Ben Davis High School: A Model School in Indianapolis

Ben Davis High School, located just a few minutes from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis International Airport, and downtown Indianapolis, is one of the most acclaimed high schools in the United States. It is one of several Indianapolis schools in the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township. With over 4,000 students, the school currently has the largest enrollment of any high school in Indiana. Ben Davis High School serves Indianapolis students in grades ten through twelve. In addition, the school opened the Ninth Grade Center in August of 2005, which serves the ninth graders of Wayne Township.

Contest entry video by students at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, promoting the school to host President Obama for its commencement ceremony


The main facility boasts a staff of over 170 teachers and over twenty different departments, including Engineering and Technology, Communications, Military Science, Symphonic Orchestra and Business. Ben Davis is also home to the Area 31 Career Center, which gives Indianapolis students hands-on experience in a wide array of different fields, from Aviation Technology to Television Broadcasting. The Area 31 Career Center also houses one of the Indianapolis media‘s premiere student-run radio stations, GIANT 90.9, WBDG-FM.

Ben Davis High School was commissioned by former Wayne Township trustee John McClelland in 1892. The original school opened at the junction of Emma Hanch Road and what is now High School Road. It had both a grade school (on the first floor) and a high school (on the second floor) in the building. In 1914, the original Ben Davis High School suffered from overcrowding, so the old building was demolished and a new school was erected in its stead.

Channel 13 WTHR video about the Ben Davis High School girl’s basketball team, which was the top team in the United States in 2009. Ben Davis High School is in Indianapolis


The new school, renamed Wayne Township High School, was considered one of the better Indianapolis high schools because it had a science lab, a gym, a large auditorium, and a workshop on its grounds. Ben Davis High School became the first consolidated high school in Indiana, and in 1925 it became the largest township high school in the United States. Ben Davis was rebuilt two more times, in 1935 and 1965, both times because the school was becoming overcrowded. A final addition to the school was completed in 1984, costing nearly $6 million.

Home video of the Ben Davis High School marching band in action


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Ben Davis High School
1200 N Girls School Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46214

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