East Central High School (Indiana)

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East Central High School
1 Trojan Place
St. Leon, Indiana, Dearborn County 47012
United States
Coordinates 39°16′45″N 84°58′27″W / 39.279246°N 84.974053°W / 39.279246; -84.974053Coordinates: 39°16′45″N 84°58′27″W / 39.279246°N 84.974053°W / 39.279246; -84.974053
Type Public high school
Established 1973
School district Sunman-Dearborn Community Schools Corporation
Principal Bev Ester
Faculty 63
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1344
Team name Trojans

East Central High School is the sole high school of the Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corporation, located in St. Leon, Indiana.


The school was established in 1973.


The school serves approximately 1350 students in grades 9-12 and has a 22:1 student-to-teacher ratio. An equal balance of male and female students is enrolled. The school population is predominantly white Caucasian with only 1% diversity. A total of 18% of the high school population falls within the free/reduced status. The faculty consists of 63 teachers, 4 administrators, 3 counselors, and 12 teaching assistants. The school has a 22:1 student-to-teacher ratio, and operates on a schedule of 7 periods a day. The year is divided into two semesters with two nine-week grading periods per semester. Teachers continually strive to provide the most up-to-date curriculum incorporated with modern teaching methods. In the spring of 2011, East Central High School was recognized by Washington Post as “one of the nation’s top 1,900 schools” and has been recognized as an exemplary school by the Department of Education. In 2012 and 2013, East Central High School earned an “A” letter grade by the Indiana Department of Education.

The campus includes numerous classrooms, an abundance of computer labs, a 1,500-seat Performing Arts Center, a field house, and state-of-the art athletic facilities. Students in grades 9-12 are served by three full-time counselors, and students are assigned to counselors alphabetically by last name. Students in grades 11 and 12 are eligible to attend the Southeastern Career Center in order to pursue a career/technical program.

The curriculum offered by East Central High School provides students with a wide range of academic and educational opportunities. The school offers 59 core curriculum classes, 90 elective classes, 62 career/technical courses, 15 Advanced Placement courses, and 15 dual credit courses for a total of 50 college credits. Students have the opportunity to earn dual college credits from Indiana University and IVY Tech College; participate and test with the College Board for AP courses, and earn workplace certifications in over 36 areas.

Graduates are well prepared to pursue post-secondary education and/or the workforce after graduation. Over 80% of the graduates achieve an Academic Honors Diploma, Technical Honors Diploma, or Core 40 diploma. Coupled with the 80% of the graduates pursuing post-secondary education and training and 5% enlisting in the military, ECHS provides a solid educational foundation to students for future success.

ECHS enjoys a very active student body with well over 50% of students participating in one or more extracurricular activities. With over 35 extracurricular clubs available, students are able to in a variety of activities designed to meet the likes and talents of a diverse population.


  • Recognized by Washington Post as one of nation's Top 1,900 schools
  • 18 Lilly Endowment Scholarship Winners
  • Business Professionals of America National Qualifier
  • 28 EIAC All-Sports Championships
  • 1 WCPO Student of the Week


Nearly one-third of the student body participates in one or more of the 20 varsity sports offered at ECHS. East Central is a member of the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference (EIAC), and has won 28 all sports championships. Sports include football, soccer, cross country, tennis, basketball, swimming, wrestling, baseball, softball, track, golf, volleyball, and cheerleading.

East Central participates in the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference. The school is the largest in the conference, participating at the 4A classification at all sports in the IHSAA. Due to its size and proximity to I-74 the Trojans regularly compete against schools in Cincinnati area.

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