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Washington High School
Washington High School (1967-2007)
608 East Walnut Street
Washington, Indiana, USA
Type Public high school
Established 1837
Locale Small Town
School district Washington Community School Corporation
Superintendent Dr. Bruce Hatton
Principal Paul White
Vice principal Jeffery Fisher
Athletic Director Gene Miiller
Faculty 93
Grades 9-12
Number of students 746
Class 3A in all sports
Average class size 150-175
Schedule 8:10 - 3:15 ET
Color(s)                Black, Old Gold & White
Song -
Fight song Notre Dame Victory March
Athletics conference Big Eight Conference
Nickname Hatchets / Lady Hatchets
Rivals Washington Catholic
Vincennes Lincoln
Newspaper -
Feeder schools Washington Junior High School
Counties Served Daviess
Snapshot WHS
Gym Capacity 7,090

for schools of the same name

Washington High School is a high school in Washington, Indiana. Its athletic mascot is "The Hatchets". The School's primary colors are old gold and black. WHS plays in the Big Eight Conference. WHS is also a 3A School in Athletics.



Washington High School as of 1960.

The first record of a school in Washington is that of the Seminary located on the corner of Walnut and Fifth Streets in 1837. In 1877, because of inadequate space, this four-room structure was replaced by a three-story brick building. Its loss by fire in 1897 necessitated the building of what was the Walnut Street grade school building. It later served as a combined high school and grade school. Shortly thereafter, an increased enrollment gave rise to the need for additional space. As a result, a new high school building was constructed in 1913. This building was used for high school classes until 1967, and then was used for junior high classes, until it was razed in 1979. The community gymnasium, now the junior high gym, became a part of the school system in 1925, and the football stadium was completed in 1939. The school is currently under reconstruction and is slated to be completed by summer 2009.


The "Hatchet House" gymnasium has a seating Capacity of 7090, but with packed seats and standing spectators it can hold many more. There were over 8000 spectators at the 2008 regional playoffs when Washington played and defeated Evansville Reitz Memorial.

  • 1914 - Indiana State Track & Field Champions
  • 1915 - Indiana State Track & Field Champions
  • 1930 - Indiana State Basketball Champions
  • 1941 - Indiana State Basketball Champions
  • 1942 - Indiana State Basketball Champions
  • 2005 - 3A Indiana State Basketball Champions
  • 2008 - 3A Indiana State Basketball Champions

Currently 3rd All time for Indiana State Championships (Basketball) with 5

Choral Program

The Washington High school choral program is under direction by Scott Griffith. It consists of three advanced choirs and two beginner choirs. The advanced choirs are under the names, "Impulse", which is their mixed gender choir, "Accents", which is their premier all female choir, and "Encore" the "little sister" choir of the group. In the 2009 year the Impulse and Accents show choirs went to the state finals. In the competition, Accents placed 4th out of 9 places, where Impulse placed 8th of 9 places. The advanced choirs are known do more difficult songs that are more college level.

Notable Alumni

  • Chuck Harmon - First African-American to play for Cincinnati Reds (1954-1956), who was also an All-American basketball player at University of Toledo.
  • Big Dave DeJernett - In 1930 became first African-American to lead an integrated basketball championship team at statewide level or higher; in 1931 became Indiana's first black college basketball star before playing professionally for the Chicago Crusaders and New York Renaissance.
  • Steve Bouchie - 1979 Indiana Mr. Basketball and member of the 1981 Indiana University NCAA championship squad.
  • Craig Neil - retired NBA player; currently associate head coach of the New Mexico Lobos
  • Luke Zeller - 2005 Indiana Mr. Basketball and Trester Mental Attitude award winner and former Notre Dame player (6'10"), 2005 McDonald's All American 3A State finals MVP
  • Tyler Zeller - 2008 Indiana Mr. Basketball and current North Carolina player (7'0"), 2008 McDonald's All AmericanIndiana’s Gatorade Player of the Year,3A State finals MVP. A member of the North Carolina's 2009 NCAA championship team.



  1. ^ Hatchet Home

Coordinates: 38°39′33″N 87°10′05″W / 38.65917°N 87.16806°W / 38.65917; -87.16806



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