Wheeler High School (Indiana)

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Wheeler High School
Wheeler High School (Indiana) logo.png
587 West 300 North
Valparaiso, Indiana 46385
United States
Coordinates 41°28′45″N 87°10′46″W / 41.47917°N 87.17944°W / 41.47917; -87.17944Coordinates: 41°28′45″N 87°10′46″W / 41.47917°N 87.17944°W / 41.47917; -87.17944
Type Public high school
School district Union Township School Corporation
Superintendent John Hunter
Principal Don Gandy
Faculty 29
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 542 (2013-2014)
Student to teacher ratio 18.69
Athletics conference Greater South Shore
Team name Bearcats

Wheeler High School is a public high school located in Union Township, west of Valparaiso, Indiana, United States. The school is attached to Union Township Middle School and was previously located in Wheeler, Indiana. It is a part of the Union Township School Corporation.


Test scores[edit]

Test scores for Wheeler High School have been above average for many years. When comparing the 2005 ISTEP+ scores for grade 10 math, Wheeler ranks in the top five among twenty-two local schools. When comparing the 2005 ISTEP+ scores for grade 10 English/language arts, Wheeler is ranked fifth among twenty-two local schools.[1]

Vocational education[edit]

Wheeler High School features a Law Enforcement Career Academy. This program is available to all juniors and seniors and is intended for students wishing to pursue careers in Police, Courts, or Corrections. Students at all area schools are allowed to enroll. The students can also receive three college credits from Vincennes University.[2][3]

Junior and senior students may also take vocational classes at other area schools via the Porter County Vocational Education program.[4]

Fine arts[edit]

Wheeler High School has a choir, band, art department, and drama department.


The choir performs at many local and statewide competitions every year. There is also a show choir. They travel to Orlando, Florida, every four years to perform at Disney World. The choir also puts on an annual performance called the "Madrigal Dinner". This dinner includes the high school and middle school choirs and features a round table of medieval characters.


The school band performs at half time of all school football games and during timeouts and between quarters at basketball games. The band also competes at competitions. The band performs at several concerts throughout the year as well.


The Wheeler High School art department features classes such as drawing, ceramics, art, sculpture, and jewelry making.

Bearcat Theatre Company[edit]

Bearcat Theatre Company puts on four shows a year, which includes a fall musical and spring play for the high school, a winter show for Union Township Middle School, and a community production during the summer.[5]

Student activities[edit]

Students at Wheeler High School can participate in a variety of activities. These activities include, but are not limited to, Student Council, National Honor Society, Key Club, choir, drama, academic teams, Robotic Team,[6] and foreign language clubs.


Wheeler High School offers multiple athletic teams during the academic year and includes an indoor swimming pool, a fieldhouse, and a standard gym on campus. Athletic teams are known as the Bearcats and the school has won state championships in boys basketball (2010) and softball (2010).[7]


In the 2009-2010 school year, Wheeler High was 49.4% female and 50.6% male. The racial breakdown was:[8]

  • White 89.9%
  • Black 1.7%
  • Hispanic 2.9%
  • Asian 0.5%
  • Native American 0.5%
  • Multiracial 4.4%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Wheeler High School". greatschools.net. Retrieved 30 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Law Enforcement Career Academy". Union Township School Corporation. Archived from the original on 20 September 2007. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "SATELLITE PROGRAMS". Porter County Career and Technical Education. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Porter County Career & Technical Education". Porter County Career & Technical Education. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Bearcat Theatre Company". Bearcat Theatre Company. Retrieved 30 August 2015. 
  6. ^ http://www.cybearcats.com
  7. ^ "IHSAA State Championships by School". ihsaa.org. Retrieved 30 August 2015. 
  8. ^ http://mustang.doe.state.in.us/TRENDS/enrtree.cfm?schl=6841&year=2010&corp=

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