The Journal Gazette
Sunday, March 05, 2017 10:02 pm

Central High a rich part of city's history

Ashley Sloboda | The Journal Gazette

Since it was built in the early 1900s, the school at 1200 S. Barr St. has assumed multiple identities, including the Fort Wayne Regional Vocational High School, Anthis Career Center and, as it is now known, the FWCS Career Academy at Anthis.

But before the structure took on those names, it spent five decades as Central High School – an aspect of its history that visitors to the Allen County Public Library can explore.

Located on the downtown library’s second floor, the "Central Was The First" exhibit is presented by the African/African American Historical Society & Museum and features glass cases filled with yearbook pages, newspaper clippings and quotes from alumni, among other items.

Exhibit creator Bryant Rozier, whose father attended the school, said the memorabilia was collected for last year’s Central High School All-Year Blowout, which was canceled.

"We have a lot more that we wanted to display," he said.

John Aden, the museum’s executive director, wrote in an email that it is important to remember Central High School because it was the city’s first major modern high school.

"By looking back through Central’s history, a powerful and rich narrative of urban history emerges," he wrote.

"Beyond this," he continued, "because Ft. Wayne didn’t create an overtly segregated educational system in the 20th century at the high school level, like what is found elsewhere across Northeast Indiana, like in Gary, for instance, we learn about the abiding friendships that spanned the color line inside Central."

That’s not to say everyone got along. The exhibit includes a brief biography of Edna Rowland Williams, one of the few African-American students in 1925. She walked with her graduating class under protest of a white student, who refused to walk alongside her.

Noting Central’s aging alumni, Aden wrote that this era of history is fading away, and the exhibit honors their contributions.

The exhibit is scheduled to be on display through the end of March.


Homestead High School will host its annual College and Career Fair from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today. A $200 scholarship will be awarded to a junior or senior in attendance. The event is free and open to the public.


• Easter Seals Arc of Northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne Community Schools and Ivy Tech Community College Northeast are partnering through a state grant to provide pre-employment transitional services to qualifying Wayne High School students with disabilities this spring.

• Irwin Elementary School student Adam Moravec achieved national honor roll status in the Noetic Learning Math Contest. He scored 80 percent, placing him in the top 10 percent of the more than 4,500 fourth-graders who took the test nationwide.

• Students from Blackhawk and Jefferson middle schools won awards at the regional Future City Competition. Tyler Kaiser, Emily McCoy and Jacob Wunderlich of Blackhawk placed sixth; Ashly Bishop, Taylor Bolton, Madeleine Dowdell and Matt Foster of Jefferson placed third; and Claire McCoy, Hunter Perkins and Max Springer of Blackhawk placed second.

• North Side High School teacher Alan Woehnker was named the Fort Wayne Museum of Art Scholastic Art Teacher of the Year.

Paint the Plow

The Indiana Department of Transportation will accept applications for the 2017 Paint the Plow campaign through March 15. It is open to high schools and career-technical schools. Visit for applications or contact Nichole Thomas at 260-969-8219 or


• Trine University’s 14th annual Scholarship Gala raised $780,732 – a record high – for student scholarships. It was held Feb. 11.

• The 17th annual Big Man on Campus, sponsored by Trine’s Theta Phi Alpha chapter, raised more than $11,000 for the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer through a week of activities culminating in a pageant on Feb. 10. The total was more than twice the $4,600 raised at last year’s event.


• The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy announced the results of the 2016 Uniform CPA Examinations. Among medium-sized programs, IPFW’s department of accounting and finance in the Doermer School of Business ranked No. 38 – or within the top 13th percentile – in the nation for its students’ first-time pass rate. IPFW’s accounting students had a 62.5 percent pass rate, compared with the nationwide rate of 54.4 percent.

• Alumni Association Awards were given at the IPFW Homecoming Celebration. The recipients were Karson Putt, the Bob Jesse Medal; Mary Jo Hardiman, Outstanding Young Alumni Award; Shubitha Kever, Alumni Citation Award; Daniel Gebhart, Distinguished Service Award; Sharon Wight, Alumni Top Volunteer Award; and Janet Iden Kamdar, honorary lifetime board member.

Ivy Tech

• Beginning this semester, Unity Performing Arts Foundation Inc. will lease rooms at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast. The rooms on the Coliseum Campus will serve as reception, office, storage and practice space for Voices of Unity, the foundation’s youth choral program.

• Darryl Esterline, business representative of Sheet Metal Workers Local 20 and president of Northeast Indiana Building Trades, was appointed to Ivy Tech Northeast’s Regional Board of Trustees. His term is three years.

Saint Francis

The University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts is holding its 41st annual High School Exhibition through March 19 in the Mimi and Ian Rolland Visual and Art Communication Center just off Leesburg Road. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.


Ambassador Enterprises was recognized as the 2016 For-Profit Employer of the Year at Indiana INTERNnet’s annual IMPACT Awards Luncheon in February. Indiana INTERNnet is a statewide resource for internship opportunities managed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Ambassador Enterprises’ intern experience program was developed two years ago.

Huntington University

• Entries will be accepted through April 1 for the May 6 Forester High School Film Festival. It is part of the Forester Film Festival, an event put on by Huntington University’s digital media arts department. Categories include short films, broadcasting and animation. Visit for information.

• Jeffrey B. Webb, professor of American history and department chair of history and political science at Huntington University, was published in the international peer reviewed journal Environment, Space, Place with his study of the redesign of the Upper Wabash River watershed.

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