A Week of Firsts
It was a week of firsts! On July 31, 2017, we welcomed 159 ninth-grade students for our first day of school.
Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue University, and Gary Bertoline, dean of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, were our special guests. Both gave the students and staff inspiring remarks on our ambitious goals of preparing Purdue Polytechnic High School (PPHS) students for Purdue University, a successful career and a lifetime of learning.
“We have the highest hopes for you, but I am already very impressed," shared President Daniels. "You are here, you chose to be here, and you asked to here. When you came to this school, you decided you absolutely wanted to be as great as you can be. And everyone here will be committed to helping you do that.”
With the room filled with numerous students and staff wearing their Purdue Polytechnic “I’M A TECHIE” t-shirts, Dean Bertoline took the stage, put on his own “I’M A TECHIE” t-shirt, and said, “I am the original ‘techie.’” He shared with the students that going to a high school affiliated with Purdue University is a unique opportunity. “You’re going to have exposure to the University campus and to the faculty and staff on a regular basis,” he said. “Graduate in 2021 from this great high school, and go on and do great things at Purdue or anywhere else.”
We also announced a significant award of $2.5 million from XQ Institute, a funding partner working to reinvent high schools through XQ: The Super School Project, a nationwide campaign. The XQ team brought their school bus to Indianapolis to help make our back-to-school night a success. Our students, families and staff enjoyed an awesome block party with food trucks, a DJ, and photo both and had a record 98% attendance rate.