(March 15, 2018) The New All-Choice High School Experience for Indianapolis Public Schools, set to launch in the 2018-19 school year, will also include a new look for athletics. With fewer high schools and larger student bodies, IPS Athletics is poised to add additional sports at each high school, including more non-traditional sports, such as swimming & diving, golf, gymnastics, rugby and lacrosse.
“We have the ingredients to build up the powerhouse high school sports programs that IPS was known for in its heyday,” said IPS District Athletic Director Jamal Smith. “Providing a rise in school spirit and pride throughout the district is part of helping students excel.”
Additionally, IPS Athletics will be implementing changes to increase their community footprint. Each team, regardless of the sport, will be required to complete community service projects.
The changes at the high school level also include new athletic leadership with several recent hires. These Athletic Directors will spearhead an increase in athletic participation giving as many students as possible the opportunity to experience the positive impacts of sports.
Shann Hart will lead athletics at George Washington High School. Hart is the former IUPUI Head Women’s Basketball Coach. She was most recently the Athletic Director at the local Irvington Community Schools. Hart is bringing her history of developing successful, enthusiastic and creative programs as she looks to increase engagement from students, parents, and community partners.
Tyrone Lockhart will be the new athletic director at Crispus Attucks High School. Lockhart is the former Assistant Director of NCAA Championships & Alliances and former George Washington University Director of Basketball Operations. Lockhart is excited to work at a school with a rich tradition of strong athletic programs and looks forward to engaging community partners and passionate alumni to support student-athletes in everything they do.
Donald Newberry will lead athletics at Arsenal Technical High School. He’s the current Athletic Director at Broad Ripple High School. Newberry also worked in marketing and sales for the NFL and was a Sports Director for the YMCA of Cincinnati and Kentucky. Newberry plans to expand and strengthen the positive relationship between student-athletes in the classroom, their success as competitors on the field and servants in the community.
Katherine Langdon will maintain her position as the Athletic Director at Shortridge High School. She’s also the current IPS Facilitator for Health & Wellness. Through her determination and competitive spirit, she predicts significant growth for the program. Langdon is also excited to share the benefits of athletics with a broader student population.