Pirate Pride!

Last Updated: 9/8/2020 5:26 PM


Pirate Pride!



Here at Merrillville Community School Corporation, we have a lot to be proud of: 

  • Each Merrillville Community School has amazing attributes and accomplishments that bring pride to the students, staff, and community.  
  • High-tech safety features including video surveillance at all schools and on buses.
  • Buildings and athletic facilities are modern, well equipped, and continually updated.
  • MHS graduates are attending colleges/universities across the nation.
  • Highly supportive community partnerships, including corporations and local PTOs.
  • We are an Energy Star Partner!


  • Athletics awards

    • Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association named Jeff Fairbairn the Middle School Athletic Director of the Year. football

    • Wrestling team won its 16th straight IHSAA Sectional, second straight IHSAA Regional Championship. Two seniors placed fourth and sixth in state. 

    • MHS boys basketball team junior guard named to Indiana Junior All-Star team and the 2020 IBCA (Indiana Basketball Coaches Association) Subway Underclass All-State Supreme 15. 

    • MHS girls basketball team junior named to the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association All State Second Team.

    • Girls track senior honored with the 2020 C. Eugene Cato Memorial Scholarships, sponsored by the IHSAA and the IHSAA Foundation. 

    • Girls track senior, IHSAA Sectional Champion, ranked fifth in the state with a personal record of 7.70 in the 100M.

    • 2019 Girls 4x100 team won state runner up.

    • Two soccer seniors voted Honorable Mention All-State and 1strelay Team All-State by the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association. 

    • MHS football team earned first IHSAA Regional Title since 2012; the 7th Regional title in program history. 

    • Senior gymnast placed THIRD at IHSAA Gymnastics IHSAA State Finals and earned All-DAC.

  • Amazing educators

    • Merrillville Intermediate School Fifth Grade Math & Science Teacher Joy Kent was one of 12 teachers from around Indiana recognized as the 2020-21 winners of the Armstrong Teacher Educator Award.

    • Eighth Grade Teacher Lauren Morando recognized as MCSC Educator of the Year by the Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce

    • MHS Orchestra Teacher Diane Rosenthal won the Teacher Creativity Fellowship, funded by Lilly Endowment.

  • Award-winning JROTCjrotc

    • The Drill Team placed first overall in Anchor Bay, Mich. drill meet and brought home eight trophies: four first place trophies, including Advanced Armed, Unarmed Exhibition, First Year Armed and First Year Unarmed; two second place trophies: Armed Exhibition and Advanced Unarmed; and two third place trophies: First Year Color Guard and Inspection.

    • The team placed second at the meet in Howell, Mich. The Advanced Color Guard Team placed first; the Unarmed Exhibition Team placed second; the First Year Unarmed Team placed second; the First Year Armed Team placed third. Three cadets placed in the individual competition.

  • Performing Arts Honors

    • MHS Choir ISSMA State Solo and Ensemble participants and our choral program were honored by Indiana Representative Lisa Beck in Housthespianse Resolution 51.

    • A total of 82 gold medals were earned by 30 choir members at ISSMA State Solo and Ensemble Contest; 64 of those were "With Distinction" and two events earned silver medals. Of the 12 soloists who competed, 11 earned gold medals. Of the 11 gold, six were "With Distinction.” Of the seven ensembles who earned gold, six were "With Distinction.” 

    • MHS Thespian Troupe #1692 won Best Ensemble and Best Supporting Actor awards at NWI regional competition. The group was also recognized at the State Thespian Competition: Two students were elected as State Thespian Officers. A junior student auditioned for and was accepted to nine different colleges. The Troupe earned Gold Ranked Honor Troupe for all of the participation, community service and outreach that they do. Many students ranking superior and excellent in events.

    • MHS poets of Permanent Ink took second in the prestigious Gwendolyn Brooks Regional at Hancock High School in Chicago.orchestra

    • MHS Band-of-Pirates won gold and two silvers at ISSMA competitions.

    • MHS woodwind ensemble and alto saxophone solo earned gold at ISSMA State Solo/Ensemble Contest.

    • Thirty-four MHS high school orchestra students qualified for ISSMA State Solo/Ensemble Contest. Three soloists won gold medals, one with distinction, as well as the senior violin trio.

  • Individual students recognized

    • Microsoft recognized MHS senior who placed second in the State of Indiana while earning his certification in MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) Excel 2019. MHS junior and sophomore took second and third in state, respectively, while earning their certifications in MOS Excel 2016.

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