Our mission for our school and community is to provide a safe and positive learning environment which promotes personal growth, community involvement, knowledge, skills and attitudes that prepare all students to become independent, to strive for excellence, and to be productive and responsible members of society.
William Henry Harrison High School is a four-year comprehensive high school with an enrollment of approaching 2000 students in grades 9 through 12. The school year is divided into two 18 week semesters and the school day consists of seven 50 minute class periods. There are 125 Certified Staff members of whom the majority have advanced degrees. Harrison is accredited by the AdvancED and holds a Special First Class Commission from the Indiana Department of Education. Harrison is also a member of the Indiana Association of College Admissions Counselors.
Harrison High School is located approximately 60 miles north of Indianapolis in Tippecanoe County. The cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette provide many industrial, business, agricultural, and educational opportunities. Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, makes a wide variety of educational and cultural activities available to the community.
Harrison High School has enjoyed many successful athletic programs. As a member of the North Central Conference, we offer the opportunity for our students to participate in 20 varsity sports, including 10 for boys and 10 for girls. Many of our teams have won conference championships, and have competed for state titles. Our girls track team (’74), football team, ('92), and baseball ('95) have won state championship titles. Numerous Harrison graduates are participating in Division I athletics and more continue to sign. Forty-five percent of the athletes earn a 3.50 or higher GPA during their season.
Harrison offers a variety of visual and performing arts courses in theater, dance, vocal and instrumental music, and visual arts working with various mediums. Many of our programs have been awarded state honors and are recognized statewide for excellence.There are over 450 students enrolled in five bands and six choirs in addition to several extra-curricular ensembles. Harrison music ensembles consistently receive superior ratings at various festivals and the band and choir departments are active in European and domestic travel and student exchanges. The Harrison Militia Band and Guard is also an award-winning ensemble, which has received many awards in competition. Our Visual Art department's reputation is exceptional. Students participate in the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts, Scholastic Arts High School Arts Competition, the Greater Lafayette Museums New Artist Competition along with other exhibitions, Students have won awards and scholarships regionally and nationally.
Harrison High School offers a wide variety of clubs, honorary and service organizations, and academic teams to our students. Harrison has been recognized throughout the state for our outstanding academic competition performance, and leadership preparation. Harrison is committed to providing opportunities for students with varied strengths and interests. Our Academic teams, consisting of Super Bowl, Spell Bowl, and Quiz Bowl consistently advance to state and national competitions. The Student Council is actively involved in school and community programs, including food drives, blood drives, and highway cleanup. The annual "Hoops for Hope" campaign raises over $25,000 for charitable causes in and around Tippecanoe County.
Harrison Facts & Figures
Graduation Rate 95%
Attendance Rate 96.1%
Students pursuing college education 77%
Students receiving Honors Diploma 30%
Honors Diploma State Average 30%
Students receiving Core 40 Diploma 64%
Core 40 Diploma State Average 66%
Number of Advanced Placement Courses Offered 8
Students Taking Advanced Placement Test 29.7%
State Average of students taking Advanced Placement Tests 8%
Students scoring 3 or above on AP Tests 76%
State Average of students scoring 3 or above on AP Tests 51%
Harrison High School uses a four point grading scale. Harrison does not use a weighted grading system for Honors or Advanced Placement courses.
A = 4.0 = 100 - 90%
B = 3.0 = 89 - 80%
C = 2.0 = 79 - 70%
D = 1.0 = 69 - 60%
For a listing of courses offered at Harrison High School,
or Graduation Requirements please visit the Office of Student Services.