- John Adams High School (South Bend, Indiana)
John Adams High School (often referred to locally simply as Adams) is a public
secondary schoolin South Bend
The campus is located in the River Park community on the East Side of South Bend,
Indiana.Its address is 808 South Twyckenham Drive, South Bend, IN 46615.
John Adams High School was opened on September 30, 1940 as a program sponsored by the Federal Works Agency, Public Works Administration under Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The school opened late due to the
polioepidemic of the 1930s. It is one of the four current South Bend Community School Corporationhigh schools. It sits on around 20 acres across from Indiana University South Bend. It has been renovated two times, the most recent being completed in early 2005.The school sports a large front lawn with many walking areas, giving it a campus-like feel. The front of the building has a tower built in, once home to a radio studio where Kate Smith sang God Bless America across the United States. It has since been renovated and remains idle. The school auditorium was once the only large performing stage in South Bend. It has been the site of many historical events and performances such as The Chicago Symphony, The Fred Waring Chorus, Ezio Pinza, Oscar Robinson, and John Wooden. The auditorium was remodeled and still seats over two-thousand people, but is now home to the school's basketball court. The classic movie Rudy was also filmed in John Adams classrooms.In 2005, the school celebrated its 65th anniversary with the completion of the most recent remodeling. It was only 11 years ago when the school was to be shut down due to a budget crisis. Large outcries by the community and movements by students kept the school going, and will keep it going for many years. The school was first led by Galen Sargent in 1940, and the current principal is Todd Wiedemann.
Athletics and Fine Arts
Indiana State Championship Play [cite web|url=http://www.ihsaa.org/school_directory_frame.htm | title=IHSAA Championships|accessdate=2006-12-13]
Year Sport Coach Place 1972-1973 Boys Basketball Dave Hadaway 2nd 1972-1973 Boys Golf George Griffith 1st 1971-1972 Boys Golf George Griffith 2nd 1987-1988 Boys Golf Jerry Flanagan 2nd 1994 Boys Soccer Jim Tallman 2nd 1961-1962 Boys Swimming Don Coar 2nd 1962-1963 Boys Swimming Don Coar 2nd 1963-1964 Boys Swimming Don Coar 2nd 1961-1962 Boys Swimming Don Coar 2nd 1965-1966 Boys Swimming Don Coar 1st 1966-1967 Boys Swimming Don Coar 1st 1967-1968 Boys Swimming Don Coar 1st 1973-1974 Boys Swimming Steve Smith 2nd 1976-1977 Boys Swimming Steve Smith 2nd 1973-1974 Boys Swimming Steve Smith 2nd 1974-1975 Boys Tennis John McNarney 1st 1982-1983 Boys Tennis Michael Allen 1st 1965-1966 Boys Wrestling Moe Aronson 1st 1978-1979 Girls Tennis ? 2nd 1979-1980 Girls Tennis ? 2nd 1976-1977 Girls Volleyball Sue Ganser 1st 1978-1979 Girls Volleyball Sue Ganser 1st
Though John Adams is not the fine arts magnet school in South Bend, it has striven to keep an arts program alive under a continually decresing budget for and emphasis on the arts.The orchestra at Adams puts on several successful concerts every year. Under the direction of the highly praised Kathleen Kohn, the orchestra sends ensembles and soloists to compete at the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) competition, earning several golds each year. Show choir is a popular activity at Adams and nearly all performers in the ISSMA vocal competition receive a gold rating. The John Adams Drama Club has had many recent successes with plays such as Arsenic and Old Lace, Grease, The Odd Couple, and Black Comedy. It also does an annual haunted house which the students build themselves.The John Adams Eagle Marching Band [http://www.indianamarching.com/bands/index.php?type=Band&school=South%20Bend%20Adams&city=South%20Bend] went to regionals in 2006 for the first time since 1996 and received a gold rating at the ISSMA regional competition with a 70.85, the highest score in South Bend history. The Eagles' concert band has also received gold ratings in group II for the past two years in a row at the ISSMA competition and every year sends performers to the ISSMA State Solo and Ensemble Competition [http://www.issma.net/index.php] , as well as All-District Honor Band. And finally the two jazz bands at Adams are well known locally for their performances such as Big Band Bash and Jazz Soundsations, and participate in state comeptitions such as the Ball State Jazz Fest.
* Nevin Longenecker created the Science Research program at John Adams High School to further the education of students with a predisposition for science. Over the years Adams students have garnered grants and awards totalling over one million dollars. Recent awards include the two winners of the Indiana Academy of Science State Competition. [cite web|url=http://www.southbendtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051221/News01/512210347 | title= Researchers from John Adams High School - South Bend, IN. | accessdate=2006-05-25]
* Under the leadership of Rosemary Hess, the school has recently been approved as an
International Baccalaureatecertified school. [cite web|url=http://www.sbcsc.k12.in.us/magnet-catalog.pdf | title= IB at John Adams High School - South Bend, IN. | accessdate=2006-05-25]
* The students are 44% White, 38% Black, 13% Hispanic, 2% Asian, and 2% Multiracial.
* The Mock Trial program at John Adams High School has consistently won the Indiana High School Mock Trial State Championship in recent years. John Adams High School won the state championship every year since 1998 with the exclusion of 2000. [ cite web|url=http://inmocktrial.org/awards.html|title=?] Over the years, Mock Trial teams from John Adams High School, which won the statewide competition, went on to Top 10 finishes at the national competition. [ cite web|url=http://www.nationalmocktrial.org/history.cfm|title=?]
John Adams was recently granted permission to offer the IB Program [http://www.ibo.org] . It is the first inner-city school to offer the program, and the only high school in South Bend. The IB full diploma program is among the most rigorous academic programs of study available to high school students.Fact|date=February 2008Classes offered at Adams include History of the Americas HL and English HL.
Jason KellyAuthor [http://www.nd.edu/~ndmag/pick2002/p02-1028.html] Sports Writer for the South Bend Tribune [http://www.southbendtribune.com/] Class of 1991. Dan Harrigan (Swimmer)Bronze Medal Winner 1976 Olympics.
Thomas Ehlers was a linebacker in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Buffalo Bills (1974-78). He played college football at the University of Kentucky.
Karl RomerEducation Musician [http://music.barnesandnoble.com/search/product.asp?r=1&ean=675754688226] , Composer and Singer of Math Songs I must Sing. Romer was also a former All-American in Tennis at Adams Michael Wolosin, Ph.D.Academic and Fellow at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change - Class of 1991. Stasiu Nowak, Ph.D., J.D.Human Rights attorney - Class of 1993. Matt Radecki[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0705411/] Film maker - Class of 1990 Brian David Chase[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1547676/] Film Editor - Class of 1991 Randal S. ForbesSocial Security Disability Attorney, United Methodist Minister, former Circuit Court Judge, former law clerk Supreme Court of Indiana, former South Bend John Adams 1600 meter run record holder 4:28.7 - Class of 1979
Other High Schools With This Name
John Adams High School (Jamaica/Ozone Park, NY)
John Adams High School (Cleveland, OH)
* [http://mustang.doe.state.in.us/SEARCH/snapshot.cfm?schl=7505 School snapshot]
* [http://www.sbcsc.k12.in.us/school-adams.htm South Bend Community School Corporation listing]
* [http://www.johnadamshighschool.org/ School website]
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