Indian Hill Community Overview
Indian Hill began as a farming community that was appealing to Cincinnatians in 1904. People began to purchase farmhouses as their “rural weekend destinations”. Indian Hill is technically a city because the village topped 5,000 people. However, it’s often referred to as a village today. With 5,900 people populating the city, it has been a “quiet residential community” that has “remained constant” through the years. The “village encompasses 20 square miles.”
Indian Hill lives true to its name as Indian tribes-including the Shawnee- first explored it. The Indians came to this location to fish and hunt in its “wooded slopes”. Interestingly enough, some of the main streets in Indian Hill follow the original Indian trails from when the tribes populated the land. Indian Hill has a rich history and Major Benjamin Stites, a Revolutionary War veteran once owned a million acres, but sold 10,000 acres for $0.66 per acre and within that 10,000 acres was Indian Hill. Indian Hill is known for it’s “green thumb” and it’s open, green spaces that make it so beautiful and appealing to people today. “One hundred percent of Indian Hill is zoned as single-family residential or agricultural.” Indian Hill has so many historical figures that made the Village what it is today. Many famous people have resided in Indian Hill, including Marge Schott, Marvin Lewis, Carl Lindner, Carson Palmer, Robert Taft and the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong.
Indian Hill is located in Hamilton County, approximately 15 miles northeast of the city of Cincinnati. The village is less than five minutes from Kenwood Towne Center and minutes away from Loveland trails and the Loveland Castle. Depending on where you are in the village, you have quick access to I-71 and I-275.
Indian Hill Schools
The Indian Hill Exempted Village School District is the public school district in the village. It consists of one primary, one elementary, one middle school and one high school. There are also private schools within Indian Hill.
According to schooldigger.com, Indian Hill High School “ranked higher than 98.6% of high schools in Ohio.” School Digger “ranks Indian Hill High School 11th out of 762 public high schools” in the state of Ohio. In 2013, “the average math score on standardized testing was 99.5 and the average reading score was 98.8.” The student-teacher ratio is 13.7 to 1. According to the school’s report card, 68.3% of all teachers have an advanced degree in their area of expertise.
Indian Hill Middle School has approximately 500 students. The school ranked better than 98.1% of middle schools in the state of Ohio, according to school digger. In 2013, the average math score was94.8 and the average reading score was 98.6. The student-teacher ratio at the middle school is 12.5 to 1. According to their report card, Indian Hill Exempted School District spends over $14,000 per pupil, which is approximately $5000 more per student than the state typically spends on individual students.
Indian Hill Elementary School has 400 students enrolled. According to School Digger, in 2013, the school ranked better than 96.6% of elementary schools in Ohio. The average math score in 2013, was 96.4 and the average reading score was 97.5. The student-teacher ratio in 2013, was 13.7 to 1, according to School Digger. The school has earned an A on their report card for their performance in testing, and over 50% of the students in this school are considered gifted.
In 2012, enrollment for the primary school was 372 students. This school serves students in grades K-2. The school offers a variety of opportunities for students to be involved in athletics. In addition to sports offerings, the school provides a hot lunch program and digital access to your child’s academic achievements through ProgressBook, an on-line learning management system which allows parents to stay current on their child’s progress throughout the school year.
Indian Hill houses one private school. Cincinnati Country Day (CCD). CCD serves students from age 18 months-18 years of age. The 62-acre campus serves students in one location and the school offers Montessori education as well as a middle school interdisciplinary education. According to the school’s website, 100% of the students who graduate from CCD attend college. The school offers a 9:1 student teacher ratio with the average class size being 15 students. The school was founded in 1926, but currently has 850 students enrolled. The student body is a diverse population in which students attend from over 60 zip codes as well as internationally. CCD offers a plethora of athletic opportunities as well as academic opportunities for students in all grade levels. CCD was the first school in the nation to have a 1:1 program, where every student has a device, utilizing technology to advance students in their 21st century education. Tuition ranges from $6150 for lower grades to $23,600 for high school students. The school does offer tuition assistance.
Parks and Recreation
“The Village of Indian Hill has several parks and recreational areas available for residents to enjoy. There are tennis courts, baseball and softball diamonds, soccer and lacrosse fields and a basketball court for athletic participation. Walk paths, nature trails, bridle trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, and restroom facilities are maintained for outdoor fun and relaxation.” The Indian Hill Recreation Commission began in 1974. It serves to offer residents in the Village of Indian Hill an opportunity to play several community sports including baseball, lacrosse, basketball, soccer, track & cross country, volleyball and cheerleading. In addition, residents can join the Shawnee Fun Run each year on the 4h of July.
The Indian Hill Shooting Club is located between Milford and Dennison, and allows those who enjoy shooting to have the practice and fun in a safe environment. The “Shooting Club features two skeet fields, a trap field and a 5-stand sporting clays layout.”
The Grand Valley Preserve was founded in 2002, and was formally a gravel excavation site. The preserve is located in Camp Dennison, is 379 acres in size and is dedicated to preserving wildlife and natural beauty. One can walk on the trails that have been created, fish or canoe in the huge lake, or use binoculars for bird watching the many species of fowl located on the preserve, including many types of water fowl and even bald eagles.
Indian Hill maintains over 150 miles of bridle trails in the village. For a fee, residents and non-residents can utilize the beautiful trails throughout the year.
Things that make Indian Hill unique
The Indian Hill Historical Society is committed to preserving the Village of Indian Hill. Approximately 500 families and businesses are part of this society and work toward educating others about Indian Hill and its vast array of offerings. The group has authored four books and been given accolades from “researchers all over the country.” What was once a group with an effort to preserve The Little Red Schoolhouse, has turned out to be one of Indian Hill’s greatest assets.
The Little Red Schoolhouse was built in 1873, as a simple one-room schoolhouse with 52 students in all grades combined. This building, placed on the National Register of Historic Places, remained a school until 1940. Now, however, the schoolhouse is a facility used for many different occasions such as weddings, retreats and business meetings. The schoolhouse can be rented out for whatever you need and it accommodates plenty of people inside and outside of the building. The schoolhouse has a modern kitchen and ample parking for whatever event you’d enjoy having.
Another unique historical site in the Village of Indian Hill is the Elliott House. This home was built in 1800 and is the oldest remaining home in the Village of Indian Hill. This home has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1976, and has been preserved well throughout history. Located off the beaten path, it’s worth the drive just to see this home. You may pass children playing soccer on the land nearby, since the land has been used as a camp for children for over 50 years. The home is still owned by an Indian Hill family, and has been completely restored.
There are so many historical subjects related to the Village of Indian Hill. If you’d like to learn about the Camargo Hunt or the Carrier Pigeon a World War II Saga, simply visit the Village’s historical site. The Shawnee Service Station assisted a young high school graduate in getting through the Great Depression and the Village now preserves the story.
The Rowe Arboretum is one of Indian Hills’ havens of rest. Founded in 1926, by Stanley M. Rowe and his wife Dorothy, this nine-acre landscape of beauty is one of Indian Hills’ favorite places for residents to walk and enjoy. The founders began the arboretum by planting approximately 2,000 seedlings, and it has now grown to have more than 5,000 trees for the residents to enjoy. There are paths for people to walk with or without pets and the arboretum offers a place for people to simply enjoy nature. There is no admission to enter the Rowe Arboretum, but donations to help maintain it are welcome.
The Welcomers Club was founded in 1952 as the Welcome Wagon, and consists of a friendly group of people who will assist you in getting acclimated to the Village once you move there. The Welcomers offer a once-a-month meeting at a local restaurant and work hard to make sure that every resident in Indian Hill feels at home. They facilitate extra curriculars such as Book Clubs, Movie Goers, Tennis, Bridge, Bunco, Golf and more.