Scottsburg Senior High School

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Scottsburg Senior High School
500 South Gardner Street

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United States
Coordinates38°40′50″N 85°46′52″W / 38.680619°N 85.781243°W / 38.680619; -85.781243Coordinates: 38°40′50″N 85°46′52″W / 38.680619°N 85.781243°W / 38.680619; -85.781243
TypePublic high school
PrincipalChris Routt
Faculty48.09 (on an FTE basis)[1]
Enrollment800 (2019–20)[1]
Student to teacher ratio16.64[1]
Athletics conferenceMid-Southern Conference of Indiana
WebsiteOfficial Website

Scottsburg Senior High School, also known as Scottsburg High School or SHS, is located in Scottsburg, Indiana, approximately 30 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky.


Early in the 20th century, state health inspectors notified the School Board that "adverse" heating and sanitary conditions at Scottsburg High School would cause the school's commission to be withdrawn in June 1908.[2][3] The Board began discussing a new building in 2011, since even after some improvements to the old two-story building, "in regard to space heating, lighting, ventilation, and sanitation, the old buildings have been somewhat improved in the last year but at best they are very congested, poorly heated, and with practically no ventilation or sanitation."[4] By July 1912, the Board advertised for a heating contractor, and C. E. Bacon, architect of Indianapolis, was hired to create plans for a new building.[5] A cornerstone was laid in Fall 2012, and by May 2013 the senior class was performing the class play in the new auditorium.[6] A gymnasium was added in 1926.[7]

During the Great Depression, salaries of teachers and staff had to be reduced by 5% in 1931 and again in 1932.[8] By the beginning of the 1939-1940 school year, enrollment topped out at 256 students.[8]

On April 6, 1949, most of the school's 277 pupils organized a parade in protest of the school board refusing to renew the principal's contract. The next day, students picketed outside the school.[9] The protests were successful, and he was rehired after parents voted to reinstate him.[10][11]

By 1954, bonds were sold to citizens of Scott County to raise funds for a new gym and junior high building for the Scottsburg-Vienna Township Joint School. The Charles E. Meyer Gymnasium was finished in 1956, at a cost of US$ 500,000.[12]

Performing arts[edit]

The Scottsburg Senior High School music department consistently ranks as one of the top high school music departments in the state of Indiana with the band under the direction of Curtis Turner and Jacob Ward. The Scottsburg Band of Warriors have made 29 appearances to the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) State finals since 1983.

The concert bands, divided as Symphonic (Group I Level) and Concert (Group II or III Level), are consistent gold rated and contest winners, including the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, ISSMA Concert Band Festival, and ISSMA Concert Band State Finals. The jazz ensemble, brass choir, woodwind choir and other mixed ensembles are consistent ISSMA Solo and Ensemble State Finalist and Gold Rating recipients. The Winter Guard, a sub-division of the band program, ranks as one of the top in the state and nation.

The Scottsburg Concert Percussion was formed in 2011. The group competes in the TriState Marching Arts circuit and Winter Guard International. Scottsburg was the only school with under 900 students enrolled to be named a finalists in WGI World Percussion Championships.

Scottsburg High School also has a choral department. The Scottsburg High School Choir has also competed at the Indiana Music Education Association's Circle the State With Song competition.

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  1. ^ a b c "Scottsburg Senior High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  2. ^ "Scottsburg HS Commission Revoked". The Courier-Journal. 1908-04-04. p. 7. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  3. ^ "Commission to be revoked". The Indianapolis News. 1908-04-02. p. 13. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  4. ^ "New School Building Talked of". The Chronicle. 1911-04-20. p. 1. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  5. ^ "C.E. Bacon, architect". The Scott County Journal. 1914-05-20. p. 5. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  6. ^ "New HS Building". The Chronicle. 1913-04-23. p. 4. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  7. ^ "Program, Corner Stone Laying, Scottsburg High School Gymnasium Bldg". The Chronicle. 1926-10-13. p. 1. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  8. ^ a b "Town Teachers' Salaries Cut; School Budget Reduced". The Scott County Journal. 1932-08-31. p. 1. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  9. ^ "Students Picket After School Principal Ousted". The Paducah Sun. Associated Press. 7 April 1949. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  10. ^ "Scottsburg High Principal Rehired". The Times-Mail. Associated Press. 14 April 1949. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  11. ^ "Parents of Striking Pupils to Vote on Principal's Fate". The Indianapolis News. 8 April 1949. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  12. ^ "Charles E. Meyer Gymnasium". 2019. Retrieved 2021-07-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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