Tech High School Celebrates 100 Years
Centennial celebration is this weekend
Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis (WIBC.com photo: Ray Steele)
One-hundred years of anything is an accomplishment. One hundred years of a high school is a rare milestone, one being celebrated by Arsenal Tech this week.
Listen to Ray Steele's extended report:
Arsenal Technical High School, or Tech High as most call it, opened for the first time September 12, 1912. It's name comes from the fact that it used to be an arsenal - opened during the Civil War by Congress in 1862 and closed just after the Spanish-American War in 1903.
Though many of the old buildings from the arsenal days are still standing, much has changed in a century at Tech High. The sprawling campus technically is more that one school. It consists of what's called the "small school" providing a general education and three magnet schools - the Magnet Academy, which teaches college-prep courses, the Career Technology Magnet vocational school, and New Tech High, which focuses on technology-driven learning.
The mood is happier at Tech now than it was last year. A 17-year-old student, Darnell "Dynasty" Young, says he was bullied at Tech so badly, he brought a stun gun to school. Young was expelled, though he was later reinstated and is now finishing high school elsewhere. Young and his mother have filed a federal lawsuit, claiming administrators at Tech did nothing about the bullying and blamed Young in part.
The school is celebrating its Centennial with a homecoming celebration this weekend, including Friday's football game against Guerin, a sock hop dance for students only after the game, and a Centennial parade Saturday morning.
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