The creation of Mooresville High School in 1861 by the Society of Friends paved the way for outstanding education in Mooresville. MHS, one of the first high schools in the state of Indiana, was a boarding academy with students renting rooms from area residents. The Friends Academy building, which sits on the Newby Memorial Elementary School campus, has been restored and is listed on the National Historic Register. Later the building was deeded to the community and became Indiana's only privately funded school building that was open to public education. The building now serves as a local history museum as well as the offices of the Community Foundation of Morgan County. Also on the Newby campus is the original Mooresville High School Gynmasium Building or the "Newby Dome." The gymnasium was built in the early 1920s with help from Mooresville residents who each contributed $100 to help build the facility. Mooresville's school and community ties continue to this day with strong partnerships to benefit community youth during the school day and beyond.
In the 1950s, the district expanded to include all of Mooresville as well as Brown, Madison and Harrison Townships. The Mooresville Consolidated School Corporation was born.
Mooresville Schools currently include five elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. Newby, Northwood, Neil A. Armstrong, North Madison and Waverly Elementary Schools include grades K-6. Paul Hadley Middle School, named after the Mooresville native who designed the Indiana State Flag, houses grades 7-8 while Mooresville High School includes grades 9-12. The district also includes developmental preschool, which is currently housed at Waverly Elementary.
More than 4,500 students attend the seven Mooresville Schools. Every school building has been updated to include some of the latest technology, including filtered wireless Internet through the schools; one-to-one computer programs in elementary, middle and high school; and teacher laptops along with laptop projection screens for every classroom. All schools also utilize varying technologies for different programs, such as iPads for Title One programs, a sensory room for secondary students with special needs, and integrating online learning with face-to-face lessons at the middle and high school level.
We believe it is a tremendous privilege it is to serve our students and greater Mooresville School community. We have the awesome opportunity to positively impact the lives of our students, who will become our future leaders. It is exciting to see the fresh and eager faces of the hundreds of kindergarten students who visit our schools for Kindergarten Round Up each spring. It is fun to witness these young future students joy and energy as they are so excited to explore, get to school and learn! The many exciting innovations and lessons they will learn in their school careers are beyond what we know today, but we are excited to learn with them and grow together. At Mooresville Schools, our best is yet to come!