Robert E. Wise was graduated from Connersville High School in 1932. His career in the film industry spans more than 60 years, beginning as an assistant editor.
- He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Editor for his work on Citizen Kane, 1941.
- He directed the science fiction classic, The Day the Earth Stood Still, 1951.
- He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for I Want to Live!, 1958.
- He won the Academy Award for Best Director (shared with Jerome Robbins) and Best Picture for West Side Story, 1961.
- He won Best Director and Best Picture again in 1965 with The Sound of Music.
- He directed The Sand Pebbles, 1966, nominated for Best Picture.
- He received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1967.
- He served as president of both the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
- He received the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award in 1998.
- His final film, A Storm in Summer, was nominated for three Emmy Awards.
Wise attended the 1990 ceremony in which the CHS auditorium was rededicated as the Robert E. Wise Center for the Performing Arts.