Shortridge High School celebrates Black History Month

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The Shortridge Community will be engaging in several activities this month to celebrate Black History Month. As an International Baccalaureate School, we follow a world-wide mission with respect, diversity and understanding in the list of shared values in our school culture.

“Our staff has planned several opportunities for our scholars, faculty, families and community to learn and remember together. It is important to highlight the achievements of African American leaders, scientists, teachers, inventors, entrepreneurs, artists and more. We are purposely highlighting both individuals and activities from long ago and current groups, individuals and events in contemporary culture. We continually strive to demonstrate to our scholars they have a role to play in the future by engaging them in these experiences. “- Dr. Michelle Jackson, Assistant Principal, Shortridge High School.

Here are some of the upcoming activities:

February 1st – All School Field Trip to IRT for “Look who’s coming to dinner”
February 2nd – After school Field Trip to Georgetown 14 Cinema to see “Hidden Figures”
February 3rd – Friday Connect Speaker Series: James Poore, Entrepreneur, Franchisee
February 3rd – First Friday Event at MLK Center – Mr. O’Day joining in the Reciting of “I have a Dream” and a community art show
February 10th – Friday Connect Speaker Series: Jairrod Burch, Radio Host, Life Coach
February 16th – Freshman Field Trip to IMA Toby Theatre for “Romeo is Bleeding” 
February 17th – Friday Connect Speaker Series: Ted Green, Film Maker – “Attucks: A School that opened a City.”

And much more …

For more details, see out school calendar to the left of the home page on this website or click the “Calendar” icon at the top.

We thank our community partners: Indiana Reparatory Theatre, Georgetown 14 Cinema, MLK Community Center, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Peace Learning Center, WFYI/PBS and our Friday Connect speakers for providing discounts, waiving of fees and volunteering to share these opportunities with our school community.

To learn more about Black History Month, visit

“Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.” –

This video is a great recap of the origins of this month of recognition:

Mission of the International Baccalaureate Organization:

“The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.” –

For more information, contact Lori Armstrong, Partnership Coordinator, Shortridge High School by emailing