Richmond High School (Richmond, Indiana)
|Richmond High School|
|380 Hub Etchison Parkway
Richmond, Indiana, Wayne County 47374
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Richmond Community Schools|
|Athletics conference||North Central|
|Team name||Red Devils|
Richmond High School
Richmond High School, April 2016
|Location||Roughly bounded by N. 16th, E and A Sts., and alley west of N. 10th St.|
|Area||15 acres (6.1 ha)|
|Architectural style||Colonial revival|
|NRHP reference #||15000602|
|Added to NRHP||September 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.
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 fifth 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.
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.
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. RHS recently expanded its 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 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).
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.
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.
- 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. 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, provides student-to-student support services.
- Student publications, including The Register and The Pierian, chronicle the life of the school.
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 1899 by Will Earhart. A plaque commemorating this is located in McGuire Hall.
Wind Ensemble and Concert Band
During the school year, the band 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 from 2002 to 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.
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 first place in the state competition in 1973 and 1988, and second 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 second place with "There Can Be Only One". In 2009, fifth place was awarded with their show "The Phoenix", and second place in 2011 with their show "ENERGIZE!" 2009 was the 50th year in which Richmond High School's Red Devil marching band competed at the Indiana State Fair. In 2012, 2013, and 2014 they finished third with their shows "Now You See It", "As Luck Would Have It", and "Code Red". They finished fifth with the show "Above and Beyond" in 2015. In 2016 they placed seventh and Percussion caption with their show "Gravity". On August 5th 2017, they took home 11th place with "Continuum"
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, sixth place. In 2007, Chamber Choir placed tenth 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. 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  - The school's fieldhouse is the fifth largest high school gym in the nation, seating 8,100 fans. It is currently used 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 program's 20+ Sectional Championships since 1975.
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