Jasper High School (Indiana)

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Jasper High School
Learning for Life
1600 Saint Charles Street
Jasper, Indiana, 47546
United States
Coordinates 38°24′9″N 86°57′0″W / 38.40250°N 86.95000°W / 38.40250; -86.95000Coordinates: 38°24′9″N 86°57′0″W / 38.40250°N 86.95000°W / 38.40250; -86.95000
Type Public high school
Established 1978
School district Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools
Principal Brian Wilson
Faculty 195
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1050
Song Indiana, Our Indiana
Athletics conference Big Eight
Nickname Wildcats
Gym Capacity 4,800

Jasper High School (JHS) is a public high school located in Jasper, Indiana, that serves grades 9 through 12 and is one of five Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools. The principal is Brian Wilson. JHS has an enrollment of approximately 1,050 students. The school's colors are black and gold. The school song is "Indiana, Our Indiana", and the mascot is the wildcat.[1]


Jasper High School was built in 1978 and subsequent remodeling was carried out in 2002. The facilities include 206,000 square feet, built on 50 acres of land. In 2014, the school was once again recognized as an Indiana "four star school".[2] Jasper draws students from the Bainbridge, Madison and Boone townships in Dubois County.[3]


Jasper High offers over eighty courses. The school follows a seven period daily schedule (8:00 am – 3:00pm), with two and a half lunch periods during fifth period. Jasper High School teaches three languages: German, Spanish, and French. Science courses include Biology (Regular and Honors), Integrated Chemistry and Physics (ICP), Chemistry 1 and 2, Physics (Regular, Honors, and AP), Earth and Space Science (Regular and Honors), and Anatomy and Physiology (A&P).

Gym Collapse[edit]

The New Gymnasium at JHS

On May 2, 2011, the main gym collapsed due to a buildup of rainwater on the roof, causing the school to be temporarily closed. The school used the Cabby O'Neill Gymnasium, located near the courthouse on 6th street, Jasper, as a temporary replacement while a new gymnasium was built.[4] This was the first time the Cabby O’Neill had hosted Jasper High School athletic events since 1977.[5] The school rebuilt the gymnasium and an open house and dedication ceremony was held on September 20, 2013.[6] The new gymnasium has a seating capacity of 4,800.[1]


Eight Jasper High School athletic teams have won Indiana High School Athletic Association state championships with the most recent being in 2006. Boys basketball captured the school's first title in 1949, winning the state's iconic single class postseason tournament. The Wildcats nipped Madison, 62-61, at Butler Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. [7]

The baseball team won its first of five state championships, and three in a row, in 1996 after beating Merrillville, 13-6, at Bush Stadium in Indianapolis. The following year, and final of the single class system, Terry Gobert lead his team to another championship after defeating Carmel, 10-8, at Victory Field. Victory Field is home of the Indianapolis Indians, Triple A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1998, the Wildcats accomplished what no other team in IHSAA history had done at the time. For the third straight year Jasper's baseball team reached the pinnacle after smashing Westfield in the 3A title game, 11-2.

In 1999, the boys tennis team returned from North Central High School with a state title after knocking off Center Grove by a team score of 3-2. [8] That team was coached by the late Ed Yarbrough, in which the new indoor tennis facility located on campus is named after.

The 4th baseball championship was won in 2000 when the Wildcats routed Plymouth High School, 10-3.

In 2001, the football team won its first state championship after beating Delta, 35-20, in the old RCA Dome in Indianapolis. [9]

Most recently, the 2006 baseball team (34-1) defeated Norwell in thrilling fashion, 13-12. Sam Linette slide around the tag at home plate as Josh Sermersheim sealed the win with a walk-off single as the Cats scored three runs in the bottom of the 7th to defeat eventual first round MLB pick, Jarrod Parker. Since 2006, the Wildcats have returned to Victory Field three times but have come up short in all three games losing to Andrean in 2010 and 2015 and Norwell in 2013.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Student Handbook, 2013-2014" (PDF). Jasper High School. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Jasper High School. "School Improvement Plan" (PDF). Jasper High School. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools. "District Profile". 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Eckerle, Greg (September 5, 2011). "Jasper thankful for old gym during rebuilding process". Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Historic high school basketball arenas". January 30, 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Raths, Bradford (23, 2013). "Greater Jasper Schools Holds Gym Ribbon Cutting". DC Broadcasting. Retrieved 4 February 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ "IHSAA Basketball State Champions". ihsaa.org. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "IHSAA Boys Tennis State Champions". ihsaa.org. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "IHSAA Boys Football State Champions". ihsaa.org. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  10. ^ Tanton, Bill (July 8, 1993). "Ex-Bullet Hoffman named All-Indiana, at age 68 BASKETBALL". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  11. ^ Eckerle, Greg (March 4, 2008). "'Greatest game' lives on". Evansville Courier & Press. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Mauck brings maturity and quiet leadership to LSU". ESPN. September 27, 2003. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 

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