Indian Springs School
|Indian Springs School|
|Colors||red and white|
|Location||190 Woodward Drive|
Indian Springs Village
Indian Springs School is an 8th-12th grade boarding and day school at 190 Woodward Drive, at the base of Oak Mountain in Indian Springs Village, Shelby County. As of 2007 the school has 289 students. The school's director is Gareth Vaughan.
Woodward wanted to make the school available to both Alabama's elite and rural poor (though he stipulated that only white male gentiles should be admitted). These restrictions have all been challenged and abolished.
He also instructed that the school should champion a holistic approach to learning (the school's motto is "Discere Vivendo'," or "Learning Through Living"). During its first years, students tended to the 350-acre working farm on the property when not in class. Though the farmwork was soon eliminated from the curriculum, the concept of integrated learning remains central to the school's mission.
Indian Springs opened with ten staff members and 60 students. The first director of the school was Louis E. Armstrong. He made several changes to Woodward's original plans for the school, most notably Woodward's request that the school not be prepatory. History teacher Mac Fleming, still teaching in 2007, was part of the original faculty. In 1963 basketball, volleyball and track coach Ray Woodard introduced the sport of soccer to Alabama with his first team, which had to travel out-of-state to find opponents.
By the 1970s, the school had grown to include equal numbers of day students and boarders. An 8th grade was added, and the school became coeducational in 1975.
Indian Springs School was the first boarding school in the U. S. to be recognized by the Malone Family Foundation, which provided a $2-million grant to underwrite tuition and other expenses for gifted students whose families could not otherwise afford an independent school.
In 2005, Indian Springs School had 274 students from 12 states and 7 countries, 76% of whom were day students and 24% of whom were boarders. There were 136 girls and 138 boys.
In 2012 the school's board of governors approved a major overhaul of the campus, to be designed by Lake/Flato of San Antonio, Texas in association with Birmingham's ArchitectureWorks. The first phase of work involved constructing new art studios and classrooms, a dining hall and library.
- 1952-1972: Louis Armstrong
- 1972-1986: Joseph Jackson
- 1986-1987: Mac Fleming (interim)
- 1987-2002: Douglas Jennings
- 2002-2007: Mel MacKay
- 2007-2008: Lee Pierson (interim)
- 2008- : Gareth Vaughan
 Notable alumni
- Daniel Alarcon, author
- John Badham (1957), motion picture director
- Jim Burke (1969), president of Jim Burke Automotive
- Mark Gitenstein (1964) U. S. Ambassador to Romania
- Mike Goodrich (1963), CEO of BE&K
- John Green (1995), author
- Alan Heldman (1980), cardiologist
- Rob Henrikson (1965), CEO of MetLife, Inc.
- Donald Hess (1966), former CEO of Parisian
- George A. LeMaistre, Alabama Civil Rights activist
- Michael McCullers (1989), screenwriter and director
- Tennant McWilliams (1961), Dean of UAB School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Sally Nemeth (1977), playwright and novelist
- David Oh (1987), NASA flight director
- Charles Plosser (1966), economist, president of Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
- Gray Plosser (1963), architect, president of KPS Group
- Stephen Rolfe Powell (1970), glass artist
- Benjamin Russell (1957), CEO of Russell Lands
- Glennon Threatt (1974), defense attorney
- James H. White III, founder of Porter, White and Company
- Stuart Whitehurst (1979), rare book and manuscript appraiser
- Russell Williams (1973), Adobe Photoshop developer
- Jones, Pam (Summer 2005) "Where There's a Will: The Story of Indian Springs School". Alabama Heritage Magazine, Number 77, pp. 26-33. - accessed July 25, 2006
- Taylor, Kelli Hewett (March 17, 2007) "Indian Springs school director, MacKay, resigns." The Birmingham News
- Kennedy, Veronica (August 5, 2012) "Indian Springs School to get campus renovation." The Birmingham News