Portage High School

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Portage High School
Portage, Indiana
Coordinates 41°33′08″N 87°10′11″W / 41.55222°N 87.16972°W / 41.55222; -87.16972Coordinates: 41°33′08″N 87°10′11″W / 41.55222°N 87.16972°W / 41.55222; -87.16972
Funding type Public
Opened 1980
School district Portage Township Schools
Principal Caren Swickard
Staff 130+
Grades 9–12
Number of students 2632 (2010 enrollment)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 21[1]

Red, Black, and White

Song Go U Northwestern
Mascot Indian
Newspaper Pow Wow
Yearbook Legend
TV Station Indians News Network (INN)

Portage High School is a public high school in Indiana that serves grades 9 through 12. The school has been in the area since the 1960s but can be dated back to the 1940s. The school serves the Portage, Indiana area as well as the South Haven area of Valparaiso, Indiana and Ogden Dunes, Indiana. The principal is Caren Swickard.


  • Principal- Caren Swickard[2]
  • Assistant Principal for 12th Grade- Lynn Alkire
  • Assistant Principal for 11th Grade- John Zack
  • Assistant Principal for 10th Grade- Jenn Sass
  • Assistant Principal for 9th Grade- Michael Spagna
  • Assistant Principal for 9th Grade- Brett Munden


Portage High School offers a wide range of athletics including:

  • Football (State Champions, 1977 (3A); Runner Up, 1994 (5A))
  • Soccer
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Track and Field
  • Cross Country (State Champions: 1974, 1984, 1992, 1999; Runner Up: 1973, 1981, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1998[3])
  • Volleyball
  • Tennis
  • Gymnastics (State Champion Uneven Parallel Bars: Tiffany Stewart, 1998)(State Champions 2013)
  • Golf
  • Wrestling (10 consecutive conference championships) (23 Sectional Championships) (15 Regional Championships)(10 Semi-state Championships) (2 State Runner Up Finishes) 12 Individual State Champions) (10 Individual State Runners Up)
  • Cheerleading
  • Swimming (State Champion Girls 100 Free and 200 Free: Kristy Siminski, 2002 [4])
  • Softball (State Champions, 2000 (3A), 2013 (4A))

All sports compete in the Duneland Athletic Conference (DAC).

Portage High School also hosts the 14th oldest MCJROTC unit in the United States. In 2008, 2010 and 2011 the Portage High School MCJROTC was named the top program in over sixteen mid-west states and one of the top four nationally (there are over 230 MCJROTC programs in the United States). As such, the school was awarded the prestigious Marine Corps Retired Officers Association Award. Perennially the program is named in the top twenty percent nationally. And most recently Portage High School was designated by the United States Marine Corps Training and Education Command as a “Naval Honor School” based on the MCJROTC’s accomplishments during the past school year.


Portage High School also offers a wide range of academic classes including AP classes and dual credit classes.

Publications Department[edit]

The Portage High School Publications Department is the National and State award winning student publications department of Portage High School. The department produces the school newspaper (the Pow Wow), which is a 2011 and 2013 Hoosier Star Finalist. Also, the student yearbook the (Legend, also a 2013 Hoosier Star Finalist and a 2013 Balfour National Sample book, and a website titled PHSNewsOnline.com. The website provides school news as well as local and national news. INN Morning News is a morning news broadcast at the school. The show broadcasts on INN-TV Channel 3 live, before Channel One News from the INN Broadcast Center located at the school.


  1. ^ a b "Portage High School". GreatSchools.org. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Portage Township Schools Homepage". 
  3. ^ http://www.newcastlexc.com/statehistory/boys/teamqualifiers/portage.htm
  4. ^ www.ihsaa.org/g-swimming/02GSwYearbook.pdf