Pike High School

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Pike High School
5401 W. 71st Street
Indianapolis, Indiana, Marion County 46268
United States
Coordinates 39°52′33″N 86°15′19″W / 39.87583°N 86.25528°W / 39.87583; -86.25528Coordinates: 39°52′33″N 86°15′19″W / 39.87583°N 86.25528°W / 39.87583; -86.25528
Type Public High School
Motto Developing The Future...One Child at A Time
Established 1892
School district Metropolitan School District of Pike Township
Principal Troy Inman
Faculty 162
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 3,275 (2015-2016)
Athletics conference Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference
Team name Red Devil
Yearbook Pike's Peek

Pike High School is a public high school on the northwest side of Indianapolis, Indiana so named for the township. Unlike neighboring townships, which often used "Central" in their names, the school could not use the name "Pike Central" due to the name already being taken.


Pike High School serves students in grades 9–12 in the Metropolitan School District of Pike Township.

In 2004, Pike High School was named an International Baccalaureate school.

Pike now offers more than 20 International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement classes. Starting with the 2010–2011 school year, Pike began offering Dual Credit classes.

BPA (Business Professionals of America)[edit]

Pike is an active member of BPA and is one of the largest chapters in Indiana.

In 2015, Nicholas Snow, Francisco Holguin, Carlos Montalvo-Hernandez, and Ripley Schenck took 1st place at state for Website Design Team. They later went to nationals and got 10th in the country. They had to create a website about a travel agency and this was their final product http://pikeworldtour.1apps.com.

Also in 2015, Nicholas Snow took 9th place at state for Fundamentals of Web Design, Carlos Montalvo-Hernandez took 10th place at state for Parliamentary Procedure Concepts.


For the 2015–16 school year, Pike had a total enrollment of 3275. Broken down by ethnicity, Pike had 2049 (62.6%) African American students, 319 (9.7%) White students, 620 (18.9%) Hispanic students, 215 (6.6%) Multiracial students, and 71 (2.2%) Asian or Pacific Islander students.


The athletic mascot is the Red Devil. The men's basketball team has taken state titles in 1998, 2001, and 2003. Notable basketball players who attended Pike include Courtney Lee,[1] Robert Vaden,[2] Jeff Teague,[3] David Teague,[4] Justin Cage (2003 Indiana Mr. Basketball[5]), Chris Thomas (2001 Indiana Mr. Basketball[6]), Marquis Teague,[7] and R.J. Hunter.[8] During Pike's 2002–2003 basketball season, they concluded the season at a perfect 29-0 mark, ranked first in the state, and second in nation behind St. Vincent-St. Mary's team, led by LeBron James.[9]

Other notable alumni include Lori Lindsey,[10] of the United States Women's National Soccer Team, Ashley Barlow, of the University of Notre Dame Women's Basketball team, and two time hammer throw Olympian (2008, 2012) Amber Campbell.

Performing arts[edit]

The Pike High School performing arts department includes over 800 students featured in 5 bands, 8 choirs, 7 orchestras, 2 dance classes, and 3 theatre classes.

In 2009, 2010, and 2011 the Pike Westside Rhythm Drumline won the IPA State Championships in Group A and Open Class. They were also finalists in the WGI Regional at Franklin Central High School. In 2009 they won 1st place in Scholastic A and in 2010 started out in A but were moved to Open Scholastic during finals and received 1st place. In the 2011 season, they started in Open Scholastic and received 1st place as well, the third time in a row they have won.

Encores and Mystiques are the top show choirs at Pike High School. Encores is the mixed choir that has won several awards throughout the years. Recently they won awards in 2009 including those at Warren Central High School (1st runner up), Ben Davis High School (Grand Champion), and Huntington North High School (2nd runner up). During their 2010 season,Encores collected awards at Ben Davis High School (2nd runner up), Lawrence Central High School (4th runner up), and at Watseka High School (Grand Champions). Mystiques is the women's choir and in 2010 they won numerous awards at Ben Davis High School (3rd place) and Lawrence Central High School (3rd place), and in Watseka, Illinois they won Grand Champion of the women's division and 5th place in the collective finals. In 2011, Mystiques placed 3rd runner up at Center Grove High School. In the same year, Encores collected awards at Center Grove High School (2nd runner up, Best Choreography, Best Male Soloist), Franklin Central High School (1st runner up), and Wheaton Warrenville South High School (2nd runner up). Encores was also honored with the invitation to perform at Show Choir Camps of America in Tiffin, Ohio. These two choirs, along with Menz Choir and Concert Choir, also host Pike's yearly "Musicfest."

The Pike Crimson Rage marching band has also won many awards. In 2009 they came in first at Columbus North High School, seventh at Plainfield High School, and third at Hamilton Southeastern High School. They also won gold at both the ISSMA district and regional competitions, almost making semi-state by 1/10 of a point. In 2011 the Pike Crimson Rage marching band was an ISSMA semi-state Finalist. They hosted the ISSMA semi-state competition at 2009 (Class C) and in 2010 (Class B).

The Pike Spectacular Dancers and Guard are the two dance groups. Both have won many awards in recent history. In 2010 the Spectacular Dancers went to state with three of their dances (lyrical, hip-hop, and jazz). In 2009, the Guard was in the top 40 in WGI Nationals in Dayton, Ohio. The Guard also host the Pike Winter Guard Competition during the month of February.

Hip hop artist Mark Battles[edit]

Hip hop artist Mark Battles performing in the Numb tour.

Indianapolis-born rapper Mark Battles is among one of the most notable alumni of Pike High School, having graduated as Class of 2009. Battles is also the first and only rapper from Pike High School to receive breakthrough success in the music industry. [11]

In an article by The Huffington Post, Battles was dubbed as the "first successful rapper" from the city of Indianapolis, Indiana.[12] Battles currently resides in Los Angeles, California where he moved to pursue a music career. Battles founded his own record label Fly America and was signed to a deal with Quality Control Music.[13] He has worked with notable rappers such as Wale, Kid Ink, Dizzy Wright and French Montana, while also scoring a successful independently-released studio album in 2015, "Numb", which debuted at #25 on the U.S. Billboard charts.[14]

The school was also the site of his brother Carl's death, who got into a car accident on his way to Pike High School, alongside Battles and his other sibling. The death of Carl is what sparked his motivation to seek a music career, according to Battles. The incident received local coverage and enforced speed cameras near the school.[15][16]


The journalism department publishes a newspaper called the Pike Hi-Life and a yearbook called Pike's Peek.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Player Bio: Robert Vaden – UAB OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE". Uabsports.cstv.com. March 3, 1985. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20090604155922/http://blogs.indystar.com/preps/archives/2009/05/speaking_of_jef.html. Archived from the original on June 4, 2009. Retrieved February 19, 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Player Bio: David Teague". Purduesports.com. June 4, 1983. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Cage named Mr. Basketball". Enquirer.com. April 21, 2003. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Player Bio: Chris Thomas – UND.COM – University of Notre Dame Official Athletic Site". Und.Com. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Yahoo Sports: Rivals.com Ranking – Rivals150 for the class of 2011". Rivals.yahoo.com. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Player Bio: R.J. Hunter – Georgia State University Official Athletic Site". georgiastatesports.com. Retrieved May 27, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Usatoday.Com". USA Today. May 20, 2005. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Lori Lindsey". U.S. Soccer. July 24, 2005. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  11. ^ a b Lindquist, David (2016-09-14). "Meet Mark Battles, the rapper who’s ready to come home". Indy Star. 
  12. ^ "5 Influential Rappers That Broke The Mental Health Stigma". The Huffington Post. 2016-07-27. 
  13. ^ Baker, Soren (2013-12-30). "King Los & Mark Battles "Broken Silence" Release Date, Cover Art, Download & Mixtape Stream". HipHopDX. 
  14. ^ "Mark Battles: Billboard Chart History". Billboard. 2016-05-17. 
  15. ^ "Counselors Help Pike Students Deal With Fatal Crash". ABC. 2006-09-01. 
  16. ^ Spehler, Dan (2013-05-16). "Speed enforcement cameras in Indiana school zones?". FOX. 
  17. ^ "Marquis Teague". Basketball-Reference.Com. Retrieved March 15, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Courtney Lee". Basketball-Reference.Com. Retrieved March 15, 2016. 
  19. ^ "R.J. Hunter". Basketball-Reference.Com. Retrieved March 15, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Pete The Planner". http://www.petetheplanner.com/. Retrieved March 15, 2016.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  21. ^ "Indy native Sasheer Zamata lands spot on 'SNL'". WTHR Indianapolis. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 
  22. ^ Cook, Tony; Schneider, Chelsea. "Meet the new lieutenant governor, Eric Holcomb". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved July 14, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Official website