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Alumni Spotlight—Five Questions with IPS Alums: Ted Meek Looks Back at How the District Made a Difference in His Life

Julie (Lukens) and Ted Meek.
Julie and Ted Meek

Indianapolis Public Schools is proud of our graduates and their diverse, inspiring journeys. We have created the IPS Alumni Spotlight to celebrate our former students and showcase their experiences, accomplishments, and personal interests. We believe that every graduate has a unique path, and we can all learn from their journeys.

IPS recently asked Ted Meek, a 1968 graduate of Arlington High School about his journey that began in the state’s largest school district.

After graduating from Arlington High School, Ted attended Indiana University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1972. While in college, he worked as an emergency room technician at Community Hospital in Indianapolis. There, he met his future wife, Julie (Lukens) Meek, who earned her PhD in 1993.

After college, Ted went into the commercial property industry and recently retired.

Q—How did your experiences at Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) shape your educational foundation and career aspirations?
A—It gave me a solid foundation to prepare me for college and my work life.

Q—Can you share memorable moments or teachers who had a significant impact on your time at IPS?
A—Mrs. McGrath was a great math teacher. Mrs. Payne taught me the importance of the Constitution, and Mr. Wallace piqued my interest in microbiology.

Q—How has your education at IPS influenced your personal and professional development since graduating?
A—It was essential for my ability to work in a competitive world.

Q—What specific skills or knowledge gained at IPS have proven most valuable in your current life or career?
A—I think it was writing business letters and proposals as well as developing excellent math skills to accurately quote profitable business transactions.

Q—What challenges did you face during your time at IPS, and how did overcoming them contribute to your personal growth?
A—Competing in class and athletics taught me that every day does not guarantee success.