Hamilton Heights High School was founded in 1965 with the consolidation of Jackson Central Eagles (1943-1965) and the Walnut Grove Wolves (1906–65). Jackson Central was itself formed from the consolidation of the Arcadia Dragons (1906–43), the Atlanta Cardinals (1906–07, 1908–43), and the Cicero Red Devils (1905–12, 1913–43).
(HHHS) is a fully accredited public high school in the Hamilton Heights School Corporation that serves grades 9-12 in the rural northern part of Hamilton County, Indiana. The current principal is Jarrod Mason; the current vice-principal is Amy Godbout. Every Wednesday, there is Student Resource Time (SRT), which serves as a time slot for school groups and organizations to hold meetings; in addition, SRT is used for students to go to teachers for help with academic issues they may be having, (such as homework problems, etc.)
For the 2008-09 school year, 733 students were enrolled in grades 9-12, including 374 females and 359 males. In 2008, 84.1% of seniors graduated; 27.2% of seniors graduated with honors. 81% of all graduates reported an intention to pursue a college education.
HHHS participates in the statewide standardized testing regimen known as ISTEP. Of all students tested in the 2008-09 school year, 80.4% of students passed both the English/Language Arts and Mathematics portions of the test, compared to the state average of 73.6%.
For 2007-08, the average score of college-bound juniors taking the PSAT was 141.3, compared to the state average of 136.5. The average composite SAT score of college-bound seniors for 2007-08 was 1020, compared to the state average of 1004. For the same period, the average composite ACT score was 22.3, compared to the state average of 20.0. Also, for the same period, five percent of students took Advanced Placement tests, compared to the state average of 14%.
The school's attendance rate for 2007-08 was 94.4%, compared to the state average of 95.9%. This is the lowest attendance rate since the 1994-95 school year.
In the 2008-09 school year, 14% of students receive, or are eligible to receive, free lunches. This is the highest rate of free lunches the DOE reports for the school since the 1995-96 school year.
Also according to the Indiana Department of Education school profile, in 2008-09, the average teacher age was 44.5 years with an average of 17.3 years of teaching experience. The average teacher salary was $49,738. The student:teacher ratio was 18.3:1. An in-depth look at each teacher's background is available on the DOE website.
HHHS operates on a traditional schedule, and is divided into the Agriculture, Industrial Education, Science, Business Technology, Fine Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Band, English, Foreign Language, Physical Education and Health, Special Education, Athletics, School to College Program, School to Work Program, and Media Center departments.
The campus Media Center is open daily, 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Through the Media Center, students may get involved in the Spell Bowl, Quiz Bowl and Academic Super Bowl competitions.
Currently, the Foreign Language department offers instruction in French and Spanish.
Band has been made a popular activity by students at HHHS. Reportedly, of the 714 students enrolled at the school in 2007-08, 100 students participated in the marching band, concert band, pep band, and color guard. The bands participate regularly in school year performances, local festivals and parades, IBA competitions, and out-of-state events. The program is co-directed by Scott Abbott and Craig Waltz.
According to the DOE, the Fine Arts department has budgeted for classes in Ceramics, Drawing, Chorus, Dance Performance, and Music Theory and Composition for the 2008-09 school year.
HHHS is a division 3A school that supports 19 sports which offer 29 teams to more than 400 students that participate in more than 400 contests annually. The school mascot is the Husky Victor-e. The school colors are orange and white.
The school competes against neighboring schools in the Mid Indiana Conference. The school is particularly strong in its wrestling, soccer (w) programs, with the football, cross country, swimming and diving, and track and field programs also enjoying recent championship successes in the conference.
Currently, programs for men include football, soccer, cross country, tennis, basketball, swimming and diving, wrestling, baseball, golf, and tracks and field. Programs for women include volleyball, soccer, cross country, golf, basketball, swimming and diving, cheerleading, softball, tennis, and track and field.
Each year the school's football program battles Tipton High School for "The Hammer" traveling trophy.
2010 Hamilton Heights 47 - Tipton 15
2011 Hamilton Heights 10 - Tipton 9
2012 Hamilton Heights 14 - Tipton 19
2012 Hamilton Heights went to the 3A football State Championship
The school offers several clubs and organizations outside of band and athletics, such as FCA, SADD Club, National FFA Organization, and various others.
The school's daily announcements are available to download in PDF format, usually before the school day is finished. A monthly breakfast and lunch menu is also available on the corporation website; the cost for a student breakfast in the 2011-12 school year was $1.50; the cost for a student lunch was $2.10.Ryan White
Chris Faulkner, Former Professional Football Player (1984-1985)