders at the school. He said the matter was "reported promptly" to local law enforcement and the Indiana Department of Child Services.[2] [3]

Athletics[edit]

Burris Laboratory School was affiliated with the Mid-Eastern Conference (MEC) from 1979 through the 2013/2014 school year,[4] with the Owl serving as the school's mascot. Burris boasts an impressive women's volleyball program with 4 national championships, and 21 state championships, 14 of which are consecutive. Starting in the 2014-2015 school year, the school will be in the Pioneer Conference.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Burris School to Open September 9". The Easterner. August 16, 1929. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Burris Laboratory School Officials Failed To Protect Boy From Peer Sex Abuse: Lawsuit". The Huffington Post. October 2, 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  3. ^ AP (October 2, 2012). "Suit: Muncie boy suffered sex abuse from classmates". Anderson (Indiana) Herald Bulletin. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  4. ^ [1]

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