Troy Inman, Making College Readiness Relevant Through Career Readiness

The Path to Higher Ed is a SchooLinks hosted podcast community that explores trending topics and issues in the area of college and career readiness. Our featured guests are pushing education forward by constantly learning from, innovating and applying their college and career readiness practices. Listen to gain their insights and apply them to your own college and career readiness practices.

Today, we’re speaking with Troy Inman, High School Principal at Pike High School in Indianapolis. With programs ranging from engineering and medical science academies to culinary arts and cosmetology programs, Troy makes sure that his students get connected with mentors who are invested in all students’ success — however that looks for each individual student. More importantly, he embodies the assumption within the Pike community that ALL of its students will have access to a post-secondary education after graduation. Listen in as Troy connects college readiness to career readiness in a powerful way.

About Troy Inman

Troy Inman has been in education for 27 years, including the past nine as Principal at Pike High School in Indianapolis. Troy began his career in education as a counselor for entering high school students at ENMU in 1991. He was a teacher and athletic director at House (N.M.) High School from 1993–95, then moved to Pike Township as a middle school teacher at New Augusta North Academy in 1995–96. From 1996–2000, he was a physical education teacher at Pike, then became the Dean of Students at Pike from 2000–04. He served as a Pike assistant principal from 2004–07, then was principal at New Augusta North Academy in 2007–08 before becoming principal at Pike in the fall of 2008.

As principal at Pike, he has seen the school’s graduation rate improve from 76% to 94%. Students taking Advanced Placement courses and exams have more than doubled from 482 exams to over 1000 exams during his tenure. Last year’s graduates had over 60% earning three or more college credits. Over the past 5 years, Pike has been recognized as a national top high school by the Washington Post and Newsweek.

Troy has also been recognized with the Marion County Principal of the Year Award in 2010 and the Pike Township Above and Beyond Award in 2011. He was president of the Marion County Principals Association in 2011 and named the IBCA administrator of the year in 2015. He has presented at numerous conferences involving high school graduation and college readiness ( IB, AP, and Dual Credit).

About Pike High School

Pike High School students benefit from a comprehensive array of academic offerings designed to meet the needs of students at every level of the learning spectrum. Pike’s prestigious International Baccalaureate Program, Advanced Placement courses, and Dual Credit opportunities allow academically ambitious students to realize their full potential.

The unique academy structure also provides engaging, relevant lessons in personalized learning environments organized around broad areas of student interest. In addition, individual attention, progress monitoring, and a plethora of academic supports ensure that every student is provided with the tools necessary to graduate, and a strong educational foundation upon which to build.

Likewise, with 19 IHSAA sanctioned sports, an unparalleled performing arts department, and over 63 established in-school organizations, students have the opportunity to explore a variety of interests, develop leadership abilities, and build a strong, well-rounded college resume.

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