Broad Ripple High School
|Broad Ripple High School|
1115 Broad Ripple Avenue
|School district||Indianapolis Public Schools|
|Principal||W. Briant Williams III|
|Teaching staff||44.00 (FTE)|
|Student to teacher ratio||11.41|
|Athletics conference||Indianapolis Public School Conference|
|Accreditation||North Central Association|
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 consisted 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 was accredited by the North Central Association.
Along with the Marching Rockets, Broad Ripple High School also had an extensive dance department where students learned both the fundamentals and extreme forms of dance. Another longstanding department involved in Broad Ripples Center for Performing Arts was the theatre department. With their past performances of Othello, Chicago, and the like, the Gene Poston Auditorium and the Studio 55 blackbox theatre was home to hundreds of curious, dedicated, theatre students. The theatre department offered 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, stemmed from the theatre department.
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.
Sports offered students at Broad Ripple included:
- Baseball (boys)
- Basketball (boys and girls)
- Boys state champion 1979-80
- Cross Country (boys)
- Football (boys)
- Golf (boys and girls)
- Gymnastics (girls)
- Soccer (boys and girls)
- Softball (girls)
- Swimming (boys and girls)
- Tennis (boys and girls)
- Boys state champion 1972-73
- Track (boys and girls)
- Volleyball (girls)
- Wrestling (boys)
- Abraham Benrubi (1987) - Actor
- Rosevelt Colvin (1995) - Former Purdue Boilermakers All-American football player. Former NFL linebacker for the New England Patriots and Chicago Bears
- Michael Graves (1950) - Architect most known for his design and commissioning of the Portland Building and the Denver Public Library
- Stephen Goldsmith (1964) - Former Marion County Prosecutor, Indianapolis Mayor and Deputy Mayor of New York City.
- George Hill (2004) - Current NBA player for the Cleveland Cavaliers
- David Letterman (1965) - entertainer and Indy Car team owner
- Arnold Mickens - Former NFL running back for the Indianapolis Colts
- Dohn Norwood (1993), actor, Hell on Wheels (TV series)
- Marilyn Quayle, (1967) - Wife of former Vice President of the United States Dan Quayle, mother of Arizona Congressman Ben Quayle.
- Stacey Toran (1980) - Former Notre Dame Fighting Irish football All-American. Former NFL defensive back for the Los Angeles Raiders
- Cory Wade (2001) - Former MLB relief pitcher for the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers
- Mike Woodson (1976) - Current NBA assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers. Former coaching positions include time with the New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks. Former NBA player (1980-1990) for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Sacramento Kings, New Jersey Nets and New York Knicks.
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