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Pirate Pride!


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.
  • Intermediate, middle and high schools offer students 63 different clubs and activities. From clubs like Art, Chess, Culinary, Environmental, Jazz Band, Key Club, Permanent Ink, to others like Quiz Bowl, Thespians, Men on a Mission, Voices of Reason, and Robotics, students have a wide variety of activities in which to engage, meet people with like minds, and hone their skills.
  • The Merrillville Education Foundation’s generous ongoing support of Merrillville schools provides additional opportunities for students. Since 2002, the organization has awarded more than $380,000 in grant money to teachers based upon innovative and creative approaches to learning in the classroom. 
  • We are an Energy Star Partner!



  • Academics
  • Class of 2021 earned more than $789,000 in scholarships*; 14.7% earned academic honors diplomas; 2% earned technical honors diplomas; 5.1% earned both academic and honors diplomas.
  • Three students from the Merrillville Academic Teams earned their academic letters. 
  • 2021 is the first time at MHS that a valedictorian and/or a salutatorian earned their Certificates of Multilingual proficiency or CoMPs, let alone BOTH! The 2021 Salutatorian earned hers in Arabic/English, and she is the first ever Merrillville student to earn it. The 2021 Valedictorian earned his in Spanish/English
  • Thirty-six Merrillville High School juniors were inducted into the National Honor Society. 
  • Athletics
  • Track & Field
    • Three MHS Track and Field seniors were selected as 2021 Indiana All-Stars to represent Merrillville at the Midwest Meet of Champions held at Olivet College. 
    • Six MHS Track and Field athletes were named 2020-21 ALL-DAC team for their respective sports.
    • Girls' Track & Field 4x100M relay team placed 9th and the athlete who ran100M hurdles placed 8th at IHSAA State Finals. 
    • Eight Boys' Track & Field team members qualified for state.The team placed 9th in shot put and 4th in 4x100M relay team at IHSAA State Finals.  
    • Boys' Track & Field won its third straight IHSAA Regional.The 4x100 Meter Relay team won first place. 
    • Boys' Track & Field won third straight IHSAA Sectional. The Pirates won five events (110M High Hurdles, 4x100M Relay, High Jump, Long Jump, Shot Put).
    • Boys' Track & Field repeat as DAC Champions. Pirates won four events (4x100m Relay, 200m Dash, High Jump, Shot Put)
    • Girls' Track & Field placed 4th at DAC Championships and won the 100 Meter Hurdles!
  • Nineteen athletes were named to the 2020-21 ALL-DAC team for their respective sports: boys/girls basketball, boys cross country, boys/girls soccer, boys tennis, football, gymnastics, and wrestling. 
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    • Pirate Football won Regional back-to-back Championships. 
    • Football team celebrates Duneland Athletic Conference Championship.

    • Football Program celebrates 500 wins.

    • Two students represented MHS Pirate Football in the 2021 Indiana Football Coaches Association North/South All-Star Game!

  • First Pirate State qualifier for cross country since 2010. 

  • MHS senior named 220lbs. IHSAA Wrestling State Runner-Up.


  • Amazing Educators
  • Miller Elementary School Principal Jennifer Griffin completed her second year reading books to famil
    ies weekly on the Miller PTO Facebook Page, using Facebook Live.
  • MHS Assistant Principal Candace Lillie was awarded the Indiana Association of Student Councils Administrator of the Year for the High School Division, 2019-2020. Administrator of the Year Award recognizes building administrators who have shown strong and continued support of student activities in their schools. She was chosen by a group of students, advisers and other school faculty who determined she has created an environment where the students and staff feel encouraged and appreciated.
  • Performing Arts Honors
  • The Educational Theatre Foundation’s (ETF) new Thespian Relief Fund awarded Merrillville High School Thespian Troupe #1692 a grant of $1,500 to support theatre education and production during the 2020-21 academic year. 
  • Members of the Merrillville High School Thespian Troupe #1692 earned accolades at the Thespian Nation Live conference, a virtual multistate event. 
    • In individual event competitions, a freshman ranked superior in scenic design
      , qualifying to compete at the International Thespian Festival in the 2021 summer; 
    • Two duos were ranked excellent in duet acting; 
    • Two seniors were offered college scholarships: one earned more than $50,000 in scholarship offers from several schools across the country; one was recognized as a Distinguished Senior and was offered a full-ride scholarship to the University of Indianapolis. 
    • For the eighth year in a row, Merrillville will represent the state, as a junior was re-elected as State Thespian Officer. She is the first MHS STO to serve two terms. 
    • MHS Thespian Troupe was recognized for the third year in a row as a Gold Ranked Honor Troupe for its efforts in participation, community service and outreach.
  • All 20 Merrillville High School choir students who competed in ISSMA state events received gold medal ratings. Students competed in 13 vocal solos, one piano solo and six ensembles, earning a total of 88 gold medals in all. In addition, eight of the 20 earned their golds with distinction!  
  • Poets of Permanent Ink were selected to compete in the Purdue University Northwest Impact Slam. MHS senior won second place for his piece. This was the fourth year in a row that Permanent Ink competed in a poetry slam at the university. 
  • Misc. Highlights 
    • For the first time in the history of the Board of School Trustees of the Merrillville Community School Corporation, women hold the majority. In addition, for the first time in the corporation’s history, two educators hold the top two leader
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      ship roles. 
    • The new entrance of Pierce Middle School was completed. Construction over the previous months brought the administrative offices to the front of the building and changed visitor traffic flow through the entrance to increase overall security and add workspace. The new entrance allows visiting parents to have better access to administrators. 

    • The James F. Giannini family donated seven and a half acres of land, located at 124 E. 73rd Ave., near Pierce Middle School, to the school corporation.