Seymour High School (Indiana)
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|Seymour High School|
|1350 W. 2nd St.
|School district||Seymour Community Schools|
|Feeder schools||Seymour Middle School|
Prior to 1870 an iron fence separated a tract of forest land from the growing town of Seymour. In that year the tree-covered plot was leased by the town school board and work began on a three-story brick building facing the east. The heirs of Captain Meedy Shields later gave this land to the city for school purposes.
Here stood the first Shields High School, surrounded by trees and for many years bordered on the west by a great pond. On the first floor were two grade rooms and the public library; on the second, two grade rooms and the superintendent's office; and on the third, the music room and the assembly room.
In 1876 there had been an addition of six rooms, but the growing population of Seymour now demanded even more space if the supply of rooms was to meet the needs of the pupils. In 1911, a new school building arose on the foundations of the old. This building is the one which houses the Shields Junior High School today.
It was not long until sports and inter-school competition came into prominence. By 1922 students and citizens alike complained of the smallness of the Shields gymnasium, so in 1922 a south wing was added to the school. This contained an auditorium-gymnasium and above it six classrooms.
In the middle of the 1930s sports fans again began to clamor for a gymnasium big enough to house all the Owl supporters and in November 1937 a fire-proof structure with a capacity of 3308 was begun as a WPA project. The seating capacity was later expanded to 3800.
In September 1959, Shields High School was moved to completely new facilities on 61 acres (250,000 m2) at the west edge of Seymour. The 9th grade remained, along with grades 7 and 8, in the Shields High School facilities and became known as the Shields Junior High School. In addition to classroom and laboratory facilities, the new two-story building contained the school's administrative ad guidance offices, a 110 seat library, an 1100 seat auditorium, and a 300-seat cafeteria. In 1960 the football stadium and an all-purpose track were added to the high school campus. In 1968 work began on a new gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, and a separate academic facility consisting of ten classrooms, two science labs, and two industrial arts labs. These new facilities were ready for occupancy in the fall of 1970, and at that time, ninth grade students again became part of the high school. A fourth building, the power heating plant, varsity and reserve baseball diamonds, and eight tennis courts are also located on campus.
In 1988, the library and business classrooms above the library were renovated and enlarged, and an additional computer lab was constructed for the business department. In 1992, the guidance and administrative offices were renovated and enlarged. In 1997 a two year, $18 million renovation and building expansion project that included the construction of a new auxiliary gym, a new science wing, a hallway linkage between the original building and the 1968 building, and extensive remodeling of all classrooms, the cafeteria and the Earl D. Prout was completed. In the spring of 2000 ground was broken on a major renovation of the stadium including the remodeling of locker rooms and the construction of a new weight and training room.
In 2007, the girls softball facility was completely remodeled including the construction of dugouts and an announcers' booth. An indoor multi-purpose athletic facility was also constructed adjacent to the varsity baseball field.
In 2011, due to a flood the street in front of the Auditorium had to be removed and replaced.
In 2012, Seymour High School became the first school in Indiana to film a "Lip Dub." This was a large project which was filmed on the morning of May 3, 2012 and was premiered to SHS students on Monday Afternoon, May 7. The video went viral online gaining over 13,000 views and attracting large audiences to the Seymour High School webpage. The video was filmed by the team at Klaes Image Productions, a film company located next door to the school. The video can be viewed on www.vimeo.com/klaesimage/shslipdub.