Lutheran High School (Indianapolis)
|Lutheran High School of Indianapolis|
|5555 South Arlington Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46237
|Motto||That we...may grow into Him in all things, which is the Head, that is, Christ|
|Opened||August 30, 1976|
|School district||Greater Indianapolis Association for Lutheran Secondary Education|
|Head of school||Mike Brandt|
|Color(s)||Maroon and Gold|
|Athletics conference||Indiana Crossroads|
|Mascot||"Louie" St Bernard|
|Accreditation||North Central Association|
|Affiliation||Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod|
The Lutheran High School of Indianapolis was conceived by a large group of Indianapolis area Lutherans in the early 1970s. By 1974, sufficient interest was in place to create "The Greater Indianapolis Association for Lutheran Secondary Education, Inc." The Association incorporated with the state of Indiana February 14, 1975. The school's first principal, Kenneth Wunderlich, was called to serve July 2, 1975. He spent the first year laying the groundwork for opening the school for the 1976-77 school year. The doors opened August 30, 1976, for fourteen students in grades 9 and 10. The school first met in the former Franklin Township High School building (later demolished), renting it from the Franklin Township School District from 1976 to 1991. The current facility opened its doors on Arlington Avenue on May 1, 1991.
Mr. Carl Schulenburg and Mr. Richard Johnson were called to join Mr. Wunderlich as the school's first full-time faculty members. Mrs. Pat Slater and Mrs. Maria Tessler were hired as part-time teachers. The school's second principal, Mr. Richard Block was called in 1985 and served until 2000. Mr. David Beringer served as executive director from 2000 to 2005. Mr. Gary St Clair was named principal in 2005. David Sommermeyer was named interim director in 2010. Mike Brandt was called to the position of director in the Summer of 2011 and is to present.
Student enrollment in 2007-08 topped 300 students for the first time under the guidance of 30 full- and part-time faculty members. The graduation of the Class of 2008 saw the 1,200th alumnus cross the stage at commencement.
Athletically, the Saints are a Class 1A school and field teams in a variety of sports. The girls' softball team won the State Title in 2004 and 2007 and was runner-up in 2001 and 2009. The boys' basketball team was runner-up in 2008. Saints football played its first full season in 2006, quickly becoming a state power in their class winning regionals in 2009.
- 25 Years in God's Grace 1976-2000, Published by Lutheran High School of Indianapolis, 2001