Washington High School (South Bend, Indiana)

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Washington High School
Washington High School South Bend 2015.jpg
4747 West Washington Avenue
South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana 46619
United States
Coordinates 41°40′30″N 86°18′52″W / 41.67500°N 86.31444°W / 41.67500; -86.31444Coordinates: 41°40′30″N 86°18′52″W / 41.67500°N 86.31444°W / 41.67500; -86.31444
Type Public High School
Motto Motto: "Ever Onward!"
Established 1938
School district South Bend Community School Corporation
Principal John Kennedy
Faculty 63
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 906 [1] (2016-2017)
Athletics conference Northern Indiana Athletic Conference
Team name Panthers
Rival South Bend Clay
Yearbook Memory Lane
Military United States Air Force JROTC

Washington High School is a public high school in South Bend, Indiana, United States. It is part of the SBCSC magnet program, where it is the Medical/Allied Health Magnet strain.


Washington High School first opened its doors in 1938, moving to its current location on February 1, 1960. The project had been started in 1956, when the financing for the building was allocated. Approximately $4,000,000 dollars were set aside for the construction. Maurer and Maurer architectural firm was hired to build the facility, and ground breaking occurred on October 22, 1958. Since 1959, the building has undergone some changes. A second gymnasium has been added, along with updates to the athletic fields. Beginning in 2002, a massive school renovation began. The building gained many classrooms, a new lunchroom, and new gymnasium. The original school was located on West Sample St. at Humpherey's Court, after the school moved the original building served, as Lulu V Cline, later as the South Bend campus of Ivy Tech.


Washington High School has acquired a rich sports heritage throughout its years.


  • Mythical State Football Champions- 1939, 1943, 1953, and 1969.
  • IHSAA State Champions- 1973.
  • Semi-State Champions- 2011.
  • Class 4A Regional Champions- 2011.
  • Class 3A/4A Sectional Champions- 1977(3A), and 2011(4A).
  • N.I.C Conference Champions- 1939, 1943, 1944, 1953, 1961, 1964, 1967, 1969, 1973, 1975, 2009, and 2015 (N.I.C South Co-Champs with New Prairie High School)

On September 3, 2011, Gehrig Dieter set a national record for receiving yards in a high school football game, with 447 yards against Elkhart Central High School. 2 weeks prior, Dieter had set an Indiana state record for receiving yards with 373 yards against Bloomington High School North.[2] In that same season Washington won semi-state.

Girls' Basketball

  • IHSAA State Champions- 2007.
  • Semi-State Champions- 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
  • Regional Champions- 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009.
  • Class 3A/4A Sectional Champions- 1992, 1993, and 1999(3A). 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009(4A)
  • N.I.C Conference Champions- 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2015 (2015 Tri-Champions w/ Penn High School and South Bend St. Joseph's High School)

The program produced two of the nation's top girls' basketball prospects. Jacqueline Batteast and Skylar Diggins. Diggins was ranked 3rd overall in the ESPN "Hot 100" and was 1st overall for guards. Diggins played for the University of Notre Dame and followed Batteast as one of the best female athletes to attend Washington High School, and to go on to play Div-1A basketball.

Boys' Basketball

  • Regional Champions- 1965
  • Class 4A Sectional Champions- 1938, 1964, 1997, 2002, and 2010.
  • N.I.C Conference Champions- 1955, 1977, 1988, 1999, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2012, and 2016.


  • Semi-State Champions- 1974 and 1985.
  • Regional Champions- 1974, 1985 and 1996.
  • Sectional Champions- 1974, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1996, and 1997.
  • N.I.C Conference Champions- 1990 and 1996.


  • Sectional Champions- 1986, 1990, 1993, and 1995.
  • N.I.C Conference Champions- 1986.


  • Sectional Champions- 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1999.

Girls' Soccer

Boys' Soccer

Boys' and Girls' Cross Country

Boys' and Girls' Swimming and Diving

Boys' Track & Field

  • Individual State Champions- 2015: John Hankerson (100M dash).1953 and 1954(440 Yd. Dash*) Clyde Austin, 1959(Shot Put) George Thomas. 1978 and 1979(Mile Relay*) Anthony Davis, Darwyn Hilliard, Ron Moore, and Tim Turner. Tim Turner also won the 100 Yd. Dash* in 1978.
  • Regional Champions- 2010.
  • Sectional Champions- 1966, 1967, 1972, and 1982.

*-no longer an event

Girls' Track & Field

  • Individual State Champion- 1988(400 M Dash) Cindy Stallworth

Boys' and Girls' Golf

  • Individual State Champion- 1968 Ken Czajkowski (Boys' Golf) with a score of 70


Boys' and Girls' Tennis

The Panthers' chief rivals are Mishawaka High School, South Bend Clay High School, South Bend Riley High School, South Bend St. Joseph's High School, Penn High School, South Bend John Adams, and Mishawaka Marian.


- In 2005, the South Bend Community School Corporation moved into a magnet school corporation. Washington was chosen as the Medical/Applied Health Magnet Program. The 2012 graduation rate was 86%, with a total number of 254 graduates. The program allows students to obtain an understanding of the medical field, and to teach them medical skills such as C.P.R. The program lasts four years, and the students Junior and Senior years they go to Medical Clinicals at several local health care locations. Also in Students senior year they can acquire certifications in EKG, PCT, and NSCHE.

Clubs and extracurricular activities[edit]

•African American Male Leadership


•Color Guard

•Ceramics Club

•Dance Team

•Debate Club

•Drama Club

•Future Problem Solvers


•Gospel Choir

•HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America)

•International Thespians Society

•JAG (Jobs for America's Graduates)

•Jazz Band

•Latino Student Union

•Marching Band

•Pep Band

•Quiz Bowl

•Student Council



The 2015-2016 enrollment was 1001, of which 48% were Black, 26% were Hispanic, 15% were White, 8% were Multiracial, and 3% were Asian and Native American.

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