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Broad Ripple Still Wants Its Own High School, Even If IPS Doesn't Run It

Neighborhood will urge school board to sell building to education group, not developers

Even if the Indianapolis Public Schools can't afford to operate Broad Ripple High School any more, the Broad Ripple Village Association says it should still be a school.

The century-old school is one of three high schools ticketed for closure as I-P-S struggles with growing red ink and shrinking enrollment. Village Association board member Kent Springer says he understands the decision -- the building is the district's most expensive to operate, and is three-quarters empty. But the neighborhood is urging IPS to sell the building not to a developer, but to a charter school operator or someone else who will still use it as a school.

Springer says the neighborhood doesn't need to extend the boundary of its restaurant and nightlife district, but does need a neighborhood high school for its residents. And he says the school's long history, dating to Broad Ripple's beginnings as an independent town, has made it part of the fabric of the neighborhood.

Springer says he's encouraged by Superintendent Lewis Ferebee's assurances that the neighborhood will be included in discussions of the building's future, and says he'll make that point in person to the school board at its Thursday meeting.

Broad Ripple High School was built in the 1880s, and rebuilt a century ago after a fire. Its alumni include David Letterman, Marilyn Quayle, and IU and NBA star Mike Woodson.

(Photo: Eric Berman/WIBC)

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