Superintendent of Perry Township Schools
Academic enrichment is Perry Township School’s top priority. Yet we still place a high value on the benefits of athletics, which play an important role in developing well-rounded students.
According to researchers, participation in sports and other extracurricular activities can enhance students’ self-esteem, leadership, communication and decision-making skills. Because we regularly look for ways to improve the athletics and extracurricular experience of our students, we are excited to announce a few important milestones in our athletics program.
Perry Meridian High School was accepted into the Mid-State Conference on Feb. 1 and is expected to be fully integrated into the league by the 2018-19 school year. Since the 1996-97 school year, Perry Meridian has belonged to Conference Indiana, along with township rival Southport High.
The change will allow the community to unite and cheer for both teams since the Cardinals and Falcons will no longer be rivals in Conference Indiana. Our teams can now meet without anxiety about conference rankings. For the most part, bragging rights will be the only thing at stake.
The new alignment places Perry Meridian in a conference with Decatur Central, Franklin, Greenwood, Martinsville, Mooresville, Plainfield and Whiteland, all of which are similar in the athletics and academic programs they offer.
The change comes at the perfect time for Perry Meridian as it will play its first football game at the brand-new Falcon Stadium on Aug. 18. The facility was funded though the generosity of Ray Skillman.
This grand opening has been 44 years in the making since Perry Meridian has always shared a stadium with Southport. I’m excited to say the community is invited to join us in celebrating the grand opening of the new stadium and the dedication of the historic Cardinal Stadium, which is scheduled for Aug. 25. Both events are still in the planning stages, but I look forward to sharing more details with our community in the near future.
Thrilling things are happening for Perry Township’s athletics program. We hope you’ll join us in cheering on all of our athletes.