George Buck Elementary empowers all students to become exemplary citizens.


George Buck Elementary prepares all students by establishing a community of learning through cooperative relationships, mutual respect, and high-quality instruction.

School Motto

We are Brilliant, Unstoppable, Confident, & Kind.

School Expectations






A Wildcat Demonstrates RESPECT by being an excellent example for others because our actions show them that we care about their opinions, feelings, and well-being.

A Wildcat Demonstrates ORDER by being organized and following school rules and procedures that keep everyone focused on learning.

A Wildcat Demonstrates ACCEPTANCE by being courteous and kind to everyone because valuing our similarities and differences is essential for success.

A Wildcat Demonstrates RESPONSIBILITY by controlling our actions, being accountable for them, and by challenging ourselves to act better in the future.

A Wildcat Demonstrates SAFETY by being prepared at all times, reporting any problems to the nearest adult, and listening to and following all directions.

School History

George S. Buck was born in Ohio in 1866. He attended public schools, and began teaching in a one room school at the age of seventeen. He left teaching long enough to obtain a degree from Wittenberg College, then resurged his career. He came to Indianapolis in 1910 as principal of Shortridge High School, the oldest high school in the city. During the thirty-one years he headed Shortridge, he saw the enrollment and the teaching staff of the school double. The school itself was moved from the old downtown site into the handsome building at 34th and Meridian. The school gained recognition as one of the most outstanding high schools in the United States, widely known for the academic achievements of its graduates.

Buck was famous for his touch with the pupils at Shortridge, an attitude that mixed kindness with firmness, and for his ability as a counselor of young people. The school staff respected him for his leadership, as an educator who knew both the problems and the solutions of running a large secondary school. He became the spokesman on matters affecting high schools in the city, trusted by educators and laymen alike.

Long a resident of the Irvington area, he was active in Methodist affairs and served for years as a Sunday school teacher. He was a thirty-second degree Mason, and a worker in civic and literary activities of Irvington and the larger community. Interested and influential in the work of educational associations, he received honorary degrees from Wittenberg and Butler. Reiring in 1940, he died at Indianapolis in 1949.