In 1955, the Indiana General Assembly passed legislation permitting a township to create a non-partisan system of school government. Because of this legislation, the Metropolitan District of Washington Township came into being on August 1, 1955. This legislative change from a trustee-based system to an elected school board was the first action in a long history of stakeholder-driven support of public education and setting a higher standard for educational excellence in Washington Township.

In the years that have followed, that stakeholder-driven support has come to mean millions of private dollars invested to advance the achievements of world-class public education. It is our primary mission to build on the legacy of those visionaries in 1955 and enrich the lives of our students with the best public education experience in the state. We do that, primarily, through our Annual Fund, which affords us the opportunity to award hundreds-of-thousands of dollars annually to our teachers, classrooms and schools. This giving society represents the most dedicated of those Annual Fund supporters.

We invite you to become a member of the Advancement Center’s most important giving society. It’s simple. All unrestricted gifts of at least $1,000 per year to the Annual Fund qualify you for membership, which includes:

  • Invitations to a donor appreciation reception, North Central Hall of Fame Reception and other special events
  • Website and Annual Report recognition
  • Discount opportunities for Advancement Center events and with corporate sponsors
  • An 8×8 brick in the North Central High School Brick Plaza when you join
  • Gift Certificate to the North Central Spirit Shop
  • 1955 Society Notepad
  • A Washington Township Performing Arts pass

The easiest way for us to make the greatest impact — to fulfill the mission that was created in 1955 — is to continue investing in our Annual Fund. Please be a part of that legacy by joining the 1955 Society today. Contact Shawn Collinsworth, CEO of the Advancement Center, for more information.

2018/2019 – 1955 Society Members

Gaurav & Rebecca Arora
Tag & Marta Birge
Justin & Claire Bolles
Eleanor Bookwalter
Dan & Val Boots
Charlie W. Brown
Robert & Jasmin Burch
Karole Butz
Dave & Marta Carter
Shawn & Ellen Collinsworth
Ken Crook
Tony & Jennifer Dzwonar
William T. Farkas

Perry & Michelle Griffith
Matt & Emily Kaiser
Larry & Beth Lammers
Louis & Leigh Lazaron
Sandy & Kathy Levine
Jeff & Stacy Lozer
Michael & Margy McCormick
Mac & Sarah McNaught
Tom & Allison Oestreich
Chad & Jennifer Patsel
Bill & Heather Pitcock
Eddie & Amy Judge-Prein
Ralph & Hope Power

Art & Bonnie Rettig
Lance & Ellen Rettig
Tom & Marsha Reynolds
John & Susie Ross
Dick & Jamie Schulte
Stephanie Schultz
Jeff & Cassandra Short
Georgia Strickland
Jerimi & Kristin Ullom
Steve & Ginat Wintermeyer Mirowski
Deb Wolfe
Dr. Nikki Woodson
Daryle & Suzanne Zybert