Tech High School Yearbooks Now on Indy Library Website!

September 13, 2012

Explore the people and the illustrious history of Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis by viewing its yearbooks dating back to 1914 which are now available in The Indianapolis Public Library's online digital collection.

The Arsenal CannonVisitors to the site can find class photos and information about clubs, faculty, athletic teams and other school-related activities in these complete editions that have been digitized for high-resolution viewing. Images can be downloaded, and advanced searching options make it easy to find information.

Tech High School, located at 1500 E. Michigan Street, is celebrating its centennial this year. Attracted by the student-ready buildings, location and park-like grounds, the Indianapolis Public Schools began using the former U.S. Army federal arsenal as a new high school when Manual Training High School and Shortridge High School experienced overcrowding. Many of the original buildings on the Tech campus remain, and others have been built over the years to accommodate the school's needs. In 1976, the school was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Famous Tech alumni include Howard H. Aiken, computer pioneer; Howard Garns, creator of Sudoku; Bill Peet, Disney artist and writer; Freddie Hubbard, jazz trumpeter; Robert Clark Indiana, artist; and Andre Carson; U.S. Representative.

In addition to the Tech yearbook collection, the Library's digital offerings include yearbooks from Shortridge High School, photos and memorabilia from the Indianapolis Firefighters Museum, recordings from Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley, correspondence of social activist May Wright Sewall, historic Indianapolis postcards, Irvington oral histories, programs from the English Opera House, artifacts from The Children's Museum, and patriotic posters from World War One.

The Tech yearbook collection is made possible in part by the IUPUI University Library, with funding provided by The Library Fund, a fund of The Indianapolis Foundation.

The Indianapolis Public Library and IUPUI have received the 2012 Collaboration Award from the Indiana Library Federation for their efforts in developing such digital collections that are important to the city’s history.