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Office of the Principal

Message from the High School Principal


Dear Parents, Students, and Community Members,

On behalf of our staff, it is my honor to welcome you to our high school. Independence High School offers a comprehensive educational program for students in grades 9 through 12. Our mission is to prepare our students for whatever the next step of the educational journey may be. We also strive to help our students become leaders and involved members of society as they go forward.

I.H.S. is renown for its strong and varied course offerings. Our Advanced Placement courses give students an opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses in high school. We offer 10 different A.P. courses. I.H.S. has been recognized for its academic excellence by The Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek, and The Daily Beast over the past several years. In addition to our academic offerings, we are very proud of our excellent art, music, and choir programs. Our athletic programs and clubs give students a chance to compete, be engaged, and make friendships that will last a lifetime.

Students, make the most of your time here at I.H.S., as high school is truly a “once in a lifetime” opportunity. These years will fly by, so please get involved, and give everything that you do your best effort. I have worked for over two decades in our school district, and and I am always impressed by the character exhibited by our students, as well as the support of our families. I am very proud and honored to serve as your high school principal.

We are very happy to have you as a part of our I.H.S. family! Wear your blue and gold proudly, and GO BLUE DEVILS!

Most Sincerely,

William P. McGuinness
Phone: (216) 642-5860, ext. 1200
Email: [email protected]
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