Western School Corporation

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Western School Corporation is a public school district which serves Russiaville, Alto, New London, West Middleton, and southwestern Kokomo in Howard County, Indiana. The school buildings themselves straddle two Howard County townships, Harrison and Monroe. The district itself spans three Howard County Townships: Harrison, Honey Creek and Monroe.

The school came to national attention in the mid-1980s due to its expulsion of hemophiliac Ryan White for being HIV-positive. 117 parents (from a school of 360 total students) and 50 teachers signed a petition encouraging school leaders to ban White from school. Western's biggest rival is Northwestern School Corporation.


  • Randy McCracken, Superintendent

Building directory[edit]

  • Western Administration Building
  • Western Primary School (K-2)
  • Western Intermediate School (3-5)
  • Western Middle School (6-8)
  • Western High School (9-12)

Western High School[edit]

Western High School was Founded in 1949. in 2008-2009 its enrollment was 813.

Its Colors are black and white and its mascot is the panther.


  • ISSMA State Champions:Class C-1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1991, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014; Class B-1988
  • ISSMA State Runner-Ups:Class C-2007, 2013
  • Bands of America Grand National Champions, Class A: 1984(5th overall), 1985(10th overall), 1988(12th overall), 1990(14th overall), 2012(31st overall)
  • IHSAA State Championships: 3- Girls' Golf Team (2002), Baseball Class 3A (2012), Girl's Basketball 3A (2014)
  • IHSAA State Runner-Ups: 4 [2-Girls' Softball (1993, 1994); 2- Girls' Golf Team (2002, 2004)]
  • The High School competes in the Mid-Indiana Conference (MIC) for athletics.
  • Robotics Team: Panthertech [1] (292)- Newton Award Winner 1 (2003)

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Mike Fulk - former NFL football player with the San Francisco 49ers.
  • Annette Griessman - children's author.
  • Prateek Mithal - Bollywood film director.
  • Ezra Hendrickson - former MLS and international soccer player.
  • Ryan White - hemophiliac. Contracted AIDS from blood transfusion before moving into Western School district, was denied a certificate by County Health Officer to attend school and subsequently banned under state law from Western School Corporation in the mid-1980s until a court ruling overrode existing requirements for such certifications (was never expelled, as has been mistakenly reported).


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