Washington High School (Washington, Indiana)

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Washington High School
Washington High School (1967-2007)
608 East Walnut Street


Coordinates38°39′33″N 87°10′05″W / 38.65917°N 87.16806°W / 38.65917; -87.16806Coordinates: 38°39′33″N 87°10′05″W / 38.65917°N 87.16806°W / 38.65917; -87.16806
TypePublic high school
School districtWashington Community School Corporation
SuperintendentDaniel Roach
PrincipalSteven Peterson
Teaching staff38.66 (on a FTE basis)
Enrollment745 (2016-17) [1]
Student to teacher ratio18.86
Fight songNotre Dame Victory March
Athletics conferenceBig Eight Conference
NicknameHatchets, Lady Hatchets
RivalsWashington Catholic
Vincennes Lincoln
Feeder schoolsWashington Junior High School
Gym Capacity7,090

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.


Washington High School as of 1960.

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) [3] 4 2005, 2008,
2010, 2011
Boys' Basketball (Single Class) [3] 3 1930, 1941, 1942
Track & Field [4] 2 1914, 1915
Total 9

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 Boys' and Girls' Basketball.

Washington has a long tradition of basketball with several alumni having played or are playing at the professional level.

Notable alumni[edit]

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  1. ^ "Washington High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  2. ^ https://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/school_detail.asp?Search=1&City=Washington&State=18&SchoolType=1&SchoolType=2&SchoolType=3&SchoolType=4&SpecificSchlTypes=all&IncGrade=-1&LoGrade=-1&HiGrade=-1&ID=181245002006
  3. ^ a b IHSAA Basketball State Champions
  4. ^ IHSAA Boys Track & Field Team State Champions

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