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Need a yearbook or digital image? Please contact the Southport Alumni Association at david.ladd@me.com.

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 In 1891 the first space was designated for a Perry Township high school, the upper floor of a building at Madison Avenue and Southport Road that housed lower grades below.  A new building still serving all grades was built in 1912 on the same site, but it wasn't until 1930 when Southport High School would finally have a designated home of its own. This new building, modeled after the Wren building of the College of William and Mary, opened at East Banta Road and Orinoco. Built in the Colonial Revival style, it still stands and is on the National Register of Historic places but couldn’t sustain the massive population increase over the next three decades. In 1958 Southport High School would find its current home at 971 East Banta Road, in what was originally a Junior High. The name on this building would not be changed from "Perry Township Senior High School" to "Southport High School" until 1967. Though it went through extensive renovations in 1988, this location has the longest tenure as Southport High School by far and in 2012 it was remodeled to give the school an updated look and help accommodate 21st century needs.

 

In 1925 the first Southport High School yearbook, christened the Anchor, was published and has since documented over 90 years of Southport highlights. A leader in athletics since 1912 when students first had an indoor gymnasium, the school boasts 17 Marion County Basketball titles, including the first tournament ever held in 1920. Beginning in 1925, long before girl's basketball was included in IHSAA Championships, Southport had it's first girl's basketball team. The girl's team would go on to win the school's first state basketball title in 1980. Perry Stadium, originally Roosevelt Stadium, was built in 1936 under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration. Still home to the Southport Cardinals, it rings with the school's fight song, "Hail to Southport High," which was written in 1932 and featured in the movie Hoosiers.

 

Southport alumni include former NBA player for the San Antonio Spurs Louis Dampier, MLB player Charles Herbert “Chuck” Klein, actor Terry Lester, and journalist Robin Miller.

 

 

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