Herron High School in Indianapolis says a $250,000 grant from the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation will support the restoration of its main building. The funding comes after last month's public launch of a $5.3 million capital campaign.

November 12, 2013

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. — Herron High School has received a $250,000 grant from the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation toward the continued restoration of the historic Main Building. The Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation has provided major support to Herron High School in the past. The latest gift was announced on the heels of the public launch of Herron High School’s $5.3 million capital campaign and last month's news of a major gift from local philanthropists Steve and Livia Russell.

The Beaux Art style Main Building was designed by the famous French architect Philip Cret and built in 1928. Today the building is home to three floors of classrooms, science labs, art rooms and the Lyceum, a digital learning center. The renovated Main building also provides additional administrative offices for Herron High School.

“This gift from the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation is deeply meaningful to the students and faculty who learn and work in the Main Building every day. It’s a generous gesture of support for Herron High School and our outstanding scholars,” said Janet McNeal, Head of School.

Herron High School continues to seek public and community support as it renovates and restores all three buildings on its historic campus, which once housed the John Herron Art Institute and the city’s first art museum. As a tuition-free Indiana public, charter school, Herron High School does not receive state funding for facilities or technology needs and must raise the necessary funding through philanthropy and grants.

The school is founded on the belief that a classical, liberal arts education, where students are steeped in great historical thought and invention is the best preparation for a future life of leadership and service.

Exceptionally high demand for a Herron High School education has outstripped the capacity of the physical facilities. The school has an enrollment of nearly 700 students. School officials say close to 96% percent of Herron High School students graduate and a high percentage have been accepted into colleges since the school’s founding.

More About Herron High School

Founded in 2005, Herron High School is a public, tuition-free Mayor-sponsored charter school. Designated a 4 Star School by the IDOE, Herron High School is dedicated to providing a classical, liberal arts education for students in grades 9 through 12. Herron High School offers an integrated curriculum and creative methodology which utilizes an art history timeline. This approach aids students in assimilating knowledge by connecting logical relationships between subjects. With small class sizes and individualized attention, Herron’s classical education includes Latin, art and music as well as rigorous English, math and science classes to provide a truly unique high school experience Herron High School is ranked in the top 5% of high schools nationwide in reports generated by US News and World Report, Newsweek and the Washington Post.

Source: Herron High School

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