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New Palestine High School senior Madelyn Potter has been named a recipient of the 2023 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship by the Hancock County Community Foundation. For almost thirty years, the Lilly Endowment and HCCF have supported students dedicated to pursuing higher education in Hancock County.
Mr. James Voelz, Principal
Dear New Palestine High School Families,
It is both an honor and a privilege to serve as the principal of New Palestine High School. This year marks my 30th in education and my 22nd year as an administrator in the school district of Southern Hancock. After serving nineteen years at New Palestine Junior High, I transitioned to the high school three years ago. Throughout my career I have enjoyed many opportunities, first as a teacher and then as an administrator, to realize my life-long passion: assisting in the development of youth. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in this role and honored to be part of a caring, compassionate, and hard-working school family.
Southern Hancock is proud to be an A-Rated district by the Indiana Department of Education.
The district’s ILEARN scores are in the top 7% in the state of Indiana, #1 in Hancock County, and #1 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference.
Students in the New Palestine High School Early College Program have earned 71 Associate Degrees, 7,200 college credit hours, and have saved over $2M compared to traditional college costs.
Unique curricular opportunities in business, marketing, nutrition, engineering, education, and trades to help guide students to career paths they have an interest in.
New Palestine Junior High is the home of the 2022 VEX Robotics State Champions
New Palestine High School’s Jim Voelz and New Palestine Junior High’s Keith Fessler are both recipients of the Indiana Association of School Principals’ Principal of the Year Award
Twenty engaging and challenging Advanced Placement and Dual Credit curricular offerings.
A graduation rate near 96%, in the top 20% of schools in Indiana and #1 in Hancock County
In the top five corporations in Indiana for starting teacher salary and in the top 5% of all Indiana districts in average teacher salary
New Palestine High School offers 26 athletic teams and is the home of 10 team and eight individual IHSAA champions, plus seven IHSAA Mental Attitude Awards.