Alumni will yet again get a chance to say goodbye to Elmhurst High School. An alumnus is making sure of it.
Daniel Westrick, a 1995 graduate, is working with the shuttered school's new owner to let alumni visit the building before it's demolished.
Hanson Aggregates Midwest bought the Sandpoint Road property and a parcel of adjacent farmland from Fort Wayne Community Schools for $600,000 last week. The company has decided to raze the building because repurposing it didn't make financial sense.
Elmhurst was built as a 10-room county school in 1929 and became part of FWCS in the mid-20th century. It has been vacant since it closed at the end of the 2009-10 academic year because of consolidation and building-site conditions.
The school district held an open house when it closed Elmhurst, but Westrick said it is only right to give alumni an opportunity for a final farewell. He compiled a list of alumni for that reason, he said.
Given the hundreds of responses he has received via email and social media, the former Elmhurst students seem eager to visit their alma mater.
“I think it will be a very well-attended event,” he said Monday.
Details will be released later, he said. Those wanting to help or provide memorabilia for the walk-through may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hanson has said it plans to install a memorial in honor of Elmhurst near the intersection of Ardmore Avenue and Sandpoint Road. Items that can be salvaged from the former school – if any exist – might be incorporated.