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INDIANAPOLIS — Purdue University is celebrating its second Polytechnic high school location.

The university had a ribbon-cutting Monday (7/29) at the school in the Broad Ripple neighborhood in Indianapolis. Workers finished up renovations over the summer.

The school will open this upcoming Monday (8/5) for freshmen and sophomores. Principal Keeanna Warren says there are about 70 students in the enrollment pipeline. 

“The neighborhood has been really excited. We’ve had a lot of community members asking how they can help, how they can volunteer, how they can support,” Warren told Inside Indiana Business. “They are just ready to be amazing partners and excited to be able to send their kids. We have so many students who are now able to walk to school and just be really proud and say, ‘My neighborhood has a high-quality school that’s connected to one of the best universities in the country.’”

The new campus is on Broad Ripple Avenue where the Central Indiana Community Foundation used to be.

“Couple blocks down the street, there’s a high school that’s been here for decades and decades. We will never replace the legacy of Broad Ripple High School. What we can do is bring a new generation of education to the Broad Ripple community and the Indianapolis community as a whole,” said Scott Bess, Head of Purdue Polytechnic High Schools. 

Purdue polytechnic’s downtown location serves about 400 students.  Purdue Polytechnic High School is a free Public Charter School that fully integrates STEM and Design Thinking.