Event Details

In November, alumni, their immediate families, and school staff will have a final opportunity to tour their former school and ‘Meet & Greet’ with fellow alums. Event organizer, The Waynedale News invites the following groups each day of the two-day event:

  • Friday, November 10; 8am – 6pm: Alumni who graduated in years 1969 or before, and their immediate family only, as well as former staff members.
  • Saturday, November 11; 8am – 6pm: Alumni who graduated in years 1970 or after, and their immediate family only.

All attendees will have the opportunity to experience a 25 minute guided walking tour of the main floor of the building, passing main features of their experiences as a student or staff member, such as the Music Rooms, Courtyards, Stage & Auditorium, Lecture Room, Staff Areas, Cafeteria, Library, Main Gym and more. A suggested donation of $5 per person will be collected at the entrance. Proceeds will benefit the Waynedale Community, split between the Waynedale Sidewalks & Trails Initiative and the Waynedale Corridor Project.

Following the tour, guests are invited to the Main Gym for a ‘Meet & Greet’ with fellow alumni. There will be light refreshments and seating to allow guests to reminisce about their experiences. There will also be Elmhurst mementos available for purchase as a fundraiser for Waynedale community causes.

With a limited two-day time frame for tours and high attendance anticipated, it is suggested for attendees to arrive early and expect a line. Attendees should look for directional signage for parking and other instructions, which will be posted on the days of the event. As the building has been sitting empty for seven years, attendees should be cautioned that there is some deterioration and they will be required to sign a liability waiver before entering the building. No food, drinks or pets will be allowed inside. Local law enforcement agencies will be providing event security. Attendees should also take note that this event and The Waynedale News has no affiliation with Hanson Aggregates or Fort Wayne Community Schools. The Waynedale News would like to remind guests that this is a time to respect those who would like to step back in time and re-live warm memories of time spent in the school; not a time for negativity in reference to the difficult decisions made by owners of the property.

This is an excerpt from the October 13, 2017 issue of The Waynedale News. Please see the following link for the full article: https://thewaynedalenews.com/2017/10/a-final-farewell-planned-for-elmhurst-grads/


Frequently Asked Questions

  • I have some questions, who can I contact?
    Please review the frequently asked questions [below] for an answer first. If you can’t find the answer to your question, the Event Organizer asks that you do NOT call, but you please use the contact form at the bottom of this page and a response will be sent to you as soon as possible. Note: This page will be updated with answers to popular questions.
  • Do I need to sign-up to attend?
    No RSVP Necessary. Just show up on the day that suits your graduation year, with an ID.
  • Who can I bring?
    Alumni and Staff members can bring immediate family members only. Our definition of immediate family members include: siblings, parents, spouse and children. With the limited two-day time frame, there will be a limited amount of guests who can tour the school; please respect others’ opportunity to experience the tour by reducing your group to as few of people as possible.
  • When should I show up? And will there be a line?
    With the limited time frame for tours and high attendance anticipated, it is suggested for attendees to arrive early and expect a line. Chairs will be available for those who need to sit down while waiting in line.
  • There’s a fence. Where do I park/ how do I get in?
    Guests should look for directional signage for parking and other instructions near the road, which will be posted on the days of the event. During anticipated peak times, there may be parking attendants to guide traffic.
  • I can’t come on the day listed for my alumni year, can I come on the other day?
    No. This event is designed to accommodate the expected thousands of guests and will follow the rules for each day, which are:
    – Friday, November 10; 8am – 6pm: Alumni who graduated in years 1969 or before, and their immediate family only, as well as former staff members.
    – Saturday, November 11; 8am – 6pm: Alumni who graduated in years 1970 or after, and their immediate family only.
  • I attended Elmhurst H.S. but I didn’t graduate; or I attended Elmhurst for some time, but graduated from another school, will I be let in? Yes.
  • I am an immediate family member of a deceased alumni, will I be let in? Yes.
  • Is the event handicap accessible?
    Yes. The Tour and Meet & Greet is on the main level of the building. There are no stairs along the path. Doorways will accommodate most wheelchairs.
  • Can I bring food, drinks or pets?
    No. Food, drinks or pets will NOT be allowed inside. However, refreshments will be available for purchase in the ‘Meet & Greet’ area at the end of the tour, as a fundraiser for Waynedale community causes.
  • Will I be asked to sign a waiver?
    Yes. As the building has been sitting empty for seven years, attendees should be cautioned that there is some deterioration and they will be required to sign a liability waiver before entering the building.
  • Will there be security?
    Yes. Local law enforcement agencies will be providing event security. Guests can be asked to leave at any time, for any reason.
  • How will donations be collected?
    A suggested donation of $5 per person will be collected at the entrance to cover event expenses and proceeds to benefit Waynedale community causes. Donations may be made via cash or check [written to “Waynedale.com”].
  • How can I drop off canned goods for the Miss Virginia’s Food Pantry?
    Canned goods will be collected near the entrance. Look for signs for further instructions.
  • Will there be photographers/ will my photo be taken?
    Yes. By attending this event, you are consenting to having your photo taken by event photographers that will be available to the public.
  • Will there be food?
    Yes. There will be refreshments / concessions available for purchase as a fundraiser to benefit Waynedale community causes. There also will be Food Trucks at select times.
  • Will there be bathrooms?
    Yes. There will be bathrooms located outside near the entrance and exit of the tour (near the Meet & Greet area).
  • Is there anything else I should know?
    This event has been organized by The Waynedale News through the support and assistance of Elmhurst Alumni and Waynedale community members. Attendees should also take note that this event and The Waynedale News has no affiliation with Hanson Aggregates or Fort Wayne Community Schools. The Waynedale News would like to remind guests that this is a time to respect those who would like to step back in time and re-live warm memories of time spent in the school; not a time for negativity in reference to the difficult decisions made by owners of the property.

You can’t go to the event naked.
Why not boast that you’re a Trojan with this limited edition shirt!

Are you an Elmhurst High School supporter? This t-shirt is a fantastic tribute to the high school; perfect for alumni, former staff and community members to show their Trojan pride. This t-shirt features the Elmhurst Trojan logo on the front and “Forever A Trojan” lettering on the back side. T-shirts are red with a white design and lettering, available in most sizes.

Shirts are also available for purchase [cash only] at The Waynedale News Office (2505 Lwr Huntington Rd. 46809). As this is a fundraiser, there currently are a limited amount of t-shirts available, while supplies last.


Looking To Read More From Elmhurst’s Legacy?

In honor and memory of Elmhurst High School, its alumni, teachers and staff, The Waynedale News has prepared a 100 article selection from the past fifteen years covering Elmhurst topics. Follow this link to a very special Elmhurst Section, prepared by The Waynedale News: https://thewaynedalenews.com/category/elmhurst/


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