Richmond High School (Richmond, Indiana)

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Richmond High School
380 Hub Etchison Parkway
Richmond, Indiana, 47374
United States
Coordinates 39°49′19″N 84°54′06″W / 39.82194°N 84.90167°W / 39.82194; -84.90167Coordinates: 39°49′19″N 84°54′06″W / 39.82194°N 84.90167°W / 39.82194; -84.90167
Type Public
Principal Rae Woolpy
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1,662
School color(s)          
Mascot Red Devils
Newspaper The Register
Yearbook The Pierian

Richmond High School is a public high school in Richmond, Indiana, located at 380 Hub Etchison Parkway. It is the home of the Richmond Red Devils, who are members of the North Central Conference of the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA). The current enrollment of the school is around 1,700. Prior to 1939, the school was known as Morton High School in honor of Indiana's Civil War Governor, Oliver P. Morton. The current principal of Richmond High is Mrs. Rae Woolpy.


Postcard image of the former Morton High School building designed by William B. Ittner

Completed in 1939, the Colonial revival-style school originally consisted of an academic building called Morton Hall, a gymnasium called Civic Hall and McGuire Hall which houses the Richmond Art Museum, believed to be the only public art museum connected with a public high school. After outgrowing the Civic Hall gymnasium, the Tiernan Center was built as the home to boys and girls basketball, volleyball, and wrestling. It is the fifth largest high school gym in the United States, with a seating capacity of 8,100 persons. The old Civic Hall gymnasium was converted into the Civic Hall Performing Arts Center, an auditorium which seats 924 and is home to the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in addition to other school and civic performing arts events. The current building consists of 500,000 square feet for instruction and student support services.

The Richmond High School Alumni Association is one of the oldest public high school alumni associations in the United States and boasts a significant scholarship endowment known as the Richmond College Incentive Plan.


Course Offerings[edit]

Richmond High School offers a comprehensive educational program for students in grades nine through twelve. Courses are offered at the general academic, honors, and college levels across four primary departments. Over 170 distinct classes are available to students in math and science, the humanities, creative and performing arts, and career and technical programs. Further, RHS recently expanded their Advanced Placement course offerings through a partnership with the University of Notre Dame's Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program. Students can take AP courses for the following subject: Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English Language (composition), English Literature, Environmental Science, Government, US History, Physics, and Statistics. Additionally, students can undertake dual-credit coursework to earn college credit while attending the high school. Current dual-credit options are available through Earlham College, Indiana University East, Indiana University (for speech, US History 1A-B, Calculus, and Advanced Composition), and Ivy Tech Community College (for Pre-Calc. 1B, Business, Project Lead the Way, Radio-TV, Automotive, and technical education classes).

Career Center[edit]

The school is home to the Richmond Area Career Center, under the direction of Rusty Hensley. Created in 1980, the Career Center annually serves more than 700 students from RHS, Northeastern High School, and Randolph Southern High School. It provides programs in 18 distinct career and technical fields, including nursing, engineering, automotive mechanics, construction technology, and child development.

Extra-Curricular Activities[edit]

Richmond High School students can participate in numerous extra-curricular and co-curricular student clubs. Some of the more active programs are include the following:

  • The Student Council, which coordinates campus service and community outreach, has been recognized as an honor council by the Indiana Association of Student Councils.
  • The Movement has undertaken initiatives to make campus a more positive place, including the introduction of Challenge Day to campus.
  • Business Professionals of America consistently fields teams for business-related competition at the state and national level. This year's Fair Trade team were named national champions at the annual competition.
  • Skills USA students recently received bronze medals in architectural drafting at the Skills USA National Championship.
  • The Red Devil Players, the student drama program, regularly produces dramas, musicals, and student-directed theatre workshops. Recent productions have included Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Simon's The Odd Couple, Rose's Twelve Angry Men, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma, and an adaptation of Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
  • The Academic Team consistently performs well across disciplines and fields teams for state competition.
  • The Freshman Mentoring Program, which was introduced in 2010, pairs incoming ninth grade students with junior and senior mentors to ease their transition to high school.
  • The National Honor Society recognizes students with high academic achievement.
  • Peer Helpers, which is affiliated with the Peer Information Center for Teens, provides student-to-student support services.
  • Student publications, including The Register and The Pierian, chronicle the life of Richmond High.

Students wishing to start a new student organization can do so through application to the Director of Student Activities.

Music Department[edit]

The Music Department at Richmond High School is housed within Civic Hall, a multi-million dollar professional performing arts complex. It contains classrooms, practice rooms, and a 924 seat proscenium theatre.


The orchestra department at Richmond High was the first high school orchestra in the nation, established in the year 1899 by Will Earhart.[citation needed] A plaque commemorating this achievement is located in McGuire Hall.


Wind Ensemble and Concert Band[edit]

The band, during the school year, is divided into two parts: a Wind Ensemble and a Concert Band. The band is large enough to divide the better players into a separate group so that they may perform at a higher level. Richmond’s wind ensemble is a high-level instrumental performing group. The band has performed at ISSMA during the years 2002-2007. They perform at a group one level, the highest out of four. The concert band, a lower division of Richmond's Band, performs at a level three.

Marching Band[edit]

The Marching band at RHS has competed at the Indiana State Fair Band Day since 1959 with the exception of 1984 and 1997. Some accomplishments include 1st place in the state competition in 1973 and 1988 and 2nd place in the state competition in 1965, 1986, 2003, 2006, and 2011. Recent shows include “Miss Saigon,” “Circ du Soleil,” music from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Music from Disney’s “Reflections,” and in 2006 “One Track Mind.” The 2006 show received third place and two captions: General Effect caption and the overall Percussion caption. The marching Red Devils also won a third place in 2007 with "Chaos and Order" music from Conan the Barbarian. In 2008, Richmond Red Devils won 2nd place with "There Can Be Only One". And in 2009, 5th place was awarded with their show "The Phoenix", and second place in 2011 with their show "ENERGIZE!". 2009 was the 50th year that Richmond High School's Red Devil marching band has competed at the Indiana State Fair.


The RHS choir program has been very successful, with the top group (Chamber Choir) competing at the Indiana Concert Choir State Finals and placing in the top-16 every year since 1997. In 2006, the group received their highest ever ranking of sixth place. In 2007, Chamber Choir placed 10th at the State Finals.



RHS offers numerous sports for student athletes. This includes: baseball (boys), basketball, cross-country, football, golf, gymnastics (girls), soccer, softball (girls), tennis, volleyball (girls), and wrestling. The school also has a club bowling team for boys and girls that regularly performs well in sectional and state competition.


Richmond High School has extensive athletic facilities to support student athletes. The primary venues include:

  • The Tiernan Center - The school's fieldhouse is the fifth largest high school gym in the nation, seating 8,100 fans. It is currently utilized not only for school-sponsored sports but also as the home venue for IU East basketball. It was also a host site for the IHSAA boys and girls semi-state basketball tournament in 2013.
  • Lyboult Field - The outdoor athletic field underwent a major renovation in 2013 that included the installation of synthetic turf, a new press box, and repaired bleachers. Completion of the project resulted in expanded use of the field for football, soccer, and physical education programs.
  • Tiano Pool - Home to the Red Devil Swimming and Diving programs, Tiano was the primary training facility leading up to the programs 20+ Sectional Championships since 1975.

Notable alumni[edit]


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