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Our Legacy and Vision

The Legacy of Shortridge High

Establishing a new phase in the history for Shortridge High School as an International Baccalaureate high school with new traditions, we are now the proud home of more than 1,000 scholars who have chosen the challenges of the IB program. This website will chronicle their journey as they move into positions of leadership, scholarship and service.

The present is closely linked to the past, a legacy we trace back to our founder, Abraham Shortridge. Born on a Henry County farm in 1833, Abraham was an influential educator for fifty years and went on to serve as the second President of Purdue University. It is this remarkable man’s legacy of service and integrity which we emulate; it is his work that laid the foundation upon which we continue to build.

Our Fight Song, Alma Mater, and Hail to the Colors

We embody our school spirit through our Fight Song, Alma Mater, and Hail to the Colors. Each verse sung in the halls of Shortridge High echo our values, our unity, and our aspiration for excellence in everything we do.

Sung to the tune of the “Artillery Caisson Song” (Over Hill, Over Dale, We will hit the dusty trail, As the Caissons go rolling along.)

Hit ‘em high, hit ‘em low,
Come on Shortridge let us go; 
We are for you with all of our might.

Push them back, never yield,
In the gym or on the field,
Keep a-going with pep and with fight.

Then it’s rah, rah, rah, RAH (louder)
Rah, rah, rah, rah, rah!
Nine rahs for Shortridge and the team
(Team! Team!) 

From far and near
You will always hear
Come on Shortridge; oh Shortridge let’s go.
(Come on Shortridge!)
Come on Shortridge; oh Shortridge let’s go!

 In the land of milk and honey
In the Central West,
Stands a school of many virtues,
Ranked among the best,
Glorious Shortridge is her title,
Loved by old and young;
Let her name be duly honored,
Let her praise be sung.

Many come to her for knowledge,
Wide her portals stand,
Bidding youth to pause for learning;
Youth from every land,
Greek, Italian, Hoosier, Chinese,
All have entered here;
Now they join to raise the chorus
With good Shortridge cheer

In athletics as in studies,
Stand we at the head;
In the race for higher culture,
We are never let.
Sound the chorus, speed it onward
Over vale and bridge;
Praise to thee, our alma mater,
Hail, Oh hail! Shortridge

Hail to our colors blue and white.Hail to the school that stands for right. Let’s help to make our school

The one that is the best.

And keep her o’er the rest .

We’ll win whate’er we try to do.

We’ll fight for our dear white and blue.

We’ll always be loyal, We will never fail you, Shortridge Hail, oh, hail! 

Shortridge today stands as a wonderful environment in which students can grow academically, personally, and socially. Students are presented with a variety of new and exciting opportunities to explore areas of interest that will help promote this growth. We understand this growth is very individualized and work hard to encourage choices that will help scholars question their assumptions, challenge their intellect, and stimulate their creativity.

Our curriculum allows all students the opportunity for an enriching high school experience that will provide a solid foundation for their future success beyond the walls of Shortridge High School.

Our Mission and Vision

At Shortridge High School, we educate young adults to think freely, demonstrate intellectual vitality, and address needs and realities greater than themselves. Our vision is that through education, our students will achieve academic success and become active and engaged citizens who work for the greater good of society. We aim to teach our children tenacity, integrity, perseverance, help them develop a sense of self, and empower them in the service of others.

“A disciplined mind and cultivated heart are elements of power.” ~ Caleb Mills