Perry Meridian High School
|Perry Meridian High School|
|Indianapolis, Indiana, USA|
|Type||Public high school|
|Assistant Principals||Kevin Albright, Sarah Brewer|
|Number of students||2,250|
Perry Meridian High School is a high school on 400 W. Meridian School Road in Indianapolis, Indiana, 46217, on the far southside of Indianapolis. It is one of two public high schools serving grades nine through twelve in the Perry Township, along with Southport High School. Enrollment count, submitted to the Indiana Department of Education for the 2009-10 school year, was 2,250.
Perry Meridian opened its doors in the fall of 1973 under principal James Head. Students and teachers came from Southport High School, which previously was the only high school in Perry Township. Perry Meridian only enrolled grades 9-11 during its first year. Southport students picked the school colors and mascot for Perry during the 1972-73 school year.
The current principal of Perry Meridian High School is Mr. Rolland Abraham, former principle of Shakamak High School in Jasonville, IN.
Freedom Writers Controversy
In March 2008, an English teacher (a 27-year veteran) at the high school, Mrs. Connie Heerman, was suspended without pay for using the book The Freedom Writers Diary in her classroom when "the school board contend[ed] she didn't follow the rules for getting permission to use it." In April 2008, the board voted to let this suspension run until the end of the semester in 2009.
- John Barker - Former professional wrestler, writer of "The Dead Cell" on Arcana Comics
- Claire Buffie - Miss New York 2010
- Frederic Chiu - Concert pianist
- Katie Douglas - WNBA basketball player, Indiana Fever
- Andy Hillenburg - World of Outlaws Sprint car driver and Indy 500 participant
- Matthew Lang - Published political scientist and Harvard Fellow
- Nate Moore - two-time state wrestling champion, All-state honors football player; current mixed martial artist
- Mike Neu - Former CFL quarterback, arena football coach
- Andre Owens - Former NBA basketball player
- Greg Wilson - Actor and casting director, Georgia Rule (2007)