Reinventing High School November 2016


Kristi Mann has been named lead humanities instructor at Purdue Polytechnic High School.

“One of my other core beliefs in developing a successful school is an atmosphere of collaboration and teamwork,” Mann said. “Being able to help develop the curriculum and school structure with a collaborative and innovative team is an amazing opportunity for me. I am really excited to connect our students with the community, state agencies, and industries to make the curriculum and daily experience for them engaging and memorable.”

Mann worked for seven years at Goodwill Education Initiatives teaching students and creating and implementing curriculum and professional development for teachers. She also spent two years as a career and technical education (CTE) business teacher at Shelbyville High School.

Prior to joining Purdue Polytechnic High School, Mann served as director of education and workforce programs for Conexus Indiana, leading school improvement efforts for an advanced manufacturing and logistics curriculum implemented in high schools statewide. Mann also worked to improve communication between economic development groups and industry partners.

Mann received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and her Master of Science in Education from IUPUI with a focus on special education.


Joshua Bowling has joined the Purdue Polytechnic High School team as its community outreach coordinator. He is working directly with Indianapolis Public Schools, community centers, and faith-based groups to make personal connections and to promote the school.

“Purdue has the weight and prestige to help high school students become career-ready and to see the workforce as a real option after graduation,” Bowling said. “Joining the team became especially attractive when I learned a Purdue high school was going to open in my neighborhood.”

Bowling’s current focus is on student recruitment and working with Purdue Polytechnic High School’s middle school partners. “In early February, all of the speculation about our future students will be replaced with real names, faces and families. I’m so excited to meet our first class,” Bowling said.

Bowling spent the last five years in a community outreach role for the John Boner Neighborhood Centers at the Legacy Center on the campus of Arsenal Tech High School. He also served as a neighborhood development specialist at the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center. Bowling received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from IUPUI.


Representatives from Purdue Polytechnic High School will be at Indianapolis Public Schools' third annual Showcase of Schools. Come see us between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, November 19, at the Indiana State Museum, 650 West Washington St. in Indianapolis.

IPS wants the Showcase of Schools experience to come at no cost to families, so parking will be available in the attached underground parking garage on Washington Street by the Indiana State Museum. IPS is also providing rides to the event.


The online application for the school’s first students, those who will be ninth graders in fall 2017, is now available. The school will have space for 150 students in the first year, and a new freshman class will be added each year working toward a total enrollment of 600 in grades 9-12.

Students who live within IPS boundaries will have first preference for spaces.

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This is Issue #3 of Purdue Polytechnic High School's newsletter. As we prepare to create a truly one-of-a-kind high school and to welcome our first 150 ninth grade students, we look forward to sharing our milestones with you during the journey.

The News page on our website always covers Purdue Polytechnic High School's most up-to-date happenings.

Please contact us with your comments, questions, or interests. Thank you!

Purdue Polytechnic High School Indianapolis • November 2016

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