R. Nelson Snider High School
|R. Nelson Snider High School|
4600 Fairlawn Pass, Fort Wayne, Indiana|
United States of America
"Nihil Sine Magno Labore"|
(Latin meaning "Nothing Without Great Work")
|School district||Fort Wayne Community Schools|
|Campus size||10 acres (40,000 m2)|
|Website||Snider High School|
The first high school built by Fort Wayne Community Schools in forty years, R. Nelson Snider High School opened in the fall of 1964 with three hundred twenty-five sophomores, twenty faculty members, and four administrators. It was named for a local educator.
In April 1966, the students and staff moved into the present facility after having shared Lane Middle School. This building has been renovated three times since then, the latest having been completed in 1995 when a Weight Room was added on. In 2013, another renovation project began.
There is an area of 10 acres (40,000 m2) of building on a 40 acres (160,000 m2) complex housing more than two thousand students in grades nine through twelve. Part of the complex includes five tennis courts, a freshman and junior varsity football game field, a softball field, a soccer field, and an all-weather track. There are sixty-nine classrooms, a main gym, an auxiliary gym, a wrestling room, a wellness center, tiered lecture room, three darkrooms, a foreign language cafe, a complete television studio, an auditorium, science laboratories, a cafeteria seating over five hundred, a five hundred-car parking lot, a suite of guidance and athletic offices, a main office, a student services office, an attendance office, and a media center which encompasses approximately 16,000 books and periodicals, 1800 non-print media items, and a 32-station networked computer lab in addition to several stand-alone computer work stations with access to electronic data bases. Some that are gone are the Metals / Welding Class room, the Electronics / Power Mechanics class room & Wood working class room.
In December 1995, the staff voted to restructure the educational day to the 4x4 block format. The 4x4 scheduling format at R. Nelson Snider High School has students taking just four classes every day. There is more time for instruction and learning, with less time used for getting to and from classes and for classroom management. This productive use of school time translates into potential for additional labs, field trips, interdisciplinary activities and intense focus on subject matter. This, however, changed during the 2010-2011 school year and students now have a seven period school day.
All athletic teams compete in the Summit Athletic Conference.
Team State Champions
- Boys' Baseball:
- Class 4A - 2008/09, 2005/06
- Girls' Basketball:
- Boys' Football:
- Class 5A - 1992/93, 2015/2016
- Boys' Track and Field:
- Girls' Volleyball:
- 1991/92, 1987/88
Speech and debate
Snider's speech club is a chapter of the National Forensic League, the Indiana High School Forensic Association and actively participates in its events.
Music and fine arts
Snider has a strong fine arts program with a state finalist marching band, two concert bands, two orchestras, three jazz bands, pit orchestra, pep band, and Brass ensemble. The school also boast award-winning choirs (3 concert choirs, 5 vocal jazz choirs, and 2 madrigal choirs). The color guard and winter guard recently earned a silver medal in IHSCGA Class A competition in 2009.
- Henry "Hanq" Willis Neal, Grammy Nominated Gospel artist, pianist, violinist and organist
- Vaughn Dunbar, former professional football player, NFL New Orleans Saints
- Tiffany Gooden, former professional basketball player, Colorado Xplosion
- Sharon Wichman, swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, 1968 Summer Olympics
- Matt Vogel, swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, 1976 Summer Olympics
- Rod Woodson, former professional football player, Pro Football Hall of Famer
- Andy Replogle, Former professional baseball player (Milwaukee Brewers)
- John Henry, professional bowler PBA
- Zuzanna Szadkowski, actress