Indian River High School (Delaware)

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Indian River High School is a part of the Indian River School District, located in Dagsboro, Delaware in southern Sussex County. The school district is one of the largest by land area in the State of Delaware. The district was formed in 1969 by the consolidation of several smaller districts including the Selbyville, Frankford, Dagsboro, Lord Baltimore, Millsboro, and Georgetown school districts.

Indian River High School participates in athletics in the Henlopen Conference and is one of the smaller high schools based on enrollment, thereby competing in the Henlopen South.

Indian River High School is one of two high schools in the district which also includes Sussex Central High School in Georgetown.


Remained an all-white school called John M. Clayton until 1967, long after Brown v. Board of Education.


Indian River High School alumni have attended schools such as Boston University, MIT, RIT, Swarthmore College, Cornell, UNCW, William and Mary, University of South Carolina, Lynchburg College, College of Charleston, Clemson University and Vanderbilt University, as well as many of the local colleges in the area. Many alumni also hold prominent positions in the community and state of Delaware.


The Indian River High School Indians compete in athletics in the Henlopen Conference. They are one of the smallest schools in the conference, based on enrollment, and thereby compete in the Henlopen South. The Indians have won 6 state championships with the latest coming in boy's soccer in 2013. The Indians have won two state football championships in 1988 and 2011, won two state championships in basketball in 1980 and 1981 and have won a championship in softball in 1998.


The history of the Indian River Indian's football team goes as far back as 1963 with their first win in the Henlopen Conference when the school was known as John M Clayton. Since its modest beginnings, the team has inspired somewhat of a cult following within the economically depressed community that clings to the team as their last bastion of self-respect (though it is usually a relatively unsuccessful one). In 1969, the state split the schools for football into two divisions. Indian River was placed in the Henlopen South Division in the conference and have won 16 division championships. Indian River's last southern division title came in 2013.[1]

Football State Championships[edit]

In 1988, the Indian River football team started hot winning 9 of their 10 regular season games. They were 6-0 in the southern division and their only loss came at Seaford who was a division one team at the time. The team was led by Quarterback Heath Hall. The Indians traveled to Claymont High School for their semi-final game and defeated them 34 to 19. Next game was for the state championship against Dickinson High School at Dover High School who came in undefeated at 11-0. The Indians won their first championship by a score of 18-13. They finished the season at 11-1.

The 2011 high school football season was a season that no one saw coming. The team was coming off two back to back 5-5 regular season records. The Indians ran threw the 2011 regular season schedule with an undefeated record. They won every game by at least 14 points and showcased a hurry up offence that had not been seen in the State of Delaware before. Their semi-final game was against Howard High School at IR. They won the game 49-14. Next came Caravel High School at Delaware State University field in Dover. Indian River claimed the Division 2 state championship beating Caravel, 35-13. Quarterback Jamie Jarmon had 3 rushing touchdowns and also intercepted two Jonathan Welch passes. The Indians cap off a perfect season at 12-0, winning their first state title since 1988 and the second in school history .[2]


The Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. is one of the many other extracurricular activities. The Drill Team and the Rifle Team have won countless awards for parades and competitions, as well as many other events.

Other Activities[edit]

Clubs included are: Band, Chorus, BPA (Business Professionals of America), Wise Guys, The Leo Club, NHS (National Honor Society), Math League, Academic Challenge, FFA (Future Farmers of America), JDG (Jobs for Delaware Graduates), Student Council, MCJROTC (As listed above), French Club, Science Olympiad, Soars, Yearbook Club, and KBG (Kick Butts Generation).


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Coordinates: 38°32′32″N 75°13′48″W / 38.5422°N 75.2300°W / 38.5422; -75.2300