John Adams High School (Indiana)

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John Adams High School
John Adams High School South Bend 2015.jpg
808 S Twyckenham Dr
South Bend, St. Joseph County County, Indiana 46615
United States
Coordinates41°40′01″N 86°13′22″W / 41.667025°N 86.222848°W / 41.667025; -86.222848Coordinates: 41°40′01″N 86°13′22″W / 41.667025°N 86.222848°W / 41.667025; -86.222848
TypePublic high school
School districtSouth Bend Community School Corporation
PrincipalJames Seitz
Enrollment1,750 (2015-16)[1]
Athletics conferenceNorthern Indiana Athletic Conference
Team nameEagles
Gym Capacity1,430

John Adams High School (often referred to locally simply as Adams) is a public high school in South Bend, Indiana.


The campus is located between the historic River Park and Sunnymede neighborhoods in South Bend, Indiana. The neighborhood is on the east side of town, and Adams is referred to as "The Pride of the East Side". The school sits on around 20 acres (81,000 m2) across from Indiana University South Bend.

School Field, the home stadium for Adams football, is on the other side of the Sunnymede neighborhood, next to Jefferson Middle School.


John Adams High School opened on September 30, 1940 as part of a program sponsored by the Federal Works Agency and the Public Works Administration. The school opened late due to the polio epidemic of the 1930s. The school auditorium was once the only large performing stage in South Bend. It has been the site of many historical events and performers such as the premiere screening of Knute Rockne, All American, concerts by Kate Smith, Ezio Pinza and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a taping of The Fred Waring Show and a speech by John Wooden.

Selected scenes from the movie Rudy were filmed in John Adams High School.

The school's 2008-2009 enrollment was approximately 2000, which made it the second largest high school in the South Bend metropolitan area. The mock trial team at Adams won two national titles, in 2009 and 2011, as well as 16 state titles, making it the most successful competitive high school mock trial program in state history.

State and national recognition[edit]

John Adams Athletics has a total of 27 Indiana State Championships and 2 National Championships.

Seven sports have won state championships, and the mock trial program has won two national championships.

State Champions Years
Boys Wrestling 1966
Boys Swimming 1966, 1967, 1968
Girls Swimming 1972
Boys Golf 1973
Boys Tennis 1975
Volleyball 1977, 1979
Mock Trial 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017
National Champions Years
Mock Trial 2009, 2011

In 1966, the football team was ranked 3rd in Indiana State Rankings and 9th Nationally.
In the 1972-1973 season, the boys basketball team finished 2nd in Indiana state tournament.
In the 1978-1979 season, the boys basketball team was ranked 1st in every Indiana regular season poll.

In 2012 and 2013 Adams began to grow as an athletic power. In 2012, the basketball team won a sectional title and defeated the Lake Central Indians, led by future Michigan star Glenn Robinson, Jr in the regional semifinals. The following school year The football team, coached by Craig Redman, compiled a 9-3 record, equaling the school record for wins. Coach Redman won conference coach of the year in football, as well as wrestling. The Basketball team again won a sectional title. Along the way they defeated Penn, Mishawaka Marian, and New Haven, all teams who had players committed to play basketball at Notre Dame.

Fine arts[edit]

Under the direction of Kathleen Kohn, the orchestra sends ensembles and soloists to compete at the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) competition, earning several golds each year.

Show choir is a popular activity at Adams and nearly all performers in the ISSMA vocal competition receive a gold rating. They consistently perform in group I, the top group in ISSMA competitions.

The John Adams Eagle Marching Band performed at Open Class ISSMA regionals in 1996, 2006-2010. In 2007 the band received a gold rating with a score 70.85, the highest score in South Bend history. The Eagle Marching Band performed at Walt Disney World Magic Music Days in Orlando, Florida for Spring Break in 1998, 2000, and 2005. In 2007, the Jazz Ensemble went to New York for Spring Break. The John Adams Symphonic Winds and Concert Bands participate every year at the ISSMA Organizational Contest and every year sends performers to the ISSMA State Solo and Ensemble Competition. In addition, the two jazz bands at Adams are well-known locally for their performances, such as Big Band Bash and Jazz Soundsations, and they participate in state competitions such as the Ball State, Purdue and Western Michigan University Jazz Festivals. Dawn Forsythe - Band Director 1996-2010.


IB Program[edit]

John Adams began offering the IB Program in May, 2006.[4] Adams was the first inner-city school to offer the program, and remains the only South Bend high school to do so. The IB two-year program is among the most rigorous academic programs of study available to high school students.[5] IB test scores for Adams students in 2009 were above the world average in 6 out of the 10 tests.[6]

Budget cuts proposed in early 2010 by the South Bend Community School Corporation[7] that would have raised the cost to families of some IB testing fees were reduced or eliminated in March 2010.[8]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Adams High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  2. ^ "Researchers from John Adams High School - South Bend, IN". Archived from the original on 2012-09-10. Retrieved 2006-05-25.
  3. ^ "IB at John Adams High School - South Bend, IN" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-05-08. Retrieved 2006-05-25.
  4. ^ "International Baccalaureate Organization: John Adams High School". Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  5. ^ "International Baccalaureate Organization: The IB Diploma Programme". Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  6. ^ "Edline: John Adams Scores Higher than World Average". Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  7. ^ "Edline: South Bend Community School Corporation". Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  8. ^ "WSBT: South Bend school board makes millions in cuts, but chopping block not cleared yet". 29 March 2010. Archived from the original on April 1, 2010. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  9. ^ "NFL Bio - Anthony Johnson". Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  10. ^ "NFL Bio - Tom Ehlers". Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  11. ^ "Olympic Bio - Dan Harrigan". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved March 29, 2016.

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