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The school's mascot, the Quaker, is a tribute to Plainfield's Quaker founders. Many of the churches in the Plainfield area are Quaker churches, including the oldest Quaker church in Plainfield, the Friendswood Church. The schools system recently opened the new $103 million high school, completing the system wide school shuffle. The school was the last school in the state of Indiana to have been built without a public vote in the township.
In 2005 Scott Olinger became the principal of Plainfield High. In 2008 he became the superintendent of Plainfield Community School Corporation, causing him to leave his position at Plainfield High.
In March 2008, PHS hosted then-democratic candidate for president Barack Obama as he spoke during his run for presidency.
Plainfield High School's marching band is an 18 time Indiana Marching Band State Finalist. They won their first marching band state championship in 2017. Plainfield High School's percussion program is also successful advancing to WGI Finals on several occasions. Plainfield High School also has two show choirs, Belles et Beaux which is the mixed show choir and Femmes Fatales which is the women's show choir.
Plainfield is a part of the Mid State Conference. They compete under the name "Quakers" (or Lady Quakers) and the school colors are scarlet and royal blue. The following IHSAA sports are offered at Plainfield (Unless marked there are separate boys and girls teams):