Columbus North High School

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Columbus North High School
Columbus, Indiana
United States
Coordinates 39°13′28″N 85°54′36″W / 39.22444°N 85.91000°W / 39.22444; -85.91000Coordinates: 39°13′28″N 85°54′36″W / 39.22444°N 85.91000°W / 39.22444; -85.91000
Type Public high school
Motto Respect. Responsibility. Relationships.
Principal David Clark
Assistant Principals Susan Scott, John Green
School color(s) Black, Royal Blue and White
Mascot Bull Dog

Columbus North High School (CNHS) is one of the public high schools located in Columbus, Indiana. It is part of the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation (BCSC). Columbus North High School was previously known as Columbus High School. It was renamed Columbus North High School in 1973 upon the founding of Columbus East High School.

Student body[edit]

It has an enrollment of over 2500 students in grades 9–12. The student body is reflective of the entire community and is 90% white and 10% African American, Asian or Hispanic. CNHS students on average score 3 percentage points above the state average on ISTEP exams (state-wide exams administered in 3rd-8th grade).


The principal of CNHS is David Clark. He is assisted by assistant principals John Green and Susan Scott, and by deans Ruth Hurrle, Jim Sheridan, and Aaron Karrer.


Columbus Senior High School built a very large gymnasium in the late 1950s/early '60s that was the pride of the town.



Columbus North's athletic program has a total of 34 IHSAA team championships. The school has strong Swimming and Cross Country programs. They are also currently one of the leading schools in cross-country in the state, having won boys cross country state titles in 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010 and 2011 and a girls state cross country title in 2009. They also placed 3rd at Nike Cross Nationals in 2010, and 9th in 2011. Columbus North Men's Golf has also dominated Indiana high school sports as of late, finishing 3rd in the state in 2003, 4th in the state in 2004, 12th in the state in 2005 and 2nd in the state in 2006 and 2011. Tyler Duncan, a North golfer, also claimed an individual state championship in 2007. The Bull Dogs have also had success in the past with their tennis program. In 2010, the Women's tennis team won the title of State Runner-Up, overcoming many rivals and obstacles along the way.

Columbus has been home to many championship teams throughout the years. Most notably its men's Gymnastics teams from 1968 and onward which dominated the state championship until the IHSAA decided that there weren't enough schools participating due to the high cost of fielding teams, and so no longer held a state championship. The dominance of the Columbus teams was primarily due to the coaching of John Hinds, who used coaching techniques considered revolutionary for the time, such as video taping his team and critiquing performances. When he asked for money to buy a portable video recorder the school board balked, so he bought one with his own money. That year he won the first of many championships after which the school told him he could go ahead and buy one. Many gymnasts coached by Hinds went on to national collegiate teams and Olympic teams as well.

CNHS was home to many great basketball teams coached by Bill Stearman, in the late 1960s while reaching the Final Four in 1964 and 1975. Columbus High was home to Chuck Taylor, famous for inventing and making the Chuck Taylor All-Stars shoe. Though these shoes are rarely seen on ball courts anymore, they have become a popular trend among teens and twenty-somethings.

Recently the men's soccer team has been to 3 state championships since 2009 and has won once in 2012. The lost in 2011 on penalty kicks to Crown Point. In 2013 the team was ranked number 1 in the nation and reached the semi state eventually losing to the number 2 team in the nation and state runner - ups Avon High school.

Both boys and girls tennis have been very successful throughout the school's history and have been coached by Kendal Hammel since 1995.

Leading up to the 2011 football season, rumors were flying around that the Columbus East vs Columbus North football game might be televised. In August 2011 ESPNU nationally televised the annual rivalry between Columbus East and Columbus North. Columbus North won the game 45–40.


The Columbus North bands frequently represent the school in state finals competitions as well. The Sound of North Marching Band is one of the top bands in the state having qualified for and attended ISSMA marching band class A state finals competition in 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2009, and 2012. The band has also participated in Bands of America national competitions since 2005, having qualified for the Grand National Semi-Finals in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. The Sound of North is the 2009 Bands of America Louisville Regional Class AAA Champion, the 2011 Mid-States Band Association Class AAAA Grand Champion, and the 2012 Bands of America Indianapolis Super Regional Class AAA Champion. Additionally, the band marched in the 2004 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California and attended the Fiesta Bowl in December 2006, where it took the Fiesta Bowl National Band Championship title, scoring in first place. The concert band has enjoyed similar success over the past decade, attending state finals competition in 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2011, and 2012.


Columbus North is also known for its outstanding publications.[citation needed] Being a member of the Indiana High School Press Association, the school's newspaper The Triangle, its yearbook Log, its magazine 33 Things, and its news station BNN have received numerous state and country awards.[citation needed]

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