The school is named for 1880's Vandalia Railroad Executive Benjamin Davis. He was instrumental in getting a stop on the railroad for a small community that would come to bear his name. The community members were so appreciative of Mr. Davis' efforts that they named the stop after him. The community around the stop became known as "Ben Davis".
The first Ben Davis High School was built in 1892. That school was replaced in the early 1900's by a bigger building at the corner of what is now Morris Street and High School Road. During the Depression, a larger school was built just up the road as part of the WPA. Ben Davis High School remained in that location until the current building was established in 1965. The old Ben Davis High School is currently undergoing renovation and serves as Ben Davis University High School.
The school is part of the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township.
The Ben Davis Marching Giants haved enjoyed national success and recognition, traveling across the country on invitation to march in various parades and festivals, including the King Kamehameha parade in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, and the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. They are currently under the direction of Jim Butz, Shawn McNabb, John Papandria, and Gary Rudolph. The band has also won numerous Indiana state titles and has also competed on the national level, finishing second in the National Marching Band Competition in 1982.
Ben Davis has a successful choral program that is under the direction of Hersel Cremeans, Denise Hendrix, and Marcia Leis. Ben Davis has 3 competitive choirs. Purple-Aires is an advanced concert choir, winning grand champion at each competition they attended in the 07/08 competition season. Premiers is the top mixed show choir which consistently places in the top five at area competitions. Sounds, formerly known as Soundsations, is the top women's show choir which is moving up the ranks to be one of the best female show choirs in the midwest. Both show choirs are choreographed by Jarod Voss and sing concert literature throughout the year as well.
The school also has a well known speech, debate, journalism, and communications program. Ben Davis is home to WBDG, a 400-Watt FM radio station operated by students. WBDG went on the air in 1966 and continues to broadcast today 24 hours, 7 days per week. BDHS is also home to the award winning Keyhole yearbook and the Giant Visions literary magazine. Its award-winning bi-weekly newspaper, the Spotlight is a member of the High School National Ad Network. In 2003, the school re-launched BDTV, a video production house, within the Area 31 Career Center where students produce a weekly school newscast and a variety of other video productions for the township.
Ben Davis is home to a career center serving nine schools (Avon High School, Brownsburg High School, Cascade High School, Danville Community High School, Decatur Central High School, Monrovia High School, Mooresville Consolidated High School, Speedway High School, Tri-West High School) containing programs from hair design to aviation flight to radio and television broadcasting to web design to culinary arts and everything in between.
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|Germany||Nicolaus-Cusanus-Gymnasium Bergisch Gladbach||2004||First visit from Germany: October 14, 2004 to November 11, 2004. First stay in Germany: June 9, 2005 to July 2, 2005.|