Award Year: 2020

Speedway Senior High School

5357 West 25th Street
Speedway, IN, 46224-3998

(317) 244-7238

Mr. Lucas W. Zartman, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

School Town Of Speedway

School Website


Speedway High School prepares students for college, careers, and to be positive contributors to their community by inspiring them to pursue excellence academically, culturally, emotionally, and socially.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 24%
  • White: 48%
  • Hispanic: 17%
  • Asian: 6%
  • Two or more races: 5%
Senior Government Class

Senior Government Class

A culturally and socioeconomically diverse educational community that boasts more than 20 unique home languages among our student body, and one of just a small number of public Title I high schools to be named a National Blue Ribbon School in the category of Exemplary High Performing Schools, we at Speedway High School are extremely proud of our students' academic achievements. Our dramatic improvement efforts are driven by a philosophical approach, mirrored in our practices, that takes a hard stance against the soft bigotry and harmful effects of low expectations for students; especially those of color and those experiencing poverty.

We have reimagined and customized traditional programming such as Professional Learning Communities (PLC), Response to Intervention (RTI), and Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) strategies to better serve and support the various needs of our students. Through our Student Success Teams and our Multi-Layered Support Systems, we strive to create an educational environment of high expectations that consistently increases the rigor within our curriculum, while simultaneously increasing the support necessary to ensure that students successfully achieve our ever-increasing expectations.

Our belief in our students' ability to continuously rise to greater academic heights is embodied in our award-winning Advanced Placement (AP) program; one of the highest achieving in the nation as evidenced by our inclusion in the Jay Mathews Challenge Index's 2020 Top 300 Schools nationwide as well as being honored by College Board as an AP District Honor Roll recipient for three years running. In addition, we rank in the top 4 percent of all high schools in the nation by the US News in their 2020 Best U.S. High Schools report. These accolades are possible because of the hard work and perseverance of our students, the support of their families and the Speedway community, and because of the dedication of our faculty and staff who work tirelessly to ensure that a student's economic status or ethnicity does not determine his or her academic destiny.