TIMELINE of HISTORY

1985
The Washington Township Schools Foundation (WTSF) is founded as a forward-thinking body to help fund the future efforts of the school district not sustained by public money.

1986
WTSF gives $5,940 in its first round of grants. The International Baccalaureate program is implemented at North Central High School.

1987
WTSF gives $8,744 in grants. Thank-a-Teacher is created to honor teachers and staff members. NCHS freshman class of 2000 enters kindergarten.

1988
WTSF gives nearly $20,000 in grants. French and Spanish instruction is expanded to 7th grades. Inaugural tennis fundraising event is held.

1989
WTSF gives nearly $16,000 in grants. Parents as First Teachers program is created at John Strange Elementary School.

1990
WTSF gives $14,500 in grants. Limited Choice program is implemented. Dr. Eugene White is named principal of North Central High School.

1991
North Central Alumni Hall of Fame is launched and North Central is named “Best High School in Indiana” by Redbook Magazine.
WTSF awards $15,500 in grants.

1992
WTSF awards $21,000 in grants.  Fox Hill Elementary School opens.

1993
WTSF awards $22,500 in grants.  The first Faculty and Staff Night Live fundraiser is held.

1994
WTSF awards $21,500 in grants. HOOPS 3-on-3 basketball tournament kicks off. Dr. Eugene White is named Superintendent of Washington Township schools.

1995
WTSF awards $27,485 in grants. First-ever five year District strategic plan is adopted. CE Quandt is named principal of North Central High School.

1996
WTSF awards $38,000 in grants. A $500,000 Challenge Grant is offered by The Lilly Endowment. Renovation completion and rededication of North Central and JEL is celebrated. Foundation Plaza is dedicated. Ginny Hacker is named full-time Executive Director of WTSF.

1997
WTSF awards $29,000 in grants. The Endowment Campaign kicks off with a $500,000 goal. Promise of Education scholarship raffle and Tee Up FORE Kids golf benefit begin. Astronaut David Wolf (NC ’74) visits his alma mater.

1998
WTSF awards $31,630 in grants. The Endowment Campaign raises $687,000 to create a $1.5 million endowment. First Celebration Dinner is held for retiring faculty and staff.  First Washington Township website is launched.

1999
WTSF awards $60,000 in grants. The Committee for District Improvement is organized. Policy on Character and Values is adopted by the Board of Education.

2000
WTSF awards $85,600 in grants. The NCHS college counselor position is created. Bart Peterson (NC ’76) is sworn in as mayor of the City of Indianapolis. Administrative offices relocate to the Community & Education Center.

2001
WTSF awards $127,800 in grants. Dr. White is named Superintendent of the Year. Lilly Endowment awards the District a $3.9 million literacy grant.

2002
WTSF awards $146,623 in grants and celebrates 15 school-years of awarding grants. Wyandotte School reopens as an early childhood center.

2003
WTSF awards $140,210 in grants and $54,000 in designated gifts and other programs. Jeff Smulyan (NC ’65) commits $100,000 (the largest one-time pledge) to the convergence of North Central and JEL’s radio/television and journalism departments. Newsweek ranks North Central in the top 2% of high schools in America. The Education Referendum passes by an overwhelming 84%.

2004
WTSF reaches the “Million Dollar Milestone” of grant giving in the District, including a cumulative $119,000 for Professional Development.  A $10,000 grant is made to the AVID program (Advancement Vis Individual Determination) which helps average students succeed in rigorous middle and high school courses. Mitch Daniels (NC ’67) is elected Governor of the State of Indiana.

2005
The Foundation awards a record $241,752 in grants and designated gifts to students and faculty. Superintendent Dr. Eugene White bids farewell to Washington Township and North Central graduate (’60) and former faculty member, Dr. R. Stephen Tegarden, becomes the Interim Superintendent.

2006
WTSF awards a record $269,693 in grants and designated gifts.  Dr. James D. Mervilde is named Superintendent of Washington Township schools.  Pat Cracraft retires and the Foundation welcomes Jennifer Sanner as development and administrative assistant.

2007
WTSF awards $257,807 in grants and designated gifts. The District celebrates the 50th anniversary of Washington Township schools.

2008
WTSF awards more than $250,000 in grants and designated gifts. MSDWT approves a comprehensive strategic plan that includes closing Harcourt and Wyandotte schools. Joe Erne retires after 40+ years.  North Central again named in the top 2% of American high schools by Newsweek Magazine. Maribeth Smith named MSDWT Teacher of the Year and runner-up Indiana Teacher of the Year.

2009
The Foundation awarded nearly $250,000 in grants and designated gifts. MSDWT launched a K-12 International Baccalaureate professional development initiative to be the first district in Indiana to train all faculty in inquiry-based methodology. WTSF pledged $250,000 over the next five yeas toward that goal. North Central was named in the top 2% of American high schools by Newsweek Magazine for the 7th year in a row.

2010
The Foundation awarded more than $250,000 in grants and designated gifts. Once again, North Central was listed in the top 2% of American high schools by Newsweek Magazine. The K-12 International Baccalaureate Initiative progressed in training 400 teachers on volunteer time in inquiry-based methodology. Washington Township voters
proved their support of public education by passing the Referendum with a 72% majority.

2011
All elementary schools became International Baccalaureate (IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) Candidate Schools. Superintendent Dr. James Mervilde retired with a legacy of a District commitment to IB. Dr Nikki V. Woodson was named the new superintendent. The Foundation awarded a record amount of $320,189 in grants program support and designated gifts to the students and teachers in Washington Township classrooms.

2012
The 50th anniversary sculpture was dedicated. All elementary schools became International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) Candidate Schools. WTSF launched a $1,000,000 fundraising campaign to support full implementation of IB. Big changes occurred within the State for school hours and faculty evaluation. Nearly $303,000 was awarded by WTSF in grants, program support, and designated gifts to the students and teachers in WT classrooms.

2015
The Foundation and North Central Alumni Association merge to become The Advancement Center. Over $450,000 was awarded in grants, program support and designated funds, the largest sum in the 30-year history of the organization.