Noblesville Schools announced that they have partnered with multiple community organizations to launch a yearlong celebration throughout Noblesville during the 2019-2020 school year in commemoration of the district’s sesquicentennial.
Planning is currently in the works for 150th festivities to honor the district’s history and impact. These are expected to include themed events across the community, anniversary dedications, the honoring of “Miller Men and Women”, historical exhibits, an anniversary song, throwback spirit wear, a commemorative coffee table book, product tie-ins at local businesses and more.
The district has partnered with multiple community organizations to plan and execute the effort, including forming an executive committee with representatives from the City of Noblesville, Noblesville Chamber of Commerce, Conner Prairie, Hamilton East Public Library, Nickel Plate Arts, Noblesville Main Street, NHS Alumni Association, Noblesville Education Foundation, and the Hamilton County Historical Society.
“A lot has changed about Noblesville Schools over the last 150 years, but our pursuit of academic excellence and our love for our students have been constants,” said Marnie Cooke, director of marketing and communications for Noblesville Schools. “We hope Noblesville residents of all ages will find this once-in-a-generation milestone an opportunity to reminisce about school days gone by and to make new memories with us. We’re excited and appreciative to have the support of so many community organizations to make this celebration as widespread, fun, and meaningful as possible.”
While individual school houses have existed in Noblesville as far back as 1820, the district of Noblesville Schools was born in 1869 with the formation of a school board and the hiring of the first superintendent. The community’s goal at the time was building the first high school and “inaugurating a system of graded schools” in Noblesville.
Noblesville Schools’ board archives date back to 1870, the same year that construction began on Seminary School (later known as Second Ward.) The first Noblesville High School class, comprised of only three students, graduated from Seminary in 1876.
The anniversary year will officially kick off at the annual Back to School BASH, a Noblesville Schools/Noblesville Parks collaboration held at Federal Hill Commons on July 26, 2019.
For more information regarding the anniversary celebration, residents are encouraged to visit noblesvilleschools.org/150, where content will be updated throughout the year.