Jasper High School (Indiana)

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Jasper High School
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Learning for Life
Address
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
Information
Type Public high school
Established 1978
School district Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools
Principal Brian Wilson
Teaching staff 54.30 (FTE)
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,095 (2013-2014)
Student to teacher ratio 20.17
Color(s)          
Song Indiana, Our Indiana
Athletics conference Big Eight
Nickname Wildcats
Gym Capacity 4,800
Website
[1]

Jasper High School (JHS) is a public high school located in Jasper, Indiana, that serves grades 9 through 12 and is one of five in the Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools' district. 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 set to the tune "Indiana, Our Indiana", and the mascot is the wildcat.[2]

History[edit]

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".[3] Jasper draws students from the Bainbridge, Madison and Boone townships in Dubois County.[4]

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.[5] This was the first time the Cabby O’Neill had hosted Jasper High School athletic events since 1977.[6] The school rebuilt the gymnasium and an open house and dedication ceremony was held on September 20, 2013.[7] The new gymnasium has a seating capacity of 4,800.[2]

Demographics[edit]

The demographic breakdown of the 1,095 students enrolled in 2013-2014 was:

  • Male - 51.0%
  • Female - 49.0%
  • Native American/Alaskan - 0.2%
  • Asian/Pacific islanders - 0.8%
  • Black - 0.4%
  • Hispanic - 7.9%
  • White - 90.3%
  • Multiracial - 0.4%

21.0% of the students were eligible for free or reduced lunch.[1]

Athletics[edit]

Jasper High School
IHSAA Athletic State Championships
SPORT TITLES YEAR(S)
Boys' Baseball (Class AAA) 3 1998, 2000, 2006
Boys' Baseball (Single-Class) 2 1996, 1997
Boys' Football (Class AAAA) 1 2001
Boys' Tennis 1 1999
Boys' Basketball (Single-Class) 1 1949
Total 8

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. [8]

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 the final of the single class system, Jasper won another championship after defeating Carmel, 10-8, at Victory Field, home of the Indianapolis Indians, Triple A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1998, for the third straight year, Jasper's baseball team beat Westfield in the 3A title game, 11-2.

The 4th baseball championship was won in 2000 when the Wildcats routed Plymouth High School, 10-3. Most recently, the 2006 baseball team (34-1) defeated Norwell 13-12. 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.[9]

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. [10]

In 2001, the football team won its first state championship after beating Delta, 35-20, in the old RCA Dome in Indianapolis. [11]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Jasper High School". ed.gov. Retrieved 12 December 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Student Handbook, 2013-2014" (PDF). Jasper High School. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Jasper High School. "School Improvement Plan" (PDF). Jasper High School. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools. "District Profile". 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Eckerle, Greg (September 5, 2011). "Jasper thankful for old gym during rebuilding process". Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Historic high school basketball arenas". January 30, 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Raths, Bradford (September 23, 2013). "Greater Jasper Schools Holds Gym Ribbon Cutting". DC Broadcasting. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "IHSAA Basketball State Champions". ihsaa.org. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  9. ^ Neddenriep, Kyle. "How did Jasper become the high school baseball capital of Indiana?". Indy Star. Retrieved 26 November 2015. 
  10. ^ "IHSAA Boys Tennis State Champions". ihsaa.org. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "IHSAA Boys Football State Champions". ihsaa.org. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  12. ^ Tanton, Bill (July 8, 1993). "Ex-Bullet Hoffman named All-Indiana, at age 68 BASKETBALL". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  13. ^ Eckerle, Greg (March 4, 2008). "'Greatest game' lives on". Evansville Courier & Press. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  14. ^ "Mauck brings maturity and quiet leadership to LSU". ESPN. September 27, 2003. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 

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