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By any measure, the Athletic Program of Carmel High School reflects the twin traits of excellence and diversity.
The start of Greyhound Athletics can be found in 1904 when Carmel played Atlanta in the first basketball game played in Hamilton County. Carmel won 4 to 2 and was led by future Principal and Superintendent Oliver Earl Hinshaw. The basketball program later went to the Sweet 16 in 1926, but would have to wait until 1966 for the next sectional championship.
A football program was started in the 1930's, but only lasted four years. The program was restarted in 1951 and has enjoyed much success ever since. Former Principal Dale Graham started the cross country and baseball programs around 1960. Wrestling and golf would later be added due to the assistance of former coach Don Huffer. Huffer led the Greyhounds to their first state championship in 1970 (boys' golf).
Overall, of the 19 varsity IHSAA sports offered at Carmel High School, ALL of them have captured either a state championship or state runner-up title, or both. In addition, our Greyhound Varsity Cheerleaders have won the Indiana Cheerleading Association state championship three times (2000, 2005, 2006).
Carmel High School is charter member of the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference including Ben Davis, Center Grove, Lawrence North, North Central, Terre Haute North, Terre Haute South and Warren Central. Conference champions are recognized in 19 sports and an all sports winner is determined each year for both boys and girls sports. In the first ten years of conference membership, Carmel High School has won the all-sports crown for boys’ AND girls’ each year.
The Carmel Athletics Department was recognized in the May 16, 2005 Sports Illustrated feature article on America's Top 25 High School Athletic Programs. Carmel was ranked #10 nationally and #1 in the state of Indiana. The rankings were based on overall success in the last decade including state championships and student-athletes earning college scholarships. Carmel High School was honored in the Redbook article "America’s Best Schools" for "successful programs in a variety of sports for both boys and girls, commitment to academic excellence for their student-athletes, and for a record of winning games at the district and state level." Additionally, the Athletic Program has been featured in the Indianapolis Business Journal article "Persistence Pays Off" and numerous other magazines and journals for outstanding achievement.
The leadership of the Carmel High School Athletics Department has been in the hands of six individuals since 1956. Dale Graham, who later became principal of CHS served as the first athletics director from 1956-1961. Bill Shepherd, who led the Greyhound basketball team to the 1970 state championship game, guided the athletic department from 1961-1992. Lee Lonzo succeeded Shepherd and was the athletics director from 1992-1997. Current IHSAA Assistant Commissioner and CHS grad Bobby Cox became the fourth AD serving from 1997-2000. Current Carmel Assistant Athletics Director Bruce Wolf took over as the interim AD for the 2000-2001 school year while a search was conducted for a successor to Bobby Cox. On July 1, 2001, CHS graduate Jim Inskeep became the sixth athletics director of Carmel High School. Inskeep leads an athletic department serving 68 teams, 134 coaches, and over 1400 student-athletes.
Directions to Carmel High School
From the North: 31 south to Keystone Parkway split - bear to the left. Continue south on Keystone to Main Street exit. Turn west and go 2 blocks to the school which will be on the right side of the street.
From the South: Take 465 north side of Indianapolis and exit at Keystone Parkway. Turn north. Continue to Main Street. Turn left (west) to the school which will be on the right side of the street.
From the East: 465 west to Keystone Parkway exit. Turn right (north). Continue to Main Street. Turn left (west) to the school which will be on the right side of the street.
From the West: 465 east to Keystone Parkway exit. Turn left (north) on Keystone. Continue north to Main Street. Turn left (west) to the school which will be on the right side of the street.
Sport Venues and Addresses
Carmel Stadium (Football and Track and Field)
-- located north of the high school on the north side of 136th Street (Smoky Row).
Murray Stadium (Soccer)
-- located behind Carmel High School
Natatorium (Swimming and Diving)
-- located behind Carmel High School (enter at door 21).
Fieldhouse (basketball, wrestling, gymnastics, volleyball)
-- located behind Carmel High School (enter door 17)
Eric Clark Activity Center - Freshman & Varsity Gymnasiums (wrestling, basketball, volleyball)
-- located at Carmel High School (enter doors 17 or 21)
Todd Witsken Tennis Center
-- located adjacent to Carmel Stadium on the north side of 136th Street (Smoky Row).
-- located behind Carmel High School.
Hartman Field (5201 East Main Street)
-- Hartman Field is located on Main Street behind the Carmel Educational Services Center. If you are approaching Carmel from Interstate 465, exit at Keystone Avenue (State Road 431). Travel north on Keystone Avenue to Main Street and turn right (east). Continue on Main Street through the stop light at Gray Road to the Educational Services Center building. Hartman Field is located behind the Education Services Center building.
O'Malia Field (5459 East Main Street)
-- O'Malia Field is located on Main Street behind the Carmel Dad's Club office at Mark Badger Memorial Park. If you are approaching Carmel from Interstate 465, exit at Keystone Avenue (State Road 431). Travel north on Keystone Avenue to Main Street and turn right (east). Continue on Main Street through the stop light at Gray Road to the Carmel Dad's Club office at Badger Park (This is located just past the fire station). O'Malia Field is in the back of Badger Park.
Softball - Cherry Tree Softball Complex (located behind Cherry Tree Elementary School (13989 Hazeldell Parkway)
-- From Main Street travel east to Hazeldell Parkway. Go North on Hazeldell for one mile to Cherry Tree Elmentary School.
River Road Soccer Complex (northeast corner of 126th Street and River Road)
-- Go east on 126th Street from Keystone Avenue. Follow 126th Street through the light at Grey Road and straight through the roundabout at Hazel Dell Parkway. The complex is located on the north side of the street at the intersection of 126th Street and River Road.
Shelbourne Soccer Complex (corner of 126th Street and Shelbourne Road)
-- If you are approaching Carmel from Interstate 465, exit at Meridian Street (State Road 31). Travel north on Meridian Street to 116th Street and turn left (west). Follow 116th Street to Shelbourne Road and turn right (north). The soccer complex is located at the intersection of Shelbourne and 126th Street at Creekside Middle School.
Carmel athletic teams can be seen and heard through the media outlets located at the school. WHJE-Radio (91.3 FM) and CHTV (Channel 99) provide extensive coverage of Carmel student-athletes as an educational experience for student announcers.