Park Tudor School

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Park Tudor School
Park Tudor Logo 2015.png
Exceptional Educators. Extraordinary Opportunities.
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
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

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.


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


Park Tudor's graduates have a 100% college placement rate. Ninety-eight percent of students attend one of their top three colleges of choice. Students consistently post the highest or among the highest SAT and ACT scores in the state. Park Tudor students have been recognized repeatedly for academic achievement by the Cum Laude Society, National Merit Scholarship competition, National Achievement Scholars, National AP Scholars and other AP Scholar distinctions, as well as various competitions in science, math, speech and debate, technology, writing, and the arts.[2][citation needed]

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).


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.[3]

Four out of five Upper School students participate on an athletic team. A no-cut, inclusive policy allows any student who tries out for a team to participate.

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. [4][5][6]

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]

Fine arts[edit]

The Fine Arts curriculum is co-curricular, involving classroom instruction and after-school practice, rehearsals and performances. Park Tudor offers a complete program in music, theatre, dance and visual arts. Students are introduced to the arts as early as Junior Kindergarten utilizing a Suzuki violin program.

The Drama department entertains the Park Tudor community with several productions every year. The Upper School produces a fall play and a spring musical. Seventh and eighth grade students also produce a musical every spring.

Vocalists and instrumental musicians from the Lower School to the Upper School participate in the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) competition each year.

The Visual Arts curriculum offers opportunities for students to learn drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, graphic design and printmaking.

The school also offers dance classes and private music lessons.[7]


In addition to academic contests, athletics and fine arts activities, Park Tudor students are encouraged to explore areas of interest in student-led enrichment activities and clubs. The advisory period in the schedule allows students to take a break from the daily routine and have fun with clubs ranging from Culinary Club to Chinese Culture Club and PT-TV.[8]

Travel is also an important out-of-the-classroom experience for Park Tudor students. Students from grades 3-12 have opportunities to travel for educational experiences outside of Indianapolis. Upper School opportunities have included trips to China, Egypt and Jordan, and Spain, as well as immersion opportunities with the IU Honors Program in France, Spain and Mexico. Lower School students have the opportunity to participate in an exchange with schools in Uruguay and Spain. Park Tudor’s Model UN program is one of only nine in the United States to travel to The Hague, The Netherlands, for an annual conference.[9]

Service-based Learning[edit]

Park Tudor encourages and supports opportunities for students to learn through service to others in their community, school, neighborhood and family. The community engagement program at Park Tudor is an essential component of each student's personal development. Many students from Lower School to Upper School learn to recognize the needs of their community and find solutions that they can implement. In turn, many alumni have gone on to careers in service to others. While community service hours are not a requisite for graduation, the Global Scholars program does require 200 service hours for completion. The Class of 2014 contributed 23,774 hours of service.[10]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "History of Park Tudor School - Park Tudor Indianapolis Private School - Indianapolis, Indiana". Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Private School Academics - Park Tudor Indianapolis Private School - Indianapolis, Indiana". Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Park Tudor Panther Athletics". Park Tudor High School Sports, Indianapolis, IN. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "IHSAA Basketball State Champions". Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Park Tudor Westview Class AA". Indianapolis Star. 29 March 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "2009-10 Class 2A State Finals Recap". Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "park-tudor-fine-arts". park-tudor-fine-arts. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Activities & Clubs - Park Tudor Indianapolis Private School - Indianapolis, Indiana". Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Student Travel - Park Tudor Indianapolis Private School - Indianapolis, Indiana". Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "Park Tudor Class of 2014 - Park Tudor Indianapolis Private School - Indianapolis, Indiana". Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  11. ^ "Park Tudor, IU's Micah Johnson moving quickly through White Sox organization". Indianapolis Star. July 22, 2014. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 

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