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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
William Henry Harrison High School is a highly rated, public school located in West Lafayette, IN. It has 1,983 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 46% of students are at least proficient in math and 64% in reading.

William Henry Harrison High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
64%
Percent Proficient - Math
46%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1220
362 responses
Average ACT
27
101 responses
AP Enrollment
17%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
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  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    A
Median Household Income
$86,408
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$807
National
$949
Median Home Value
$210,800
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
95%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.40 responses
Poll
83%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.40 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 96 responses
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  • Mr HHS
    21%
  • Athletics
    16%
  • Live From Garff
    14%
  • Hoops for Hope
    11%
  • Live From Graff
    9%
  • The male talent show and the student concert
    9%
  • Musical
    6%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,983
Free or Reduced Lunch
25%
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.41 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.41 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.41 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
2.1%
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.49 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.49 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.49 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$11,296/ year
National
$12,239
89%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.53 responses
49%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.53 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.53 responses
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William Henry Harrison High School Reviews

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A good school in terms of course options and the education you receive. It is much too crowded though! The school is beyond the capacity that it was intended for when it was built. Nothing is being done to fix this problem. Rather than spending money on building more classrooms for everyone's use and to decrease overall class sizes, the school is taking on a large and incredibly expensive project to build a sports complex (even though in some of my classes we don't have enough desks or textbooks for everyone). In addition, this construction has decreased the amount of student parking by at least 1/3rd. This makes it even more difficult in terms of traffic congestion before and after school, and yet often times students are still counted tardy if they are late to school because of something they CAN'T control.
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The academic facilities are pretty good, but are under stress as HHS goes through growing pains, caused by the rapid growth of the suburbs in Tippecanoe County.
However, the size of the school (~500 per grade) results in a great variety of courses, clubs, etc.
In general, the teachers are pretty good, but there's definitely a wide variety of them. Some older who have been teaching at Harrison for decades, others younger who recently joined the staff.
Lately, HHS has had very strong athletic programs. Like any Indiana HS with money, the athletic facilities are great and undergo consistent maintenance and renovations. (Recently, Harrison has gotten a new pool, turf football field, and tennis courts)
HHS also has a pretty good auditorium, but it could use updates/renovations as the sound and lighting systems are aging.
In general, Harrison's pretty great. It's a good mix of country and city residents, and its close links to the Purdue community help maintain an overall high standard.
I attended Harrison Highschool between 2009 and 2013. I had a good experience at the time, but there were many factors that could be improved. Some of these elements were more the fault of educational priorities in the state at large, but other issues could have been remedied at the school or district level. Some examples included poor integration of technology when student laptops were implemented, the segregation of lower performing students and lack of adequate preparation for those students to re-enter the main student body or pursue higher education, poor preparation for student safety (even post-Sandy Hook/Parkland many exterior doors were unlocked), and poor funding priorities (building new facilities instead of reducing class size).