- Gibson Southern High School
name =Gibson Southern
locale =Sub-Rural / Suburban
South Gibson School Corporation
superintendent = Dr. Stacy Humbaugh
head =Dr. James Isaacs
head_name2 = Athletic Director
head2 = Jon Adams
city =Fort Branch
Class 3A in all sports
mascot =Titans / Lady Titans
rivals = Princeton
Pocket Athletic Conference
colors =color box|maroon color box|gold color box|white
fightsong = "Gibson Southern, Gibson Southern"
song = Minnesota Rouser
newspaper ="The Southerner"
schedule = 8:15 - 3:15 CT
website = [http://www.sgibson.k12.in.us/gshs_new/gshs_index.htm Gibson Southern High School]
Gibson Southern High Schoolis a 9-12 public learning institution 2.5 miles west of Fort Branch, Indiana. It has an enrolment of around 720 students in grades 9-12 from across much of Gibson County, Indianaas well as a few students from northern Posey and Vanderburgh Counties in Southwestern Indiana.
Completed in 1974 to replace Fort Branch Marlette,
Haubstadt Johnson, and Owensville Montgomery High Schools as Part of a state-wide consolidation of hundreds of small 100- enrolment schools into more concentrated but larger schools.
As for sports, the Lady Titans have made the majority of the recent advances to the IHSAA State Finals. The Lady Titans Basketball Team achieved a State Runner-up Title in 2002 after losing to Fort Wayne Bishop Luers at
Conseco Fieldhouse. The Lady Titans Softball Team achieved a state runner-up in 2001, losing badly to Indianapolis Bishop Roncalli High School and State Titles in 2003 and 2005. The Titans on the other hand, have made only made regional titles and one baseball semi-state title in 1994 and one basketball semi-state appearance.
Gibson Southern is currently in the Pocket Athletic Conference (PAC) along with Pike Central, North Posey, Heritage Hills, Southridge, South Spencer, Tecumseh and Forest Park High Schools, (although Tecumseh will no play football in the conference, likely to join the
Southwest Seven Football Conference). Starting out in the Pocket Athletic Conference, Gibson Southern with 7 SIAC Members Princeton Community, Boonville, Tell City, Vincennes Lincoln, Washington, and Jasper formed the Big 8 Conference. At that time Gibson Southern was considerably bigger than any of the other PAC schools.
Renovation of Gibson Southern
Starting in the February 2008 the 33-year old GSHS is expected to undergo a major overhaul to accommodate the growing population of the South Gibson Area. It will expand the school by about 40%. 's Corporate offices are also expected to be in the new section. This overhaul is expected to be completed by the end of the summer vacation (2nd week of August) of 2010. [ [http://www.sgibson.k12.in.us/SGSC/sgsc_super.htm sgsc_super ] ] [ [http://www.sgibson.k12.in.us/SGSC/board_agendas/Schematic%20Design%20Report%2002-06-07.pdf South Gibson School Corporation ] ]
The Marching Titans are the marching band for
Gibson Southern High Schoolin Fort Branch, Indiana. The Gibson Southern Marching Titans' consistent storybook-like appearances at the ISSMA state finals really began almost 15 years ago in 1994. At that time Gibson Southern didn't even have a band since it was disbanded in 1985. Dwight Emmert, a Gibson Southern alumnus, was hired to start up the band mainly for the football team that had no halftime entertainment due to the absence of a marching band.
Things started to look up only a few months later, when they placed 9th in their first ever state finals appearance and the first for Gibson County since Princeton placed 10th in a non-class state finals in 1991. When Gibson Southern eventually worked their way to first place in 2001, they brought home the first state band title for a Gibson County band in 25 years, when Princeton won it in 1976. [ [http://www.indianafieldbands.com/The%20Bands/Princeton_Page_3.htm Princeton Page 2 ] ] Since then, they have won 2 more state titles and have been to the state finals every year for the last 10 years and even earned recognition in 2004 by Representative Troy Woodruff by mentioning the Marching Titans in Indiana House Resolution 010. [ [http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2005/HRESP/HR0010.html Passed House Resolution 0010 ] ]
Every year, the Marching Titans participate in the parades of the three largest towns festivals; The Haubstadt Somerfest in June, The Owensville Watermelon Festival in August, and the Fort Branch Fall Days in September.
Noted GSHS Alumni
* Eric Campbell (2004) - AA professional baseball player
* Stacy May (1996) - ABC 25
* Casey Whitten (1989) - Former AAA pitcher for Cleveland Indians and Junior Olympic participant
* [http://www.sgibson.k12.in.us/gshs_new/gshs_index.htm Gibson Southern Homepage]
* [http://www.publicschoolreview.com/school_ov/school_id/28798 Public School Review - Gibson Southern HS]
* [http://indiana.schooltree.org/public/Gibson-Southern-High-030682.html Indiana School Tree.org - Gibson Southern HS]
* [http://mustang.doe.state.in.us/SEARCH/s3.cfm?county=26 List of Schools in Gibson County - Indiana Department of Education]
* [http://mustang.doe.state.in.us/SEARCH/snapshot.cfm?schl=2211 Gibson Southern's Indiana Department of Education Profile]
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