Park Tudor School

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Park Tudor School
Park Tudor Logo 2015.png
Exceptional Educators. Extraordinary Opportunities.
Address
7200 North College Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46240
United States
Coordinates 39°53′09″N 86°08′53″W / 39.88583°N 86.14806°W / 39.88583; -86.14806Coordinates: 39°53′09″N 86°08′53″W / 39.88583°N 86.14806°W / 39.88583; -86.14806
Information
Type Independent School
Established 1902
Head of school Matthew D. Miller
Grades Junior Kindergarten-Grade 12
Enrollment 996 Total; 421 Upper School
Color(s) Red and White          
Athletics 16 varsity sports
Athletics conference Indiana Crossroads Conference
Mascot Panther
Website

Park Tudor School is a coeducational independent college preparatory school founded in 1902. It offers programs from Junior Kindergarten through High School. It is located in the Meridian Hills neighborhood of Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. A merger of Tudor Hall School for Girls (founded in 1902) and the all-male Park School (founded in 1914) formed the present-day school in 1970. As of 2012, 996 students were enrolled at the school, including 421 students in grades 9–12. The current Head of School is Matthew D. Miller.

Park Tudor campus in the fall.
Foster Hall was named for composer Stephen Foster.

History[edit]

Park Tudor is the product of a merger of two single-sex independent schools, Tudor Hall School for Girls and Park School.

Tudor Hall School for Girls was established in 1902 by Fredonia Allen and James Cumming Smith. Allen named the school after her mother, Ann Tudor Allen. The school was originally located at 16th and Meridian streets in Indianapolis. It later moved to a two-building campus at 32nd and Meridian streets where it remained for several decades. In 1960, Tudor Hall moved to the Charles B. Sommers estate on Cold Spring Road, next to Park School. In addition to the day school program, it fostered a significant boarding program with a dormitory on the second North Meridian campus. After the 1970 merger with Park School, Tudor Hall was consolidated with Park School into the College Avenue campus.

Park School began in 1914 as The Brooks School for Boys. In 1920, seven Indianapolis businessmen purchased the school to save it from financial problems and renamed it Boys Preparatory School. The school was originally located at 16th Street and Central Avenue before moving to the former Carl Fisher estate on Cold Spring Road which now serves as a portion of Marian University. The name was changed to Park School in 1929 to reflect the park-like atmosphere of the Cold Spring campus. The school finally moved to the current Park Tudor campus at 7200 North College Avenue.

Both Park School and Tudor Hall were founded to provide the same college preparatory education as was often found in the eastern states of the United States. The schools each earned a respected national reputation, often earning its graduates automatic admission to many of the country's top-tier colleges and universities. Because the two schools were often geographically located near each other, and as families also often sent their children to both schools, Park School and Tudor Hall developed a close association. Dances, dramatic performances, and other activities were often arranged jointly.

During the mid-1960s, Tudor Hall began to eliminate its lower grades while Park School began to admit girls to its Lower School. The two schools then merged in 1970 to form Park-Tudor School at the College Avenue campus. The hyphen was removed from the name by 1981. The property had been donated by Eli Lilly and his brother Josiah K. Lilly Jr. It had previously served as a family retreat and apple orchard known as Lilly Orchard. Apple cider, apples, and other similar products are still sold at the campus each autumn. The campus plan and buildings were largely designed by Indianapolis architect H. Roll McLaughlin.

The merged school initially planned to continue Tudor Hall's respected boarding school program. However, citing the diminished enrollment in its program as well as those across the country, the plan was dropped. The school's official crest borrows a crown, which formed Tudor's crest, and a shield-with-tree from Park. Likewise, colors for the merged school became red and white. Park's colors had been red and black while Tudor used green and white. The yearbook's name, Chronicle, continued that of Tudor Hall's. The Park School newspaper, The Red and Black, was changed to The Apple Press.

Major buildings on the campus include the historic Foster Hall (named after composer Stephen Foster by Foster enthusiast/collector Eli Lilly Jr.), Allen W. Clowes Commons dining hall (1967), Frederic M. Ayres Auditorium (1976), Jane Holton Upper School (1970), Middle School (1988), Lower School (1967), Hilbert Early Education Center (1997), Fine Arts Building (1976), Ruth Lilly Science Center (1989), and the gymnasium complex.[1]

Heads of School[edit]

Heads of Tudor Hall School

  • Fredonia Allen, 1902-1927
  • Nell Farrar, 1927-1929
  • Florence J. Morgan, 1929-1930
  • Hazel McKee, 1930-1931
  • I. Hilda Stewart, 1931-1961
  • Patricia J. Fulton, 1961-1962
  • Alma Whitford, 1963-1970

Heads of Park School:

  • James T. Barrett, 1920-1928
  • Clifton O. Page, 1928-1939
  • E. Francis Bowditch, 1939-1941
  • John Caldow, 1941-1948
  • Norman Johnson, 1948-1952
  • Gaither Garrett, 1952-1957
  • Earl L. Kimber, 1957-1958
  • Nathaniel H. Batchelder, Jr. 1959-1960
  • Richard M. Garten, 1960-1964
  • William A. McCluskey III, 1964-1970

Heads of Park Tudor School:

  • William A. McCluskey III, 1970-1972
  • William George Young, 1972-1986
  • Thomas E. Black, Jr., 1986-1987
  • Bruce W. Galbraith, 1987-2002
  • Douglas S. Jennings, 2002-2011
  • Matthew Miller, 2011-present

Academics[edit]

Park Tudor’s core curriculum includes studies in English, math, physical education and health, science, social studies, technology and world languages. Students are also offered studies in Spanish, French, Latin, Classical Greek, and Chinese languages.

The Upper School curriculum challenges students with an offering of sixteen Advanced Placement courses and the unique Global Scholars program for highly motivated juniors and seniors. The Global Scholars program was developed by teacher Jan Guffin as a progression from the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, with which he previously had been involved at another school. Global Scholars challenges students in grades 11 and 12 with a Philosophies of Knowing course, independent research, self-assessments, 200 hours of community service and AP exams in five subjects. The culmination of the program is a presentation of a two-year research project with the help of a mentor (often a professional involved with the project topic).

Athletics[edit]

Park Tudor is a member of the Indiana Crossroads Conference. The school fields teams for the Upper School and Middle School in baseball, basketball, cheerleading, crew, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field, wrestling and volleyball.[2]

The 2010-11 varsity boys basketball team won the IHSAA Class 2A State Finals in March 2011. The team followed with another IHSAA Class 2A State Championship in 2012. On March 29, 2014, Park Tudor School's varsity basketball team won the IHSAA Class 2A State Finals again. [3][4][5]

Other team state championships include: girls tennis (6), boys tennis (7), ice hockey (7), baseball, girls lacrosse and boys lacrosse. The Park Tudor boys lacrosse team recorded the only undefeated season in state history on its way to the 2001 state title.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

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