The year of 2018 has been historical for Warren Central High School. From earning multiple accolades to welcoming new leaders, this year has been nothing short of astonishing. The school has given the community enough accomplishments to talk about for a lifetime over the span of just 12 months. People have called Warren Central the “Pride of the Eastside” for years, but this year, the school has exceeded that title.
JANUARY 19, 2018- JUNIOR WRESTLER ALISE TERHUNE WINS STATE.
Terhune was one of the first state champions to win the tournament, beating then freshman- Leah Bishop from Highland High School 11-1, in major decision, for the title. She was a sophomore when she became the first female wrestling state champion in school history by winning the Indiana High School Girls Wrestling State Finals. This was the first Indiana High School Girls Wrestling state tournament ever.
FEBRUARY 24TH, 2018- WARREN CENTRAL GIRLS BASKETBALL WINS STATE.
The Warren Central girls basketball program made headlines when they overcame a .7 percent chance of winning the state title. They defeated the Lady Eagles from Zionsville High School 50-46, earning the first state championship in girls basketball in school history. During this historical achievement, their head coach, Stacy Mitchell, also became the first black head coach to ever win the title in Indiana.
March 24th, 2018- Warren Central boys basketball wins state.
Warren Central saw Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the second time this year when the boys basketball team overcame the Carmel High School Greyhounds 54-48, finishing their sensational undefeated season. They are the first basketball team in Indiana to ever go 32-0 and were the first undefeated team that Indiana has seen since 2009. Warren Central swept up both the boys and girls state titles in basketball this year, becoming the first to ever achieve this in the 4A class, the biggest high school class in the state tournament.
JULY 30TH, 2018- TIM HANSON TAKES OVER AS WARREN CENTRAL’S NEW SUPERINTENDENT.
With the retirement of Dena Cushenberry, Warren Central’s new superintendent, Tim Hanson, took over at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. Under Hanson’s new leadership, Warren Central started the school year with a new cohort system in place. It planned for counselors and deans to stay with a graduating class for all four years and to “graduate” with these students when they graduate. Furthermore, he introduced a superintendent-student advisory board, where students of all high school levels were brought in to share experiences with Hanson so he can help improve the high school experience for all students. Throughout the year, he has worked on building the relationship between students and faculty members.
OCTOBER 27TH, 2018- WARREN CENTRAL GOLD BRIGADE WINS THE SCHOLASTIC CLASS A STATE FINALS.
Last year, the Gold Brigade won the first marching band state championship in school history and defended their title for the first time during the 2018-2019 school year. Their performance of “Mirror Mirror” won them third at a competition in Chicago, and at all of their competitions in Indiana. The Gold Brigade swept all of the first-place trophies and side accolades that came with it.
NOVEMBER 8TH, 2018- WARREN CENTRAL SENIOR DESTINY HATCHER AND ALUMNI BRANDON WARREN TRAVELLED TO COSTA RICA TO CONTINUE THEIR JOURNEY TO END GUN VIOLENCE.
Hatcher and Warren were invited to speak and stay with Nobel Peace Prize winners Jody Williams and Oscar Arias for three days to learn how to continue to make a change in their community, continue their WeLive movement and make more strides to end violence by reaching out to the youth, the leaders of tomorrow. Warren was the founder of a club at Warren Central called WeLive that caught steam last year. WeLive focuses on a youth-led movement to end violence, particularly gun-violence.
NOVEMBER 23RD, 2018- WARREN CENTRAL FOOTBALL WINS STATE.
At Lucas Oil Stadium, the Warren Central football team won their ninth state championship in school history. The Warriors finished their season with a record of 14-0, becoming the first school to ever dominate both the basketball and football titles in the same schedule year. One of the most notable individual achievements came from senior wide-receiver David Bell, who became the first athlete to ever win a football and basketball undefeated state championship.