Shelbyville is a city in Addison Township, located in Shelby County, Indiana. The population was 19,191 at the 2010 census.
Shelby County is home to Shelby Eastern Schools, Shelbyville Central Schools, Northwestern Consolidated Schools, and Southwestern Consolidated School Corporation. Shelby Eastern Schools is made up of two sister schools, Morristown and Waldron. Both of these schools reside in the towns they are named after, and both consist of an elementary and a high school. They share similar building patterns and have roughly the same number of students. Morristown's mascot is "The Yellow Jackets," and Waldron's is "The Mohawks."
Shelbyville Central Schools consists of Shelbyville High School, Shelbyville Middle School, Coulston Elementary, Loper Elementary, Hendricks Elementary and Blue River Career Programs, a vocational school. The high school and middle school's nickname is Golden Bears. Coulston is the Comets, Hendricks is the Hurricanes and Loper is the Bulldogs.
St. Joseph Elementary School is a private school, associated with St. Joseph Catholic Church, in Shelbyville.
Southwestern Consolidated School Corporation consists of Southwestern Elementary and Southwestern Junior/Senior High Schools. These schools are located in the southwestern portion of the county, near Marietta, Mount Auburn and Smithland. Southwestern's nickname is the Spartans.
Northwestern Consolidated Schools consists of Triton Elementary, Triton Middle School and Triton Central New Tech High School, all in Fairland, in the northwestern part of the county. The athletic teams are nicknamed the Tigers. In 2009, the high school began its change toward a New Tech High, which is a project-based learning system.
Shelbyville was named in honor of Isaac Shelby, Kentucky governor and Indian fighter. Shelbyville was incorporated January 21, 1850, by a special act of the Legislature, according to county histories. The city charter received at that time was destroyed in the City Hall fire on January 1, 1928.
The 1901 coming-of-age historical fiction novel "The Bears of Blue River" by Indianapolis's Charles Major is set in pioneer-day Shelby County and according to Major's descriptions in the text occurred near the now-aptly named Bear Chase Golf Club. A railroad was built connecting Shelbyville to Indianapolis in the late 1830s, the first railroad in the state, that later expanded to connect to Madison and Jeffersonville. Allegheny Airlines Flight 853 crashed on Sept. 9, 1969 near Fairland, IN. Nearly half of the 82 passengers killed were never identified and were buried in a mass grave in Shelbyville.
Shelbyville Notable People
Sandy Allen, the world's tallest woman
William Garrett, Indiana Mr. Basketball of 1947 and first African-American basketball player in the Big Ten Conference
Thomas Hendricks, the 21st Vice President of the United States, under Grover Cleveland
Rev. Richard "Shrimpy" Ramsey - member of the VOR International Advisory Board, Professional Makeup Artist
Charles Major, author
Edna Parker, the oldest living person from August 13, 2007 until her death on November 26, 2008
Mike Phipps NFL Quarterback for the Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears 1970-81 and member of the College Football Hall of Fame
James Pierce, son-in-law of Edgar Rice Burroughs and one of the first actors to play Tarzan on film
Wilbur Shaw, three-time Indianapolis 500 winner
James Buchanan Barnes, the former Winter Soldier and current Captain America.
Rebecca Brown (Christian author), born on May 21, 1948.
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