Richmond High School (Richmond, Indiana)

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Richmond High School
380 Hub Etchison Parkway

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Coordinates39°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
TypePublic high school
School districtRichmond Community Schools
PrincipalRae Woolpy
Enrollment1,420[1] (2014-2015)
Athletics conferenceNorth Central
Team nameRed Devils
NewspaperThe Register
YearbookThe Pierian
Richmond High School
Richmond High School from east.jpg
Richmond High School, April 2016
Richmond High School (Richmond, Indiana) is located in Indiana
Richmond High School (Richmond, Indiana)
Richmond High School (Richmond, Indiana) is located in the US
Richmond High School (Richmond, Indiana)
LocationRoughly bounded by N. 16th, E and A Sts., and alley west of N. 10th St.
Area15 acres (6.1 ha)
Architectural styleColonial revival
NRHP reference #15000602[2]
Added to NRHPSeptember 22, 2015

Richmond High School is a public high school in Richmond, Indiana, United States. 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). 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 Rae Woolpy.


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

Built in 1939-1941, 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 fourth largest high school gym in the United States, with a seating capacity of 8,100. 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.[3]

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.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.[2]


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[4] are available to students in math and science, the humanities, creative and performing arts, and career and technical programs. RHS recently expanded its Advanced Placement course offerings through a partnership with the University of Notre Dame's Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program.[5] Students can take AP courses in 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 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 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.[6]
  • The Movement has undertaken initiatives to make campus a more positive place, including the introduction of Challenge Day[7] to campus.
  • Business Professionals of America consistently fields teams for business-related competition at the state and national level. One 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 include 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,[8] provides student-to-student support services.
  • Student publications, including The Register and The Pierian, chronicle the life of the school.

Music Department[edit]

The Music Department at Richmond High School is housed within Civic Hall,[9] a multimillion-dollar professional performing arts complex. It contains classrooms, practice rooms, and a 924-seat proscenium theatre.



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. A bowling team for both boys and girls competes on the club level.


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

  • The Tiernan Center [10] - The school's fieldhouse is the fourth largest high school gym in the nation, seating 8,100 fans. 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 program's 20+ Sectional Championships since 1975.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 9/21/15 through 9/25/15. National Park Service. 2015-10-02.
  3. ^ "Indiana State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD)" (Searchable database). Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. Retrieved 2016-07-01. Note: This includes Chad Slider, Cory Clark, and Scott Zimmerman (n.d.). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Richmond High School" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-07-01., Site map, sketch map, and accompanying photographs
  4. ^ "Richmond High school" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  5. ^ "Institute for Educational Initiatives // University of Notre Dame". Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  6. ^ "Indiana Association of Student Councils". Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  7. ^ "Anti-Bullying Workshop | School Program". Challenge Day. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  8. ^ "Home - Peer Information Center for Teens, Inc". Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  9. ^ "Civic Hall Performing Arts Center in Richmond, Indiana". 2016-10-28. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  10. ^ "RHS's Tiernan Center, 4th Largest High School Gym in the U.S". 2010-01-15. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  11. ^ "George Duning". 2000-02-27. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  12. ^ "Weeb Ewbank | Pro Football Hall of Fame Official Site". Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-09-07. Retrieved 2006-09-09.
  14. ^ "Dr. Charles A. Hufnagel". Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  15. ^ "Esther Kellner". Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-01-06. Retrieved 2006-12-15.
  17. ^ "Wendell M. Stanley - Biographical". Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  18. ^ "7 Jan 1965, Page 23 - The Kokomo Tribune at". 1965-01-07. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-06-18. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
  20. ^ Gates, Bill (1999-03-29). "Aviators: The Wright Brothers". TIME. Retrieved 2017-07-13.

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