Hamilton Southeastern High School

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Hamilton Southeastern High School
Hamilton Southeastern Logo.jpg
13910 East 126th Street
Fishers, Indiana, Hamilton County 46038
United States
Coordinates 39°58′15″N 85°55′00″W / 39.97083°N 85.91667°W / 39.97083; -85.91667Coordinates: 39°58′15″N 85°55′00″W / 39.97083°N 85.91667°W / 39.97083; -85.91667
Type Public
Motto Promote Respect, Foster Pride, Inspire Excellence
Established 1964
School district Hamilton Southeastern Schools
CEEB code 151045
Principal Matt Kegley
Faculty 140
Grades 9–12
Number of students 2983
 • Grade 9 720
 • Grade 10 535
 • Grade 11 763
 • Grade 12 763
Hours in school day 7:35 - 2:55
Athletics conference Hoosier Crossroads Conference
Mascot Royals
(Roary the crowned lion)
Newspaper Orb
Yearbook Sceptre
Feeder schools Hamilton Southeastern Junior High School
Fishers Junior High School
Riverside Junior High School
Alumni Website
Snapshot HSEHS
Gym Size: 3,520

Hamilton Southeastern High School (HSE or HSHS) is a four-star, former Blue Ribbon public high school in Fishers, Indiana, United States. It is a part of the Hamilton Southeastern School District.

Enrollment was 2698 students for the 2010-2011 school year,[1] 2505 students for 2008-2009, 2071 students for 2007-2008, and 2260 for 2006-2007.


Until 1964, Fishers High School served southeastern Hamilton County. In 1963, the office of Superintendent of County Schools was eliminated due to Indiana's school district consolidation initiative. The Hamilton Southeastern School District was then created along with the new Hamilton Southeastern High School. In 1969, the original Fishers High School was demolished.

During the 2003–2004 school year, the Hamilton Southeastern school district opened the Hamilton Southeastern High School Freshman Campus, which would house the district's high school freshmen until the 2006–2007 school year. In the fall of 2006, the HSE Freshman Campus became the second high school in the HSE school district, Fishers High School. In summer 2009, the cafeteria was expanded to accommodate more students.[2]

A new cafeteria and hallway replaced much of the original HSE High School courtyard in the summer of 2010. The addition was part of a $1.5 million project to combat overcrowding and help ease foot traffic.

In 2012, freshmen were put into a Freshman Campus at the location of the old junior high until the senior wing addition, which opened for the 2015-2016 school year, was complete. The Freshman Campus then became Fall Creek Junior High School.

Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, the newly built College and Career Academy was opened for students.[3]


Hamilton Southeastern High School became an ED National Blue Ribbon School for 2004–2005, being in the top 4% of schools nationwide.[4]

HSEHS earned a silver medal from U.S. News & World Report magazine in 2008[5] and 2009.[6] With five stars, it is also ranked 9th out of 392 public high schools in Indiana, according to School Digger.[7]

HSE was an Indiana Chamber of Commerce Best Buy School every year from 1999 to 2008,[8] and it was named the Head of the Class in 2008, only one in ten of Indiana's 350 public schools given this distinction.[9]

Academics and curriculum[edit]

Hamilton Southeastern runs on a traditional schedule with seven classes per day beginning at 7:35 am and ending at 2:55 pm. There are three lunch periods during 5th period. In addition, there is a Student Mentor and Resource Time (SMaRT) period every Monday after third period, which is a special information period for freshmen and study hall for upperclassmen.

In the 2015-2016 school year, the College and Career Academy was opened. The CCA was created in order for students to experience a college-like environment. The additions include new classrooms, café, commons area, art room and expanded science labs.[3] Renovations were also made to the fine arts department.

A new program called "Senior Flex" allows students meeting certain requirements to leave the campus during school hours for class periods called flex periods.[10]

HSE offers most standard classes, as well as many classes with national programs. These include Project Lead the Way in both engineering and biomedical sciences, and the Academy of Finance. 32 Advanced Placement classes are offered.[11] 67 percent of students have passed at least one AP exam.[6]

HSE students create three different media throughout the year. The Royal print media are The Orb and The Sceptre. The Orb is a biweekly newspaper which highlights school, district, world, sports, and opinion topics, and The Sceptre is the school yearbook. A daily video is shown to all students in 6th period with announcements and school sports news. All school media is created by students in respective in-school classes, rather than in clubs.

Performing arts[edit]

Hamilton Southeastern's performing arts department consists of bands, orchestras, and choirs. There are four bands, three orchestras, and five choirs. The Wind Ensemble band has played at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2001 and at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. in 2007. They were also the Indiana State School Music Association state champions in 2000.

Hamilton Southeastern also has extracurricular band activities such as winter percussion, winter guard, jazz band, and pep band.[12]

The Royal Command and Guard marching band was the 2007 Mid-States Band Association Class AA grand champion in Beavercreek, Ohio. They marched in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2012.

The Royal Edition and Royal Sensation choirs earned first place at the Smoky Mountain Music Festival in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.


Activities and clubs[edit]

Student organizations include Student council, National Honor Society, Academic Teams, Math Team, Mock Trial Team, Speech and Debate Team, Destination Imagination, Film Club, Drama Club, Philosophy Club, Ping-Pong Club, French Club, Spanish Club, German Club, Key Club, World Connections Club, FFA, DECA, Interact Club, Military History Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Robotics Club, Cru, SWAG, the Ski-Snowboard Club, and the Principal's Advisory Council.

Club team awards[edit]

  • The Quiz Bowl team were finalists at nationals in 2007 and 2010 and won the Cardinal Quiz Bowl on local television in 2005 and 2007.[13] They were runners-up in 2007 and 2010 on the Brain Game, another locally televised tournament.[14]
  • The Hamilton Southeastern We the People team has attended the national competition in Washington D.C. four times. After winning the state competition, they went on to place fifth in 2005, sixth in 2007, and fifth in 2009. They won the state competition in 2008, setting the state record, with five of six units winning first place, and also earning the largest point differential between first and second place teams.[15]
  • HSE has a nationally recognized Mock Trial team. They have been national champions in 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2016. They were also the national runners-up in 2002, 2008, 2009, and 2010, and took fourth place in 2001 and 2005.
  • Hamilton Southeastern High School has sent at least one Destination Imagination team to Global Finals at the University of Tennessee every year since 2006.
  • Southeastern Rugby had a 12–2 season in 2008 and went on to win the Division II state title. Throughout the entire main season, they were never scored on at home, and they were undefeated against Division II teams. In their playoff run, the Royals shut out all opponents and outscored them 82-0.
  • The Hamilton Southeastern FFA has many livestock and horse judging teams that often advance to state and national competitions. The FFA also sends students to national conferences, such as the Washington (D.C.) Leadership Conference, and other events where students from HSE set themselves apart from other FFA members. The Hamilton Southeastern FFA has had two Indiana State FFA officers, Morgan Gadd and Shelby Riley.


HSE participates in sports under IHSAA regulations and in IHSAA state rankings and tournaments. It is a member of the Hoosier Crossroads Conference.

There are also the club sports (non-IHSAA) of cheerleading, boys' and girls' rugby, boys' volleyball, boys' hockey, and boys' and girls' bowling.

State championships[edit]

  • Football: 1981–82 (Class A)
  • Girls' golf: 2003–04, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12
  • Softball: 2006–07 (Class AAAA), 2009–10
  • Boys' swimming: 2006–07
  • Competitive cheerleading: 1995, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011,2012
  • Boys' track and field: 2013[16]

Notable people[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.hse.k12.in.us/HHS/enrollment.asp
  2. ^ "Indystar". indy.com. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Current in Fishers". Retrieved 18 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Schools Recognized 2003 Through 2007" (PDF). BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS PROGRAM. p. 10. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  5. ^ "Silver Medal Winners 2008" (PDF). U.S. News World Report. p. 9. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  6. ^ a b "Hamilton Southeastern High School". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2016-12-18. 
  7. ^ "Hamilton Southeastern High School". schooldigger.com. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  8. ^ http://www.doe.in.gov/octe/technologyed/pdf/goodnews_best_buy.pdf
  9. ^ "Indiana Chamber names HSEHS one of ten 'Head of the Class' schools". Hamilton Southeastern Schools. December 17, 2008. Archived from the original on 2009-02-11. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  10. ^ "College and Career Academy". 
  11. ^ "Hamilton Southeastern High School Course Description Guide". Retrieved 2016-12-18. 
  12. ^ "HSE Bands". 
  13. ^ "Indiana Quiz Bowl History". Indiana Quiz Bowl. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  14. ^ "Westfield Insurance Brain Game". WTHR. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  15. ^ "HSEHS We the People team wins state contest". Hamilton Southeastern Schools. December 22, 2008. Archived from the original on 2009-02-12. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  16. ^ http://www.ihsaa.org/dnn/Schools/StateChampHistory/StateChampionshipsbySchool/tabid/1940/Default.aspx#35772029-h
  17. ^ Chappell, Mike (September 10, 2010). "Reitz thrilled to join Colts". The Indianapolis Star. Archived from the original on 2010-10-13. Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  18. ^ "Chris Summers Bio - ESPN". ESPN. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 

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