Herron High School Receives Major Gift Commitment from Local Couple

Congratulations to Impact 100’s 2008 grant award recipient, Herron High School, who has received a major gift commitment from Steve and Livia Russell (a former Impact 100 member) toward its $5.3 million capital campaign.

In honor of their generosity, the high school’s Museum building will be renamed Steve and Livia Russell Hall.

The school’s “Rebuilding the Past for the Future” capital campaign is in support of renovation and restoration plans for the school, located at 110 East 16th Street. The buildings that house the school were once the John Herron Art Institute and the Indianapolis Museum of Art for over 100 years. Steve Russell is a former board chairman for the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Herron High School received an Impact 100 grant of $104,000 in 2008. The grant purchased art equipment and portable staging and sound equipment for students in choir, theater, and orchestra classes. Herron High School is a tuition-free mayor’s charter school with a classical liberal arts curriculum.

Herron High School has an enrollment of nearly 700 students. School officials say approximately 95 percent of Herron High School students graduate and a high percentage have been accepted into colleges since the school’s founding. In addition to their current board positions at Impact 100, co-founder Donna Oklak and past president Karen Kennelly also serve on Herron High School’s board of directors.

Herron High School will be the site of Impact 100’s next Follow the Impact event on November 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.. Please join us to find out what impact our grant has had on Herron High School. It’s also a great opportunity for you, your family, and friends to find out more about Impact 100!