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Decatur Township was erected as a township of Marion County in 1822, and was named after Stephen Decatur, a Naval hero from the War of 1812. The first school being taught in the township is recorded as being dated back to the winter of 1824-25, and were founded and maintained by churches within the community. It wasn’t until 1870 that the township trustee and taxpayers took over responsibility for the school.

In the early 1930’s the two township high schools, Valley Mills High School and West Newton High School, converged into Decatur Central High School. Graduate of Valley Mills High School, and prominent and active citizen of Indianapolis, Carl Dortch, took credit for suggesting the ‘Hawks’ as the new high school’s moniker. In 1964, Robert F. Gladden, took over the education responsibilities of the township trustee as the first DCHS superintendent. 

 

Notable Alumni:

 

Richard (Dick) Givan- Indiana State Supreme Court Head Justice (Class of 1936)

 

Morris Mills- Indiana State Senator (Class of 1947)

 

John Barnes- Owner of Panther Racing (Class of 1970)

 

Terry Lingner- Director of Sports at ESPN (Class of 1972)

 

Dale Henson- Director of Indiana Fire Chiefs Association (Class of 1975)

 

Jason Holliday- City County Councilor (Class of 1984)

 

Aaron Gibson- former NFL offensive tackle (Class of 1995)

 

Amy Cozad Magana- 2016 Rio Olympic diver (Class of 2009)

 

 
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