Students, alumni celebrate Arsenal Tech’s winning season

Arsenal Tech pep rally (WISH Photo/ Nick Nebesny)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – For the first time in 34 years, an Indianapolis Public Schools high school won a Boys Basketball State Championship game.  Saturday’s match up was about much more than just bragging rights.

Arsenal Tech fans say Saturday was an exciting game, but it was more about bringing attention to an inner city school that is excelling.

“It feels so good to have everybody on our side. It’s like the whole Indianapolis is out here with us, people that don’t even go to Tech,” said Arsenal Tech Junior Mercedes Morris.

Arsenal Technical High School is the first Indianapolis Public School in a Boys Basketball State Championship since Broad Ripple High School made it to the finals in 1980.

“This is history. We haven’t done this in eons,” said Arsenal Tech teacher Sheila Prichard.

“I think it’s great. I’m just thankful and proud to be able to witness this,” Tech alum Lee WIlliams said.

Alumnae from all years and decades celebrated with pep rallies and parties Saturday. They mixed, mingled and swapped stories until it was time to head to Banker’s Life Fieldhouse for the big game. They were there to support their boys who are leading by example.

“No one expects any good thing to come out of Tech, no one in this city. So, this is so awesome.  I’m so proud of all the young men,” said Prichard.

Not only does Tech have Mr. Basketball contender Trey Lyles, who is one of best players in the state averaging 24 points and 12.9 rebounds, but the team averages a 3.3 GPA.  They put education first.

“I’m hoping people really begin to believe in public schools, because public schools rock,” said Doris Barringer.

“A lot of people say things about IPS. But this is happening to us.  It’s just fantastic and we want to build. We want people to bring their kids to IPS.  These are good schools,” said Tech alum Jeff Klinck.

Arsenal Tech students stood together as a team for their basketball team- to let the city, the suburbs and even the state know that their school is seeing results.

“One thing you’ll always hear whenever a basketball player speaks of Tech, they speak of a team and a community.  It’s never one person,” said Barringer.

Saturday’s championship game is a platform to share that message across the state. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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