Elmhurst High School tours to be offered for alumni in early November

Elmhurst High School graduates and their immediate families will have a chance to walk the school halls one more time, as well as to mingle in the main gym, during tours being offered in early November.

The tours of the building, 3829 Sand Point Road, will take place:

* 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 10 for alumni who graduated in 1969 and earlier, their immediate families and former school staff members.

* 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 11 for alumni who graduated in 1970 or later and their immediate families.

The 25-minute, guided walking tours of the main floor of the building, the oldest portion of which opened in 1929, will include passing the music rooms, courtyards, stage and auditorium, lecture room, staff areas, cafeteria, library, main gym and more, an event news release said.

Tour organizers are asking for a suggested donation of $5 per person. Proceeds will be divided between the Waynedale Sidewalks and Trails Initiative and the Waynedale Corridor Project.

After their tour, visitors can gather in the main gym for a “meet and greet” with other alumni, the news release said. There will be light refreshments and seating so people can sit and reminisce about their Elmhurst years.

People also can buy Elmhurst mementos as a fundraiser for Waynedale community causes, the news release said.

Organizers expect a lot of people to attend, so they suggest arriving early and being prepared to wait in line for their tour, the news release said. Look for directional signs and parking instructions at the school.

People also should be aware the building has been vacant for seven years, so some deterioration has occurred, the news release said. FWCS officials previously have said mold has developed in parts of the building.

People will be required to sign a liability waiver before entering the building, the news release said. They also will be prohibited from bringing food, drinks or pets into the building, the news release said. Local law enforcement agencies will provide event security.

Fort Wayne Community Schools closed Elmhurst in June 2010 because of major budget cuts and the condition of the building, FWCS officials said. The school district sold the school building, parking lot and farm field west of the parking lot in August to Hanson Aggregates Midwest, which operates a quarry just behind the school.

After closing on the purchase, Hanson announced it plans to demolish the school building but would allow alumni one final walk through the school.

FWCS still retains ownership of the Elmhurst athletic fields north of the school.