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Jake Thurman, Dean of Student Affairs

Jake-Thurman-Dean-of-StudentsJake Thurman, Dean of Student Affairs

Mr. Thurman is the Dean of Student Affairs and a history teacher at University High School. He joined our faculty in 2012.


B.S. in Social Studies Education, Indiana University
M.A. in History, Indiana University

Past Experience

Social Studies Teacher and Department Chair, Noblesville Middle School

2023-24 Courses

Advanced Social Student: Film History
AP World History: Modern
US World History

What do you like about working at University High School?

The way I explain teaching at University High School to my former colleagues at other schools is probably the simplest way I can describe the wonderful experience of being at University. I have them remember back to when they were eighteen years old and deciding to major in education. I then tell them that University is as close to that idealized picture as you are going to find. Teachers are given the freedom to share their love of their subject (and learning, generally) with students in meaningful ways. The students are engaged and invested in their learning. The community is overwhelmingly supportive and welcoming. Simply put, being a part of University High School makes you feel like you are contributing to something very special, and that is a wonderful feeling to take home every day.

Personal Information

Outside of school, I like to travel, read, watch movies, and learn new things. I also have a debilitating addiction to watching baseball and soccer. Most of all, I enjoy spending time with my wife/best friend, Allison, and our three bulldogs.

Contact Jake

Telephone: (317) 733-4475, ext. 185
Email: jthurman@universityhighschool.org