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Carmel High School (CHS) is a public high school in Carmel, Indiana, United States. The high school is part of the Carmel Clay School District and has an enrollment of 5,286 students. This makes it the largest physical high school in the state. Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy has 6,266 students; however, the teaching there is conducted entirely online.[3]

Carmel High School
Carmel HS logo.jpg
520 East Main Street


Coordinates39°58′45″N 86°7′10″W / 39.97917°N 86.11944°W / 39.97917; -86.11944Coordinates: 39°58′45″N 86°7′10″W / 39.97917°N 86.11944°W / 39.97917; -86.11944
TypePublic High School
School districtCarmel Clay School District
PrincipalThomas Harmas[1]
Enrollment5,286[2] (2018–19)
AthleticsIndiana High School Athletic Association; Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference
Team nameGreyhounds
NewspaperHiLite Newsmagazine


The 2005–2006 school year marked the opening of what is known as the Freshman Center.

In 2012, the gym department was expanded into the field house parking lot. That area includes a 10,000 square foot exercise area as well as an indoor pool. They also added an indoor track on top of the varsity gym.[4][5]

Historical EventsEdit

During the week of February 12, 2018, there were multiple events that led to school-wide panic. Initially, a female student was threatened at knifepoint.[6] Later, multiple fights broke out, and a students believed that a shooting would take place. That same week, there was an attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida,[7] leaving students with a heightened vigilance. However, the threat at Carmel High School was later discovered to be an exaggeration.[8]

On December 26, 2018, there was an explosion near the northwest side of the school, while workers were relighting heaters in the boiler room, causing a small fire to break out. Severe interior damage happened between the varsity gym and field house. A worker and a contractor were also both hospitalized with severe burns.[9]

On March 29, 2019, a student was arrested for bringing a loaded gun to the Carmel Learning Center (a branch of Carmel High School); however, the situation resolved without any injuries.[10]

Extracurricular activitiesEdit


In 2016, the girl's swimming and diving team won its 30th straight state title. This win gave Carmel High School the national record for the most consecutive state championship titles in girl's or boy's high school sports.[11] As of 2019, the girl's swimming and diving team still holds the state title with 33 straight wins, and it still holds the record for the most consecutive state championship titles in girl's or boy's high school sports.[12]


The Carmel High School Marching Greyhounds were Indiana State Fair Band Day champions in 1984 and ISSMA State Champions in 1990, 2001, 2002, 2012, and 2018.[13][14][15] The band was named BOA National Class AAA Champion in 2001. The band has been a BOA National Finalist 20 times in a row[citation needed] and was named BOA Grand National Champion in 2005, 2012, 2016, 2017, and 2018.[16][17][18][19][20][21]

The Carmel High School Marching Greyhounds were invited to perform in the 2004 London New Year's Parade in London, England.

In 2007, the band was invited to play on the USS Missouri, along with the Hawaii's Royal Band. In 2007, the marching band was named Bands of America Regional Champion in Indianapolis and Atlanta, GA.

At the 2008 BOA Grand National Finals, the marching band won the caption for best music. Later, the marching band was selected to play in the 2011 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, alongside numerous celebrities, floats, and a few other choice bands.

The band has also received an invitation to play in the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade, in Pasadena, California.[22]

In 2016, the Carmel High School Marching Band set a record as the first group to ever tie for first place at the Bands of America Grand National Championships with a score of 97.45. Carmel won the tiebreaker to Avon High School (IN) and was crowned Grand National Champion.[23] In 1999, 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2018, Carmel won the Indiana State School Music Association State Championship.[24]


The Pinnacle yearbook has received recognition from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, National Scholastic Press Association, and the Indiana High School Press Association.[25] Additionally, the publication has received the Gold Crown award, [26] Indiana Hoosier Star Awards, and has been placed in the Walsworth Publishing Company's Gallery of Excellence. The publication is one of the largest in the United States, publishing approximately 500 pages with a staff of 50 students.[citation needed] It operates an independent website.[27]


The school newspaper, the HiLite, has received national recognition, including a "Superior" rating from Quill & Scroll, the Hoosier Star award, and other general awards from the Indiana High School Press Association, Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA), as well as several individual awards for HiLite staff members. The HiLite was a Gold Medalist in the CSPA's annual critique, won a George H. Gallup Award from Quill and Scroll, and has been nominated to be a CSPA Crown finalist for the 2011–2012 publications. The newspaper maintains a staff of about 80 students.[28]

Radio stationEdit

The school operates the WHJE radio station on 91.3 MHz on the FM band. In 1999, WIRE, a local station which broadcasts on 91.5 MHz, proposed moving its broadcasting antenna closer to the school. When the school filed a FCC petition in opposition to the proposed antenna move, WIRE filed a response alleging that WHJE broadcasts music with indecent lyrics.[29]

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Administration". Carmel Clay Schools. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  2. ^ "IDOE Compass - Carmel High School". Indiana Deparment of Education. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  3. ^ "School Enrollment by Grade Level". Indiana Department of Education. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-06-15. Retrieved 2007-03-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Student Handbook" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-09-10. Retrieved 2018-04-24.
  6. ^ "Carmel H.S. student facing charges after pulling knife on classmate". 13 WTHR Indianapolis. 2018-02-08. Retrieved 2019-08-08.
  7. ^ Fittes, Emma Kate. "Carmel High School principal says rumored shooting threat 'was never made'". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 2019-08-08.
  8. ^ "Principal: Threat to Carmel High School 'just a rumor'". 13 WTHR Indianapolis. 2018-02-15. Retrieved 2019-08-08.
  9. ^ "Explosion at Carmel High School injures 2 maintenance workers". Retrieved 2018-12-26.
  10. ^ "17-year-old student arrested after bringing loaded gun to Carmel Learning Center". FOX59. 2019-03-26. Retrieved 2019-08-08.
  11. ^ Carmel girls extend state championship streak to 31 straight IHSAA swimming titles WTHR
  12. ^ "Death, taxes and Carmel girls swimming winning state titles. Greyhounds dominate for 33rd straight title". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 2019-04-21.
  13. ^ "2018 Marching Band State Finals Placing". Indiana State School Music Association. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  14. ^ "Results From the 1980s". Indiana High School Summer Track Marching Bands. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  15. ^ "Marching Band State Finals Results". Indiana State School Music Association. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  16. ^ "2018 Grand Nationals Championship". Music for All. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  17. ^ "2005 Grand Nationals Championship" (PDF). Music for All. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  18. ^ "2012 Grand National Finals Results". Music for All. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  19. ^ "2016 Grand National Championships Results". Music for All. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  20. ^ Ambrogi, Mark (16 November 2017). "Carmel High School marching band repeats as national champion". Current in Carmel. Current. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  21. ^ Asbill, Debbie Laferty. "Grand Nationals 2018 Results". Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  22. ^ "Carmel HS Marching Band headed for Rose Bowl Parade". 28 December 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  23. ^ (PDF) Missing or empty |title= (help)
  24. ^ "Indiana State School Music Association". Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  25. ^ "Hilite Awards". Hilite Online. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  26. ^ "Columbia Scholastic Press Association". CSPA. Archived from the original on February 20, 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  27. ^ "Pinnacle —". Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  28. ^ "Hilite Awards". Hilite Online. Archived from the original on January 14, 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  29. ^ Flora, John (September 4, 1999). "Feud continues between school district, radio station". The Indianapolis news. p. N2 – via

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