NSHS open house to welcome hundreds - September 22, 2005

Record Number: 1771
Displayed from: Sep 22, 2005 , until: Oct 02, 2005

For the past three years Fort Wayne Community Schools majestic North Side High School has been landscaped by big construction trailers, heavy duty equipment and workers in hardhats. Now, the job of renovating the nearly 80 year old structure is about over and it is time to celebrate! On Saturday, Oct. 1, the school will hold an open house for the community. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. and at 1 p.m. in the By Hey Arena there will be short ceremony featuring remarks from Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson, Fort Wayne Mayor Graham Richard and others. Ribbon cutting will be at 1:30 p.m. followed by tours of the school. The district hopes hundreds of members of the community will join us to celebrate the completion of this much-needed renovation project. Tours will be given until 4 p.m. North Side is one of Fort Wayne Community Schools’ six high schools. It features a neo-classic architecture and circular style that left Fort Wayne citizens awe-struck when it opened in the fall of 1927. More than 75 years later, its enrollment had more than doubled from the original 700 and its numerous staircases, steep steps and small doorways made accessibility difficult. Groundbreaking for the $49 million project took place December 2, 2002. The renovation included the addition of 117,054 square feet, bringing the school to a whopping 403,107 square feet making it the district’s largest high school! Acreage is now 17.06 compared to 12.7 before the renovation began. And 319 parking spaces have been added. New, state-of-the-art technology, handicap accessibility, larger classrooms and more awaits visitors during the tour. Students and members of the North Side Alumni Association will be on hand to serve as tour guides. Principal is Charles DeFord. the school is located at 475 E. State Blvd. Join us for this exciting event!

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.