Ben Davis High School

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Ben Davis High School
Location
1200 North Girls School Road
Indianapolis, Indiana, Marion County 46214
United States
Coordinates 39°47′5.00″N 86°17′27.00″W / 39.7847222°N 86.2908333°W / 39.7847222; -86.2908333Coordinates: 39°47′5.00″N 86°17′27.00″W / 39.7847222°N 86.2908333°W / 39.7847222; -86.2908333
Information
Type Public high school
Motto Every Child Everyday Achieving Success in Every Way.
Established 1892
Locale Large city
School district M S D Wayne Township
Principal Sandra Squire
Assistant Principal Matt Clodfelter
Mike Lile
Martha Sacks
Rodney Smith
Kevin Britt
Faculty 191
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 3,098 (2013-2014)
Campus size 6A (IHSAA)
Color(s)          
Athletics conference Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference
Team name Giants
Website

Ben Davis High School, also known as "BDHS", is a 4-year American high school in Marion County, Indianapolis, Indiana.

History[edit]

Ben Davis was first established in 1892. The current school building was constructed in 1965. The school underwent extensive construction and renovation from 1998–2002 and experienced another addition of more classrooms which was completed prior to the 2007/2008 school year. With the newly opened Ninth Grade Center, the school boasts over 1,000,000 square feet (93,000 m2) under one continuous roof.

The school is named for the 1880s Vandalia Railroad Executive Benjamin Davis. He was instrumental in getting a stop on the railroad for a small community that would come to bear his name. The community members were so appreciative of Davis's efforts that they named the stop after him. The community around the stop became known as "Ben Davis".

The first Ben Davis High School was built in 1892. That school was replaced in the early 20th century by a bigger building at the corner of what is now Morris Street and High School Road. During the Great Depression, a larger school was built just up the road as part of the Works Progress Administration. Ben Davis High School remained in that location until the current building was established in 1965. The old Ben Davis Junior High School was renovated and now serves as Ben Davis University High School.

Ben Davis High School has received the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence award[1] from the United States Department of Education.

The school is part of the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township.

As of 2011 (per IHSAA), it has a student enrollment of around 2,956 and a staff of 178.[2] The attached Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center houses 1,150 freshman students.[3]

Athletics[edit]

Ben Davis High School has won multiple state championships under the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA). They have won a total of 27 IHSAA state championships:

  • Eight in Football (1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2014[4]);
  • Four in Cross Country (1962, 1989, 1990, 1995);
  • Three in Girls Swimming (1978, 1979, 1980),
  • Four in Girls Basketball (2000, 2001, 2009, 2010);
  • Two in Boys Basketball (1995, 1996);
  • Three in Boys Track and Field (2008, 2009,2010);
  • Volleyball in 1979;
  • Baseball in 1981;
  • Boys Golf in 1992[5]

Ben Davis High School is a member of the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference, which is known as one of the most competitive conferences in the Midwest. The team's nickname is the Giants. The 2008/2009 Lady Giants basketball team finished the season ranked number one in the nation by USA Today's Top 25 poll and ESPN's Rise Poll. This marks the third team national championship in school history. Boys Track and Field 2009 being the second and the 1991 football team was national champion in the former ESPN/Scholastic Sports America poll, as well as the National Prep Poll and National Sports News Service Poll.[6]

Academic clubs[edit]

The school also has a speech, debate, journalism, and communications program. Ben Davis is home to WBDG Giant 90.9 FM, a 400-Watt FM radio station operated by students. WBDG went on the air in 1966 and continues to broadcast today 24 hours, 7 days per week. BDHS publishes a student yearbook called Keyhole, Giant Visions, a literary magazine, and a student newspaper, Spotlight. In 2003, the school re-launched BDTV, a video production house, within the Area 31 Career Center where students produce a weekly school newscast and a variety of other video productions for the township.

Ben Davis provides a career center which provides vocational training and serves nine regional schools, (Avon High School, Brownsburg High School, Cascade High School, Danville Community High School, Decatur Central High School, Monrovia High School, Mooresville Consolidated High School, Speedway High School, Tri-West High School).

The school has been authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

Performing arts[edit]

The Ben Davis Marching Giants have traveled across the country on invitation to march in various parades and festivals, including the King Kamehameha parade in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, and the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California and The Inaugural Parade for President Reagan Jan. 1985 in Washington DC. The band has also won numerous Indiana state titles, finishing first in the Indiana state competition in 1976, 1977, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, and 1993. Also, the band has had success on the national level, finishing ninth in the Bands of America National Marching Band Competition in 1981 and second in 1982, and finishing ninth and tenth in the Bands of America Grand National Championships in 2004 and 2008, respectively. In 2012, the Marching Giants traveled to Pasadena to again represent Ben Davis High School in the Tournament of Roses Parade. The Marching Giants were also the champions at the Indiana State Fair Band Day five times in 1960, 1961, 1964, 1966, and 1967.[7]

In 2014, the Ben Davis Winter Guard won the school's first IHSCGA Open Class State Championship. The guard were repeat champions in 2015.

Ben Davis has three competitive choirs. "Purple-Aires" is an advanced concert choir that has been named grand champion at numerous competitions throughout the years. "Premiers" is a mixed show choir which consistently places in the top five at area competitions. In 2010, the "Premiers" attended the ISSMA Choir State Championships where they placed 2nd overall and won the best vocal sound caption award. "Sounds," formerly known as "Soundsations," is a women's show choir. "Sounds" placed second at the 2010 ISSMA State Show Choir State Championships. Sounds were named ISSMA Women's Show Choir State Champions at the 2011 and 2013 championships.

Ben Davis' Theatre Department is expanding, increasing their season to include four shows throughout the year. In the 2008-2009 school year, they were invited to perform in Edinburgh, Scotland at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and in 2009, they performed for the first time in the Indy Fringe Festival.

Notable alumni[edit]

School partnerships[edit]

Country School Name Partner since Comments
Germany Germany Gymnasium Letmathe Iserlohn 2009 First visit from Germany: October and November 2009. First stay in Germany: March and April 2010.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/list-1982.pdf
  2. ^ http://www.wayne.k12.in.us/bdinformation/school_facts.htm
  3. ^ http://www.wayne.k12.in.us/bdfresh/school_facts.htm
  4. ^ "Ben Davis overpowers Carmel for Class 6A state football title". indystar.com. Retrieved 28 Nov 2014. 
  5. ^ Ben Davis Athletics
  6. ^ nationalchampions, http://www.hsfdatabase.com
  7. ^ http://indianatrackmarchingbands.com/The_Bands/ben_davis.htm
  8. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/leaders/scoring_career.htm
  9. ^ "All About Jazz: Steve Allee". allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved 6 March 2010. 
  10. ^ "Robert Behning". Indiana House of Representatives. Retrieved 9 March 2016. 
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  13. ^ "WNBA Bio - Shyra Ely". WNBA.com. Retrieved 9 March 2016. 
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  15. ^ "NFL Bio - Corey Harris". NFL.com. Retrieved 9 March 2016. 
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  18. ^ "Indiana State government Bio - Carolene Mays". IN.gov. Retrieved 9 March 2016. 
  19. ^ "Randy Wittman Bio". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 9 March 2016. 

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