Washington High School (South Bend, Indiana)

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Washington High School
Established 1938
Type Public secondary
Principal Brian Sanders
Students 1,093
Grades 9–12
Location South Bend, Indiana, United States
Coordinates 41°40′30″N 86°18′52″W / 41.67500°N 86.31444°W / 41.67500; -86.31444Coordinates: 41°40′30″N 86°18′52″W / 41.67500°N 86.31444°W / 41.67500; -86.31444
Campus Urban
Colors Kelly Green and White
Mascot Panther
Rival South Bend Clay
Yearbook Memory Lane
Newspaper The Hatchet
Military United States Air Force JROTC
Website community.michiana.org/washngtn/index.html

Washington High School is a public high school located at 4747 W. Washington on the West Side of South Bend, Indiana, United States. It is part of the SBCSC magnet program, where it is the Medical/Allied Health Magnet Program.


Washington High School first opened its doors in 1938, moving to its current location on February 1, 1960. The project had been started in 1956, when the financing for the building was allocated. Approximately $4,000,000 dollars were set aside for the construction. Maurer and Maurer architectural firm was hired to build the facility, and ground breaking occurred on October 22, 1958. Since 1959, the building has undergone some changes. A second gymnasium has been added, along with updates to the athletic fields. Beginning in 2002, a massive school renovation began. The building gained many classrooms, a new lunchroom, and new gymnasium. The original school was located on West Sample St. at Humpherey's Court, after the school moved the original building served as the South Bend campus of Ivy Tech.


Washington has a rich sports heritage, winning four mythical state football championships in 1939, 1943, 1953 and 1969, as well as the first state tournament championship in 1973.

The girls basketball team were state runners-up in 2006, 2008 and 2009, winning the state championship in 2007. The program produced two of the nation's top girls basketball prospects in Jacqueline Batteast and Skylar Diggins. Diggins was ranked 3rd overall in the ESPN "Hot 100" and was 1st overall for guards. Diggins played for the University of Notre Dame and followed Batteast as one of the best female athletes to attend Washington and play Div-1A basketball.

On September 3, 2011, Gehrig Dieter set a national record for receiving yards in a high school football game, with 447 yards against Elkhart Central High School. 2 weeks prior, Dieter had set an Indiana state record for receiving yards with 373 yards against Bloomington High School North.[1] in that same season Washington won semi-state.

The Panthers' chief rivals are Mishawaka High School, South Bend Clay High School and South Bend Riley High School.


In 2005, the South Bend Community School Corporation moved into a magnet school corporation. Washington was chosen as the Medical/Applied Health Magnet Program. The 2012 graduation rate was 86%, with a total number of 254 graduates. The 2012-2013 enrollment is 987, of which 68% are Black, 16% are White, 12% are Hispanics, 4% are Multiracial, 0% are Native American, and 0% are Asian.

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