Springs Valley High School

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Springs Valley Junior-Senior High School
326 South Larry Bird Boulevard
French Lick, Indiana, Orange County 47432
United States
Coordinates 38°32′59″N 86°36′58″W / 38.549648°N 86.616082°W / 38.549648; -86.616082Coordinates: 38°32′59″N 86°36′58″W / 38.549648°N 86.616082°W / 38.549648; -86.616082
Type Public high school
Established 1958
School district Springs Valley Community School Corporation
Principal Jim Bush
Faculty 34
Grades 6-12
Enrollment 504 (2013-2014)
Athletics IHSAA Class A
Athletics conference Patoka Lake Conference
Nickname Blackhawks

Springs Valley Junior-Senior High School is a public high school located in French Lick, Indiana. The school is part of the Springs Valley Community School Corporation.


The school opened in 1957 after the consolidation of French Lick and West Baden High Schools.

Athletics and extracurriculars[edit]

Springs Valley Junior-Senior High School's athletic teams are nicknamed the "Blackhawks". In the Blackhawks' first season of 1957-58 in basketball, they advanced to the final four of the Indiana state tournament losing to the eventual state champion, Fort Wayne South Side, 55-42.

Blackhawk Brigade[edit]

The Junior High/High School band the "Blackhawk Brigade" was directed by Gilbert Aylsworth. His son John Aylsworth took over as director upon the Senior Aylsworth's retirement. After the 1994 season, John retired and during the next seven years, the band had three different directors. In 2001, Luke Aylsworth, John's son, took over as director for the band. The Blackhawk Brigade won the Class C state championship in 1977, the class D state championship in 2010 and 2016, and runner-up in 1978, 1992, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. In 2016 they had their first undefeated season in the history of the program. They have been to the state finals more than twenty times. The Brigade moved to Class D in 1981.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Larry Bird - Current team president of the Indiana Pacers. Former NBA player for the Boston Celtics. Bird started for French Lick/West Baden's high school team, Springs Valley High School, where he left as the school's all-time scoring leader.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hoophall Bio - Larry Bird". Hoophall.com. Retrieved March 23, 2016. 

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