In 1971 the Perry Township School Board decided to build a second high school in Perry Township. A combination of baby boomer births and suburban migration made Southport High School unable to accommodate their burgeoning enrollment.
The new high school would be named Perry Meridian High School. It would be located at 401 West Meridian School Road. The attendance boundaries for this new school would basically cover the western part of Perry Township. High school students in the eastern part of the township would continue to attend Southport High School. The mascot for PMHS would be a falcon and the colors would be blue and silver.
PMHS opened to students in August 1973. James Head was selected as the principal, having been an assistant at Southport High School. There was no senior class that first year of 1973-1974. The senior class was allowed to remain at Southport High School and graduate from SHS. PMHS had its own gymnasium but PMHS would share the Perry Township football stadium with Southport High School. An auxiliary gym was added in 1984 to accommodate increased athletic teams. Major additions and renovations were made to PMHS in 1999-2001 and again in 2011-2012. In August 2017, PMHS will open its own football stadium, which will be located at the school.
Some notable PMHS alumni include Clay Robbins (1975) who is the president of Lilly Endowment; Purdue and WNBA all star Katie Douglas (1997); Ball State University head football coach Mike Neu (1989); and Miss America candidate Claire Buffie (2004).
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