Washington High School (Washington, Indiana)
|Washington High School|
Washington High School (1967-2007)
|608 East Walnut Street
Washington, Indiana 47501
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Washington Community School Corporation|
|Teaching staff||38.66 (on a FTE basis)|
|Student to teacher ratio||18.86|
|Fight song||Notre Dame Victory March|
|Athletics conference||Big Eight Conference|
|Nickname||Hatchets, Lady Hatchets|
|Feeder schools||Washington Junior High School|
Washington High School is a high school in Washington, Indiana. Its athletic mascot is "The Hatchets". The School's primary colors are old gold and black. WHS plays in the Big Eight Conference. WHS is also a 3A School in Athletics.
The first record of a school in Washington is that of the Seminary located on the corner of Walnut and Fifth Streets in 1837. In 1877, because of inadequate space, this four-room structure was replaced by a three-story brick building. Its loss by fire in 1897 necessitated the building of what was the Walnut Street grade school building. It later served as a combined high school and grade school. Shortly thereafter, an increased enrollment gave rise to the need for additional space. As a result, a new high school building was constructed in 1913. This building was used for high school classes until 1967, and then was used for junior high classes, until it was razed in 1979. The community gymnasium, now the junior high gym, became a part of the school system in 1925, and the football stadium was completed in 1939. A major renovation project of the junior and senior high complex totaling nearly $20 million was completed in the summer of 2009. This project brought the schools into the 21st century by adding ceiling-mounted projectors, screens, and hundreds of student computers to the classrooms as well as vastly improving the school facilities.
|Washington High School
IHSAA Athletic State Championships
|Boys' Basketball (Class AAA) ||4||2005, 2008,
|Boys' Basketball (Single Class) ||3||1930, 1941, 1942|
|Track & Field ||2||1914, 1915|
The "Hatchet House" gymnasium has a seating Capacity of 7090, but with packed seats and standing spectators it can hold many more, and because of this large capacity, it is often used for Sectionals, Regionals, even Semi-States in both Boy's and Girl's Basketball.
Washington has a long tradition of basketball with several alumni having played or are playing at the professional level.
- Chuck Harmon - First African-American to play for Cincinnati Reds (1954–1956), who was also an All-American basketball player at University of Toledo.
- Big Dave DeJernett - First African-American to lead an integrated basketball championship team at statewide level or higher; Indiana's first black college basketball star before playing professionally for the Chicago Crusaders and New York Renaissance.
- Leo Klier - Two-time first team All-American basketball player at Notre Dame
- Craig Neal - Retired NBA player; currently head coach of the New Mexico Lobos men's basketball team
- Luke Zeller - 2005 Indiana Mr. Basketball, 2005 McDonald's All American 3A State finals MVP, played for Notre Dame and Phoenix Suns.
- Tyler Zeller - 2008 Indiana Mr. Basketball, 2008 McDonald's All American, Indiana’s Gatorade Player of the Year, 3A State finals MVP. Played for North Carolina's 2009 NCAA championship team. Current NBA player for the Boston Celtic, as well as former member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
- Cody Zeller - 2011 Indiana Mr. Basketball, 2010 and 2011 3A State Finals MVP. Played for the Indiana Hoosiers and selected 4th overall by the Charlotte Bobcats in the NBA draft.