Springs Valley High School

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Springs Valley Junior-Senior High School
326 S. Larry Bird Boulevard
French Lick, IN, 47432
Type Public secondary school
Established 1957
Principal Troy Pritchett
Color(s) Black, Gold & White             
Athletics IHSAA Class A
Nickname Blackhawks

Springs Valley Junior-Senior High School is a secondary school located in French Lick, Indiana. Athletic teams at the school are nicknamed "Blackhawks". The school opened in 1957 after the consolidation of French Lick and West Baden High Schools. In the Blackhawks' first season of 1957-58, they advanced to the final four of the Indiana state tournament losing to the eventual state champion, Fort Wayne South Side, 55-42.

The Junior High/High School band the "Blackhawk Brigade" was directed by Gilbert Aylsworth. His son John Aylsworth took over as director upon the Senior Aylsworth's retirement. There was a period of a few years after John retired in 1994 that the band was directed other directors. In 2001 Luke Aylsworth, John's son took over as director for the band. The Blackhawk Brigade won the Class C state championship in 1977 and runner-up in 1978, 1992, and 2007. They have been to the state finals twenty times. The Brigade moved to Class D in 1981.

Notable alumni[edit]

Larry Bird, former NBA player for Boston Celtics and president of basketball operations for the Indiana Pacers. Bird started for French Lick/West Baden's high school team, Springs Valley High School, where he left as the school's all-time scoring leader.

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