Clay High School (Indiana)
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|Clay High School|
|19131 Darden Road|
South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana 46637
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||South Bend Community School Corporation|
|Athletics conference||Northern Indiana Athletic Conference|
|Rival||South Bend Washington|
Clay High School is the Magnet High School for the Visual and Performing Fine Arts, and offers various fine arts classes such as dance, theatre tech, music theory, drawing, photography, ceramics, and piano/keyboarding. Clay also offers a Fine Arts Connection course which traces the relationships in the fine arts throughout history with hands-on activities. All magnet students are entitled to free private music lessons.
Advanced courses in Clay High School's music department require auditions. For those not interested in auditioning, basic classes are offered such as Mixed Choir, Orchestra, and Band. More advanced classes, such as Swing Choir, Advanced Choir, Women's Choir, Chamber Orchestra, and Jazz Band, require auditions (which usually occur at the beginning or end of the school year). The band, orchestra, and swing choir have all received Gold Division awards at ISSMA competitions.
Magnet grants also allow the school to perform four theatrical performances each school year: one play, two musicals, and a series of one-act plays. The school's thespian group performs shortened versions of these plays along with monologues and skits for competitions.
Visual Arts has also thrived. Since the beginning of the magnet program, many artists from Clay have attained varies from many contests such as the Scholastics Art and Writing. Visual Arts has established a strong base in the magnet program, create future artists respectively.
Clay High serves Village Apartments, the designated University of Notre Dame housing unit for students with dependent children and a part of the University Village complex. Village Apartments is assigned to schools based on its University Village Drive location. At the end of the 2017-2018 school year Fischer Graduate Residence will become the designated housing for students with dependent children, as University Village will close at the end of that school year.
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- Lee Nailon – professional basketball player for Panteras de Aguascalientes of Mexican Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional, NBA player for Philadelphia 76ers (2005–2006), New Orleans Hornets (2004–2005), Cleveland Cavaliers (2003–2004), Orlando Magic (2004), Atlanta Hawks (2003), New York Knicks (2002–2003), Charlotte Hornets (2000–2002)
- John Newcomer – game designer of coin-op titles such as Joust
- Dean Norris – actor, Breaking Bad
- Don Schlundt – Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball player (1951–1955) and member of 1953 National Championship team, inductee of Indiana University athletics Hall of Fame (1982) and Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame
- David Simkins – screenwriter and television producer
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