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In the Beginning

The Jefferson County Board of Education (JCBE) began plans in 1955 to build a new high school to relieve overcrowding at Fern Creek High School. In September 1957, Goldsmith Junior High School opened with an enrollment of approximately 900 seventh, eighth, and ninth graders.

At the end of the 1957 school year, students chose a new school name (Seneca), colors (red and gold), and team name (Redskins). With cartoonist Al Capp's consent, Lonesome Polecat, of Capp's comic strip Li'l Abner, became the school's exclusive mascot. In the school year of 1958-59, Seneca had an enrollment of 1,455 students in grades seven through ten.

By 1961-62, Seneca's Beta Club had become the largest chapter in the nation with more than 200 members. The school's enrollment had increased to about 3,400 by 1968, including seventh and eighth grades. A second gymnasium, the Kenneth Farmer Athletic Building, was added in the late 1960s. It was named for the school's first principal.

Basketball provided the excitement for two years as Seneca's basketball team achieved back-to-back state championships in 1963 and 1964. The team was led by Wes Unseld, who retired as the Bullets' head coach. Those teams continue to be viewed as the best of all time in Kentucky high school basketball. The team was led by NBA, Naismith, U of L, and Kentucky Hall of Famer Wes Unseld. He was also honored as an ESPN All time “TOP 50” player. Wes last served as coach and general manager for the Baltimore Bullets (Now the Washington Wizards) before his retirement in 1995.

Wes Unseld has always been known for his sportsmanship, humility, and tremendous playing ability. Many of his records still stand.Wes’s autograph was recently inscribed on the gym floor to honor him as an all time great.

In 1965, Seneca's football team, led by former Assistant Principal Jack Jacobs, won the state football championship. Ron Cain, for whom the stadium has recently been named after, coached the team.  There have been many great Seneca football teams through the years.

The theater building, located in the courtyard, was originally built to accommodate the large television classes of the 1960s and 1970s. The main room of the building has since been named Stickler Theater, in honor of the school's longtime drama teacher, C. Eugene Stickler. Even today, Seneca continues to have great performances in Stickler Theater!

Seneca was one of the first high schools in the area to have the Advance Program. We continue this program today and have consistently been one of the top three schools in the district to have the highest pass percentage on the Advance Program exams.

Changing Looks, Enduring Pride

In the spring of 1993, the Louisville and Jefferson County Human Relations Commission requested all schools in JCPS to discontinue the use of Native American names and mascots. This request was reinforced by the NAACP, National Education Association, Department of Education, and the Office of Civil Rights in 1994. Kentuckiana's Native American Association responded that they felt "no offense" to the use of Seneca's mascot, but asked that any caricatures used be done so responsibly. Seneca changed their name and mascot to the RedHawks in the 1994-95 school year as a sign of respect, pride, and loyalty. No matter whether they are a Redskin or a RedHawk, Seneca alumni prouly exclaim "Seneca Forever".

Halls of Fame

Such graduates as Diane Sawyer, Judge Ellen Ewing, Mayor Jerry Abramson, and Wes Unseld have brought fame to the school and its varied programs. It is, and has long been, a culturally diverse school. You can check out the Hall of Fame in the main hall outside the cafeteria.

Seneca Marine Corps JROTC

Seneca High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC was founded in 1967 and is the oldest and longest continuously operating Marine Corps Junior ROTC unit in the nation. Seneca JROTC is a four-year program designed to instill the Marine Corps values of honor, courage and commitment in our cadets.  The objective of Seneca JROTC is to develop scholars prepared to be good citizens, who have personal responsibility, a sense of belonging and accomplishment, and a desire to serve their community and their country. 

Seneca Forever

Seneca Forever….
Seneca Past and Present” is our high school alumni association. We love our alumni at Seneca. They are involved in the school in a number of ways such as mentoring, theater, music, the Sentinel, and in many other ways.  Stay in touch with your high school and classmates through membership in the SP & P. Tell your friends and family members about us! Contact SP & P President Frank Binford at febinford@yahoo.com. You may also contact Principal Morales for information or alumni news.

Please visit www.Senecaforever.org and our Facebook page to join us or to stay in touch too!