Penn High School

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Penn High School
Penn High School logo
56100 Bittersweet Road
Mishawaka, Indiana, 46545
United States
Coordinates 41°40′44″N 86°06′32″W / 41.678802°N 86.108834°W / 41.678802; -86.108834Coordinates: 41°40′44″N 86°06′32″W / 41.678802°N 86.108834°W / 41.678802; -86.108834
Type Public High School
Established 1958
School district Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation
CEEB Code 152347
Principal Steve Hope
Asst. Principal Sean Galliger
Rhonda Jackson
Barbara Schalliol
Grades 912
Enrollment 3,340[1]
Color(s) Black, White and Gold            
Mascot Kingsmen
Rival Mishawaka
Newspaper The Pennant
Yearbook Bittersweet

Penn High School is a public high school located just outside of Mishawaka, Indiana, USA, near South Bend. It is the only high school in the Penn-Harris-Madison (PHM) School Corporation. The school takes in pupils graduating from the PHM's three middle schools, Schmucker Middle School, Discovery Middle School, and Grissom Middle School, as well as some graduates from local private and religious grade schools and occasionally transfers from neighboring public school districts (primarily South Bend and Mishawaka and other schools). It is the largest high school in the South Bend metropolitan area.


Penn High School was opened on September 1, 1958 following a year of construction and a cost of a million dollars. The first graduating class, the class of 1960, had roughly 200 seniors. Prior to the construction of Penn, students in the Penn and Harris Townships went to Mishawaka High School.

The 1962 merger of the Penn and Harris Township expanded the school system. The following year, Madison Township was also incorporated, creating today's Penn-Harris-Madison school district.

Penn High School continued to expand in the following years. By 1965, the school district was attended by over 1600 students. In the late 1980s, the school underwent renovations to enlarge the school.[2]


Penn High School students are divided into several academies. Freshmen are sorted into 6 freshman academies known as houses. Each house consists of roughly 160 students taught by the same core teachers. Prior to junior year, students choose to be a part of one of four academies: Fine Arts, STEM, Management and Business, and Health and Human Services.[3]

Penn High School offers 19 Advanced Placement classes[4] along with several Advanced College Project classes through a partnership with Indiana colleges. GPA is calculated on a 4.0 scale with college courses assigned a weighted grade that is on a 5.0 scale.[5] Based on AP exam participation and passing rate, Penn students have a College Readiness Index of 30.0/100.0.[6]

For the class of 2012, Penn achieved a graduation rate of over 96%. 93% of students passed the state's English graduation exam while 91% passed Indiana's math graduation exam. 26% of Penn students scored a three or higher on an Advanced Placement exam.[7] Penn High School students averaged an SAT score of 1564 in 2010, compared to the Indiana state average of 1496.[8]

Extracurricular Activities[edit]


Boys Varsity Football[edit]

  • State Champions (4A) - 1983; (5A) - 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000[9]

Boys Varsity Basketball[edit]

Boys Varsity Baseball[edit]

  • State Champions - 1994, 1998, 2001[11]

Boys Varsity Soccer[edit]

  • State Champions - 1999[12]

Girls Varsity Volleyball[edit]

  • State Champions (4A) - 2010, 2011[13]

Competitive Poms[edit]

  • State Champions (Division II) - 1997, 2002, 2004[citation needed]
  • State Champions (Advanced Division) - 2010,[14] 2013

Rivals include Mishawaka High School, South Bend St. Joseph's High School, FW Snider, and Elkhart Memorial High School.

Academic Competitions[edit]

Academic Super Bowl[edit]

Penn High School participates in the Indiana Academic Super Bowl, run by the Indiana Association of School Principals. The state-wide competition consists of rounds of 25 multiple choice questions that students answer as a team.[15][16]

Teams from Penn have had several victories at the Super Bowl. They won in English in 2007, science in 2003 and 2010, and social studies in 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2008–2014.[17][18]

Spell Bowl[edit]

Quiz Bowl[edit]

Band, Orchestra, and Guard[edit]

Winter Guard[edit]

Penn's winter guard participates in state contests run by IHSGA.[19]

Marching Band[edit]

Penn's marching band as a Class A school at the ISSMA competition.[20]

Concert Band[edit]

Since 2005, Penn's symphonic band has been an attendee at the ISSMA state finals event .[citation needed]

Concert Orchestra[edit]

Penn's symphonic orchestra has participated at the ISSMA state finals event ten times since 2003.[22]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Single Class Basketball for the State of Indiana until the 1997-1998 School Year


  1. ^ "Penn High School Student Body". US News and World Report. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Penn High School. History Information Sheet. May 24, 2013
  3. ^ "The Academies". Penn Harris Madison. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Course Menu for Penn Seniors". Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Special Programs". Penn High School. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Penn High School Test Scores". US News and World Report. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Penn High School Achieves 90-25-90 Status". Penn Harris Madison. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Average SAT Scores". Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "Boys Football". Indiana High School Athletic Association. Retrieved February 12, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Boys Basketball". Indiana High School Athletic Association. Retrieved February 12, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Boys Baseball". Indiana High School Athletic Association. Retrieved February 12, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Boys Soccer". Indiana High School Athletic Association. Retrieved February 12, 2011. 
  13. ^ "IHSAA Girls Volleyball State Records". IHSAA. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
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  17. ^ "Indiana Academic Competition Results History". Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  18. ^ "2012 Indiana Academic Super Bowl State Finals Results". IASP. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  19. ^ "Winter Guard Hall of Fame". Indiana High School Color Guard Association. Retrieved December 11, 2008. 
  20. ^ "Class A History". Indiana Marching. Retrieved April 21, 2008.
  21. ^ "Penn High School Band Index". Indiana Marching. Retrieved December 11, 2008.
  22. ^ "Concert Organization State Events Results". ISSMA. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  23. ^ "Fallen King Of Clubs Still Aces With Mom". Daily News (New York). March 26, 1997. 
  24. ^ "US Ski Team". Retrieved April 21, 2008.
  25. ^ Klimek, Marilyn, Students inspired by paralyzed skier, South Bend Tribune, November 1, 2001.
  26. ^ "Rosenthal to headline latest class of Indiana Football Hall of Fame". WNDU. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 

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