Broad Ripple High School

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Broad Ripple High School
Broad Ripple High School logo.gif
1115 Broad Ripple Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46220
United States
Coordinates 39°52′07″N 86°08′15″W / 39.86861°N 86.13750°W / 39.86861; -86.13750Coordinates: 39°52′07″N 86°08′15″W / 39.86861°N 86.13750°W / 39.86861; -86.13750
Type Public
Established 1886
School district Indianapolis Public Schools
Principal W. Briant Williams III
Teaching staff 45.00 (FTE)
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 538 (2013-2014)
Student to teacher ratio 11.96
Athletics conference Indianapolis Public School Conference
Team name Rockets
Accreditation North Central Association

Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts & Humanities, established in 1886, is a magnet school of the Indianapolis Public Schools.


Originally built in 1886 in the town of Broad Ripple, the school started with seven students. The campus was destroyed by fire near the start of the 20th century but was rebuilt. In 1923, the school joined the Indianapolis Public Schools when the town of Broad Ripple was annexed into Indianapolis. Through the 1930s and 1940s, the school continued to grow. In 1961, the school became a haven for high school education in Indianapolis. Once a predominantly white, middle class school, and the last high school in the Indianapolis Public Schools to integrate, Broad Ripple gradually integrated in the 1950s and the first class to graduate African Americans was 1953.

In 1976, the Center for Performing & Visual Arts was created within the school. Two years later, the Center for Humanities became the second magnet program offered at Broad Ripple High School. The Center for Performing & Visual Arts and Center for Humanities at Broad Ripple High School offer students the opportunity for specialized study in the areas of arts and humanities. Both magnet programs provide college preparatory and individualized instruction designed to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to compete and succeed as productive citizens.


Additions, renovations, and annexations took place in 1896, 1913, 1935, 1939, 1949, 1960, 1970, 1988, 1991, and 2003. Enrollment reached its peak at 2,500 in 1995 after the closure of Washington and Howe high schools in Indianapolis. The campus consists of four buildings attached to each other. The official mascot of the school is the rocket; the school colors are orange and black. The school is accredited by the North Central Association.[3]

Along with the Marching Rockets, Broad Ripple High School also has an extensive dance department where students learn both the fundamentals and extreme forms of dance. Another longstanding department involved in Broad Ripples Center for Performing Arts is the theatre department. With their past performances of Othello, Chicago, and the like, the Gene Poston Auditorium and the Studio 55 blackbox theatre is home to hundreds of curious, dedicated, theatre students. The theatre department offers a well-rounded theatrical education, ranging from acting, directing, stage design and technology, and theatre history. Broad Ripple High School's longest standing tradition, Ripples Acts, stems from the theatre department.

Ripples Acts[edit]

Every year for over 70 years Broad Ripple High School has had an annual theater event in which a student or groups of students write a script with at least three musical numbers. Three of the scripts submitted are picked by a panel of teachers to be performed. The student writers are given a small budget and are responsible for to producing and directing the show. It is a two-night event, and on the second night awards are given for such categories as best song, best choreography, best lead actor and actress, best supporting actor and actress, best set, and best show.


The demographic breakdown of the 538 students enrolled in 2013-2013 was:

  • Male - 35.5%
  • Female - 64.5%
  • Native American/Alaskan - 0.2%
  • Asian/Pacific islanders - 0.6%
  • Black - 66.9%
  • Hispanic - 14.1%
  • White - 13.6%
  • Multiracial - 4.6%

83.1% of the students were eligible for free or reduced lunch.[2]


Sports offered students at Broad Ripple include:[1]

  • Baseball (boys)
  • Basketball (boys and girls)
    • Boys state champion 1979-80[4]
  • Cross Country (boys)
  • Football (boys)
  • Golf (boys and girls)
  • Gymnastics (girls)
  • Soccer ( girls)
  • Softball (girls)
  • Swimming (boys and girls)
  • Tennis (boys and girls)
    • Boys state champion 1972-73[4]
  • Track (boys and girls)
  • Volleyball (girls)
  • Wrestling (boys)

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Staff. "2015–2016 School Directory" (PDF). IHSAA. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Search For Schools and Colleges". Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  3. ^ "AdvancED - Institution Summary". Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "IHSAA State Championships by School". Retrieved December 13, 2015. 

External links[edit]