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. The 2023-24 school year marks my 31st year in education and my 23rd as an administrator in the school district of Southern Hancock. 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 Southern Hancock and feel blessed to be part of a caring, 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
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.