Elmhurst High School alumni say goodbye at farewell tours

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The halls of Elmhurst High School have been vacant for more than 7 years, but this weekend they came alive for one last time.

The high school sat empty since 2010 after closing because of budget concerns. Earlier this year, Hanson Aggregates bought the property and later announced it plans to tear down the building.

Before that happens though, alumni had the opportunity Friday and Saturday to tour the school for a final time.

The idea for the tour and meet and greet event originated from an Elmhurst High School alumni Facebook group of around 5,500 members. A group of alumni and people from the Waynedale community then came together and made it happen.

The group reached an agreement with Hanson Aggregates to let people back inside the building one more time.

Organizers said it was a way for former students and staff to say goodbye, and also reminisce with fellow alumni.

Ron and Tammy Crockett met at Elmhurst and wanted to relive that moment one last time. They joined First News Saturday to share their special memories.

Friday’s event hosted former staff and people who graduated before 1970 and their families. Alumni who graduated in 1970 and after were allowed inside the building Saturday.

The event also collected donations for various Waynedale community initiatives.

Guided tours lasted 25 minutes and passed main features of the building including classrooms, courtyards, the auditorium, cafeteria, library, and main gym.

It was the last time alumni will ever step foot in the building before it is torn down.

It’s not clear when the demolition process will begin.