“This is my home, my roots, my place to be, and I love everything about Beech Grove City Schools!”
– Rita Bass, Director of Elementary Education
“Beech Grove is engulfed by Indianapolis, but we have our own identity, and we’re proud of that. Beech Grove still has that ‘homey’ value, where you can go sit on your neighbor’s porch to talk. If something happened to you, either they rallied behind you to support you or they were there to celebrate you, and those faces never changed.”
– Katie Gearlds, Purdue Women’s Basketball Head Coach and Beech Grove alumna
“While in 3rd grade at Central, Mrs. Pieper, my art teacher found out that I was up for adoption. Lou Ann and Rand went through a very long adoption process and at the age of 9, I was able to officially call them my mom and dad. Throughout the years, my mother’s passion for teaching rubbed off on me and I knew that I wanted to become a teacher just like her. After graduating from college with an elementary license, I applied at South Grove where she was currently teaching. My mom and I worked side-by-side for 8 years before she retired. I feel like Beech Grove is where my life began and continues to grow.”
– Alisha Wood, Central Elementary Teacher
“To say I have Beech Grove blood running through my veins is an understatement! I come from a long line of Beech Grove graduates. My grandmother, Sarah Lucille VanSickle Starks class of 1938. My grandfather, Orion Lee Starks class of 1939, my dad Gary Lee Starks class of 1962, my mom Pamela Kay Smith class of 1964, and my Uncle Steve Smith class of 1969.
Fast forward to 1991, when I returned to the hive and was hired as an Instructional Aide by Mr. Jim Flanders. Since 1991, I have worked at South Grove Intermediate.
I am proud to say my son, Rylan, who was part of the 2022 State Championship basketball team and the 2022 Sectional Championship baseball team, will graduate from Beech Grove in 2023! I am very proud to be a Beech Grove Hornet!
– Dee Dee Horen, Instructional Coach, South Grove Intermediate School