Louise Brannon, the first Directress of the school, launched her long career in teaching when she opened and operated The Indianapolis Reading Clinic during the 1960’s. She continued her teaching experience at the Parrish Country Day School, with Martha Thurston, teaching both reading and math.
From this inspired endeavor, she joined with a group of devoted parents who would go on to form a board of directors, and move forward with the notion that there could be a different kind of school here in Indianapolis. This group, which included Dr. John Galloway, Dr. Bob Archer, and Dr. Manuel Debono, put Louise Brannon in place as the Directress. David Gillman acted as their attorney, and became Secretary of the Corporation. Jacque LeRoy rented them a property on West 39th. Street, off Knollton Road, where The Children’s House opened, incorporated as a not-for-profit school, in 1971. This was all made possible by the focused devotion of this group, and the help of a Lilly Endowment Grant.
Forty-four years later, this school still thrives on the Northwest side of Indianapolis, in a building the school bought with its second matching Lilly Endowment Grant, made possible by the generous donations from hundreds of its alumni.