Homestead High School (Fort Wayne, Indiana)
|Homestead High School|
|4310 Homestead Road
Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
|Oversight||Southwest Allen County Schools|
|Number of students||2,242|
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold|
|Athletics||Northeast Hoosier Conference|
|Website||Homestead High School|
Homestead Senior High School, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States, is a public 4-year high school with a comprehensive intake of over 2,000 students. Homestead's school year consists of two 18-week semesters. Students are enrolled in seven 45-minute periods. Homestead is a class 5A high school that is well known for its academics and athletics, but mostly for its renowned music program. Part of Southwest Allen County Schools, the school receives accreditation from the Indiana Department of Education and the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
The class of 2009 is the first class of Homestead to utilize the newly annexed "Ninth-Grade Academy" (formerly Woodside Middle School). The buildings are connected to one another by two enclosed walkways.
The Spartan Alliance Band competes in Class A Band in the Indiana State School Music Association. For the past twenty-six years they have gone to the ISSMA State Finals in Indianapolis, IN, under the direction of Steve Barber. The band is also directed by Brad Wadkins and the Color Guard is led by Jonathan Meader. The State finals have been held at the RCA Dome and Lucas Oil Stadium since it opened in 2008. The band has won five state championships (1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2011), third all time in Class A behind Ben Davis High School and Avon High School. Since 1990 they have never finished lower than fourth place at State Finals, and have been either first or second thirteen times. As of 2012, Homestead holds the record for most consecutive State Finals Appearances of any current Class A Band at 26. Ben Davis previously held the record at 24 consecutive years (1975-1998 all in Class A). Lewis Cass High School, currently a class D band, holds the record for the most consecutive State Finals Appearances of any Class Band at 31 (1982–2012, 1984-2005 in Class C).
- 2013 - 3rd place, Show Title: The Night Circus
- 2012 - 2nd place, Show Title: The Lost Melody
- 2011 - 1st place, Show Title: Children of the Sun
- 2010 - 3rd place, Show Title: Becoming My Creation
- 2009 – 4th place, Show Title: Reactions
- 2008 – 4th place, Show Title: Magnetism
- 2007 – 4th place, Show Title: Expressions
- 2006 – 3rd place, Show Title: Within
- 2005 – 2nd place (tie), Show Title: Balance
- 2004 – 4th place, Show Title: Half The Fun Is Getting There
- 2003 – 2nd place, Show Title: Gravity
- 2002 – 4th place, Show Title: Sybil: The Art Of Insanity
- 2001 – 4th place, Show Title: Credentium
- 2000 – 4th place, Show Title: Reflections Of Earth- A Celebration Of Time
- 1999 – 3rd place, Show Title: Dance Movements, Partitia, Symphony in Three Movements
- 1998 – 2nd place, Show Title: Sonora Desert Holiday, Pampeana #3
- 1997 – 2nd place, Show Title: Symphonic Movement, Symphony in C
- 1996 – 1st place, Show Title: The Spirits of Earth, Water, & Fire
- 1995 – 1st place, Show Title: Thompson's Symphony #3, Hindemith Symphony in E Flat
- 1994 – 1st place, Show Title: Lizzie Borden
- 1993 – 2nd place, Show Title: Adagio for Strings, Overturn to School for Scandal, The Storm
- 1992 – 1st place, Show Title: New World Symphony, The Rite of Spring
- 1991 – 2nd place (Class B)
- 1990 – 2nd place (Class B)
- 1989 – 5th place (Class B)
- 1988 – 9th place (Class B)
- 1987 – 9th place (Class B)
They have competed in competitions in Hawaii, Florida, Arizona, and California. In 1999 they performed at Pearl Harbor, in Hawaii. Recently they were runner-up at the National Field Show Competition at the Fiesta Bowl in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2000 they were crowned the Blue Cross Blue Shield Grand Champions at the same competition. Then in 2009 they again attended the Fiesta Bowl where the band came in fourth at the Blue Cross Blue Shield band competition and came in second at the Fiesta Bowl Parade. In 2003 They participated in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California as well as performing in the Disneyland parade in Anaheim. In 2006 and 2011, the band performed in the Walt Disney World parade in Orlando, Florida. Homestead annually hosts ISSMA District Competition, as well as hosts its own competition named Fall Festival of Bands.
They are also one of the largest high school marching bands in the country, with more than 200 members each year. In the 2009-10 school year the band contained 225 members. In the 2011-12 year there was a record freshman class enrollment of 90, with a total membership of 240.
Homestead Journalism Students Inducted Into Hall of Fame
- The Homestead's yearbook, Retrospect, was one of nine publications recognized at an awards ceremony in Chicago, November 10 – 13.
- The Indiana Chamber of Commerce designated Homestead High School as a "best buy" high school in its 2009 report. This means that Homestead was one of 160 schools that offer the highest educational achievement levels for the lowest amount of tax dollars.
- The Spartana, Homestead's student newspaper, was recently awarded the NSPA Pacemaker award for its 2004 − 2005 and 2008 - 2009 volumes. The current volume was awarded first in the Best in Show competition. The Spartana has won this award four times.
Homstead has a variety of sports teams and clubs which compete at the highest state level(5A/4A). Homestead also belongs to the NHC, and is a regular power in every sport.
- The Spartan tennis team has won 30 sectionals, 27 regionals and 17 semistates. They have finished as state runner-up nine times, most recently in 2006.
- The 1998 Spartan football team was runner-up at state.
- The 1992, 1993, & 2009 Spartan soccer team was runner-up at state.
- The 2008 Spartan baseball team was runner-up at state.
- The 2001, 1999, 1996, 1985, 1984, & 1983 Gymnastics Teams were State Champions.
- The 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, & 2010 Dance Teams won state. The 2004, 2006, & 2008 Dance Teams won nationals and were runner-up in 2010.
- The 2004 and 2006 men's swim team was runner-up at state.
- The 2010 women's swim team was runner-up at state.
- The Spartan Boys swim team won 19 consecutive sectional titles from 1994 to 2013. The streak was ended by Carroll High School in 2014.
- The Spartan Hockey Club were State Champions in 1991(AA), 1992(A) and 1995(AA)
Dave S. Walter Memorial Stadium is the school's athletic field and in 2006 was complete with artificial turf.
- Rob Bowen, catcher, former Major League Baseball player
- Jordan Witzigreuter, singer from The Ready Set
- Susan Brooks, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana's 5th district
- School Snapshot
- Homestead High School website
- Article on indianafind.com
- Homestead High School Radio Station - 91.1 FM