George Washington High School was opened in 1927 in the Haughville neighborhood of Indianapolis. Due to shrinking enrollments in the Indianapolis Public School system, several schools were closed, including Washington High School, in 1995.
In the 1960's, Washington High School was a state leader in sports.
In the 1964-65 school year, future ABA player Bill Keller led the Continentals to their first Indiana State Basketball Championship. Four years later, Washington was led by future ABA and NBA legend, George McGinnis, along with another future NBA player, Steve Downing. That 1968-69 team not only won the State Championship, but became only the third team in Indiana history to finish the season undefeated, going 31-0. Keller, McGinnis, Downing and the entire 1968-69 team are in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
Washington High School won the Football State Championship in 1966, 1969 and 1974.
They claimed the State Golf Championship in 1961.
In 1975, they won the Girls State Track Championship.
In 1998, several Near Westside community organizations, along with the Indianapolis Public Schools, IUPUI, religious and social associations, banded together to form the Westside Education Task Force. Among WETF's goals was the desire to re-open a neighborhood school. In 2000, the Washington High School building was re-opened as Washington Middle School. In 2001, the school was reborn as George Washington Community School, a unique community-based school. In 2006, GWCS received the inaugural National Community School Award. GWCS was also recognized by the Knowledge Works Foundation as "one of the nation's best examples of a school as center of community". Currently IUPUI has approximately 18 different programs and classes engaged in the school.
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